NY Food Tour: Cheap & Authentic Late Night Mexican Food at La Esquina

Date August 15, 2008

NYC Food Guy Note: I’m on vacation in California so I’m sending you on a NY Food Tour to keep your stomach happy while I’m gone. Enjoy the deliciousness.

What to Eat:

Quesadilla Simple ($5.00) filled with salty, stringy queso oaxaca and fresh pico de gallo. Delicious even without the side of salsa verde. Best quesadilla Lil’ NYC Food Guy has ever had. Thanks to Mark Lewis for recommendation.

Carne Enchilada Taco ($3.00) grilled achiote rubbed pork, cilantro, onions, pineapple, salsa verde. The perfect combo of spicy (tender pork & tangy salsa verde) and sweet (chunks of fresh pineapple).

Papa, Nopales Y Chorizo Taco ($3.50) chorizo sausage, potatoes, cactus, salsa verde. More of a textural adventure with combo of spicy chorizo, starchy potato and crisp yet bland (like cabbage) shredded cactus. Better with a squeeze of lime.

  • What: Informal, Affordable & Authentic Mexican Taqueria open until 2AM nightly.
  • Where: 106 Kenmare Street b/t Lafayette St. & Cleveland Place NY, NY 10012 Delivery:646-613-1333
  • Website: http://www.esquinanyc.com/
  • Inside info: The taqueria is a front for the “secret” Mexican restaurant downstairs. You can only reach it by reservation or knowing someone at the door. It’s a scene but it’s also a great date spot.

More Tacos & Mexican Food Here

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2 Responses to “NY Food Tour: Cheap & Authentic Late Night Mexican Food at La Esquina”

  1. john said:

    You got to try the Ribs from there…….Downstairs is different from the outside diner but both are both mouth-watering!

  2. Susan R said:

    Time to revisit-the new chef revised the menu. Huevos rancheros from the LaEsquina CafĂ© has fallen off the list of favorites-that’s what happens when you tinker with perfection. And whoever heard of salsa verde made with avacados?

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