La Esquina Cafe

I have passed by La Esquina numerous times during my trips to-and-from Soho and Chinatown but I had never actually tried their food. Their corner storefront is always busy with people taking out or eating in so I knew it must be good. One free afternoon, the Boyfriend and I stepped into La Esquina’s sit-down cafe just next door to their corner Taqueria.

We arrived just when they opened and were seated immediately. They soon filled up not too long after we were seated. We decided to share a starter and two entrees since neither of us could decide on one entree that we wanted. First to arrive was the Tostada De Cangrejo with lump crabmeat and mango on chipotle mayo ($12.00). The crabmeat was very generous and you can taste that it’s real crab instead of the mushy canned kind. The tostada was crunchy and the mixture of flavors went really well with each other.

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Our first entree to share was the Bistec Taco, which features char-grilled skirt steak, charred onions, cilantro and salsa de chile de arbol on top of soft corn torillas ($10.00 for 2). The skirt steak was very flavorful but there was just too much cilantro! I also kind of wish the torillas were thicker because some of the oil leaked through.

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Our second entree was the Aguacate con Queso Torta, which features avocado, queso fresco, black beans, lettuce, tomato, onion and chipotle mayo on bread. The sandwich comes with papas fritas and a mixed green salad ($8.00). The portion size was huge! The fries, which is sprinkled with lime juice was super tasty. The star was definitely the sandwich. The avocado, queso fresco and chipotle mayo was a great mixture and tasted extremely fresh. It was definitely the best dish of the day.

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La Esquina has Happy Hour everyday from 12pm – 4pm, which features $6 margaritas and $3 Tecates. It’s definitely a good deal if you’re in for a lunch-time drink.

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