Diners frequently provide folks with something they can't get anywhere else, whether that's an affordable meal for the weary road traveler, company and coffee for the lonely hearted, or for Steve Guttenberg, a role. For a diner shockingly providing all with Mexican food, drop by Cafe de La Esquina.
Brought to BK by the crew behind the Nolita stalwart, CDLEWD's new 'burg complex is located inside the local landmark and retains the "original Wythe Diner aesthetics" (red leather bar stools, RV-esque wood paneling) in the cafe up front, while the reservations-only dining room in the back feels more like a Mexico City brasserie thanks to artisanal tequilas shelved behind chicken wire, tin lanterns, and an original Munch-esque painting featuring the traditional Latin image of a Cadillac spewing exhaust over a pile of skulls. Highlighting the new-to-BK menu of munchables is a "guisado" program, essentially a DIY taco spread in which stacked metallic dishes arrive filled with tortillas, a veggie topping, and a slow-cooked meat, with options ranging from meatballs (stuffed with Cotija cheese and covered in mole rojo) to crispy duck, which has clearly been burned by the recruiting scandal. Other debuting dishes will range from they-didn't-already-do-that? guac & chips, to more substantial plates of Nuevo Ceviche (striped bass, hearts of palm, Fresno peppers), and chorizo empanadas bursting with cheese, pickled jalapenos & poblano chiles, so spicy they'll have you chasing waterfalls.
In a few short weeks they'll also unveil an outdoor garden that'll do double duty as a daytime area for the also-draft-beer-slinging taqueria window, and at night will function as an extension of the cafe, providing folks with something they otherwise wouldn't be able to get: seats.