La Esquina Taqueria is, at this point, a mini chain in NYC. The tacos can be a little inconsistent, but they’re generally pretty solid, and the guacamole is made to order (at whatever spice level you want). This place is counter-service, however, so, unlike the main La Esquina downtown, it isn’t going to be somewhere you bring a date. There is, however, a little sitting area, and you can always just grab a few takeout tacos on your way home.
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