Fans of HBO’s How to Make It in America, will recall that one of the show’s greatest achievements was its ability to weave the spirit of the New York culture scene within its storyline.
In one episode, a birthday dinner is celebrated at La Esquina Brasserie, the concealed restaurant tucked underneath the street level café and taqueria of the La Esquina enterprise. A recent birthday celebration allowed for life to imitate art involving dinner and libations at the taco speakeasy. Toggling between the exclusive and elusive, the crowd, music, and food, all worked in unison to deliver a Manhattan restaurant experience that was memorable.
Veal tongue tacos, octopus with saffron aioli, and crab tostadas are great selections to share. But surprisingly the roasted Mexican corn stole the show. At $5 an ear, it promises to please. Warm butter, salt, cheese, and lime—slathered on a fresh ear of roasted corn, are irrefutably, the best way to usher the rest of the Mexican-inspired menu.
La Esquina Brasserie
114 Kenmare St
(between Mulberry St & Mott St)
New York, NY 10012