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La Esquina

If you like adventure, you’ll love La Esquina. From street level, it looks like an unassuming taco stand, where the hipper-than-thou gather to munch on tacos packed with spicy pulled pork and crunchy cabbage or chorizo, cactus, and potatoes (says chef Brad Farmerie, “I could eat these everyday and not get tired of it.”), but make it past the slouching, T-shirt wearing door guard down the stairs and through the kitchen, and you’ll enter the subterranean heart of this Mexican delight.

Dispense with forks for the citrusy rotisserie-roasted chicken and just pick it up and gnaw until there’s nothing left, and the lamb chops with mint and jalapeno are downright unforgettable, as is the excellent and thorough tequila list. Farmerie sums it up this way: “Good Mexican food with super tasty flavors and a good scene. A real unique place and reservations are a must – you walk through an unmarked door, through the kitchen, and downstairs to get to the restaurant. Only in New York!”

114 Kenmare Street (Lafayette),
Little Italy
+1 646 613 7100
Opening Times
Taqueria daily, noon-5am. Brasserie 6pm-2am daily,
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