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New York Magazine: City Shutters La Esquina
Aileen Gallagher

Cancel those La Esquina plans: The restaurant is temporarily closed. “The Department of Buildings has determined that conditions in this premises are imminently perilous to life.” According to photos submitted by a Grub Street tipster, it’s the restaurant itself that’s the source of the trouble. “It is hereby ordered that all persons occupying any part or parts of the structure located at CELLAR LEVEL (EATING AND DRINKING ESTABLISHMENT) vacate such … parts of the premises forthwith.”

A closer reading of the vacate order gives us pause: “There is imminent danger to life or public safety … in that at cellar level arranged for over 284 occupants with wood combustible ceilings and inadequate Egress (illegal Egress through intervening spaces on 1st floor.” But why now? La Esquina has always been in a combustible basement with inadequate egress. Either someone just got around to inspecting them, or the Department of Buildings is in a crackdown kind of mood today.


Valentines Day : Cookie Bar Pop-Up Shop
James Beard award-winning author, Dorie Greenspan & her son Josh
Monday 2/8 – Saturday 2/13
@ MIZU – 505 Park Avenue (btwn 59th – 60th)
11am until 7pm

Patsy’s is my favorite…….
Why New York City’s Iconic Pizza Is So Tough to Replicate

211 Waverly Place
Phone: 212-627-7575

Extra Virgin
259 W 4th St, New York 10014
Btwn Charles & Perry St
Phone: 212-691-9359

61 W 74th St, New York 10023
Btwn CPW & Columbus Ave
Phone: 212-579-3000

Sant Ambroeus
1000 Madison Ave, New York 10021
Btwn 77th & 78th St
Phone: 212-570-2211

1396 3rd Ave, New York 10021
Btwn 79th & 80th St
Phone: 212-772-3331

Basta Pasta
37 W 17th St, New York 10011
Btwn 5th & 6th Ave
Phone: 212-366-0888

51 Avenue B, New York 10009
Btwn 3rd & 4th St
Phone: 212-539-0111
Best lasagna in the city.

La Locanda
737 9th Ave, New York 10019
Btwn 49th & 50th St
Phone: 212-258-2900

Lil Frankies Pizza
19 First Avenue
Btwn 1 st & 2 nd street
Phone: 212-420-4900

La Vela
373 Amsterdam Ave, New York 10024
Btwn 77th St & 78th St
Phone: 212-877-7818

1561 2nd Ave,
New York 10028
At 81st St
Phone: 212-744-1100

Blueberry Pancakes from the Clinton Street Baking Company

Meat Packing
9 9th Ave, New York 10014
At Little W 12th St
Phone: 212-929-4844

Upper West Side
Good Enough to Eat
483 Amsterdam Ave,
New York 10024
Btwn 83rd & 84th St
Phone: 212-496-0163

Sarabeth’s West
423 Amsterdam Ave,
New York 10024
At 80th St
Phone: 212-496-6280

Upper East Side
Norma’s @ Le Parker Meridian
118 West 57th Street
Phone: 212-245-5000

Fred’s at Barney’s
660 Madison Ave,
New York 10021
At 61st St
Phone: 212-833-2200

1064 Madison Ave,
btwn’ 80th 81st St
Phone: 212-772-0022

West Village
Extra Virgin
259 W 4th St,
New York 10014Btwn
Charles & Perry St
Phone: 212-691-9359

Pink Tea Cup
42 Grove St,
New York 10014
Btwn Bedford & Bleeker St
Phone: 212-807-6755

Cornelia Street Café
29 Cornelia St,
New York 10014
Btwn Bleecker & W 4th St
Phone: 212-989-9319

Lower East Side
Clinton Street Baking Co.
4 Clinton St,
New York 10002
Btwn Stanton & Houston St
Phone: 646-602-6263

135 N 5th St,
Brooklyn 11211
At Bedford Ave
Phone: 718-302-5151

Park Luncheonette
334 Driggs Ave,
Brooklyn 11222
At Lorimer St
Phone: 718-383-3571

Night of the Cookers
767 Fulton St,
Brooklyn 11217
Btwn Greene Ave & S Oxford St
Phone: 718-797-1197

La Esquina
106 Kenmare St, New York 10012
At Lafayette St
Phone: 646-613-1333

Mama Mexico
2672 Broadway, New York 10025
At 102nd St
Phone: 212-864-2323
try: the guacamole.. they make it for you fresh at the table

The Taco Truck, yes it is a truck.
on 96th street west of Broadway
(try it all, super tasty, don’t fear the truck)

Mexicana Mama
525 Hudson St, New York 10014
At 10th St
Phone: 212-924-4119

338 Bedford Ave, Brooklyn 11211
Btwn S 2nd & S 3rd St
Phone: 718-384-9500

El Sombrero aka the Hat
108 Stanton corner of Ludlow

Spanish / Caribbean
4141 Broadway, New York 10033
At 175th St
Phone: 212-927-3812

Flor de Mayo
484 Amsterdam Ave, New York 10024
Btwn 83rd & 84th St
Phone: 212-787-3388

El Castillo de Jagua
113 Rivington St, New York 10002
Corner of Essex St
Phone: 212-982-6412