114 Kenmare St., nr. Lafayette St.,
Phone: (646) 613-7100
This trendy, deli-front restaurant is one part taqueria, one part brasserie, and another part café. With three different restaurants in one, you’ll be able to get your ceviche fix even if you can’t secure a table in the cafe below. La Esquina’s taqueria, open from 8 a.m. to 2 am., features a modest lunch counter and does mostly to-go and delivery orders, but you can get ceviche pretty much anytime you’re craving it. And while the tacos from the taqueria are a must (try the Cochinita Pibil or the Tinga de Pollo), the Ceviche Acapulco and the Fluke Ceviche are the two dishes that keep us coming back. The traditional Ceviche Acapulco is a simple, satisfying mix of fresh fish, tomatoes, avocado, jalapeno, and a little lime juice. If you’re looking for something more exciting, try the Fluke Ceviche. It’s a lively melange of marinated cucumbers, pickled carrots, Durango chilies, and a dash of fresh oregano. We suggest you pair either with a Michelada, a classic Mexican beer cocktail or a spicy “Pepino Diablo,” a tequila-based drink made with cucumber, agave nectar, and fresh lime juice. Make it a night and enjoy the bar scene full of pretty people and nightly DJs.