Wednesday, February 16, 2022

9th and C looks to be home to the second coming of former LES cantina La Flaca

An EVG tipster shares these photos of the former Esperanto space, which apparently has a new tenant.

A sign on the door here on the NW corner of Avenue C and Ninth Street for the USPS includes the names La Flaca and Robert Gonzales ... 
Gonzales, a native of New Mexico, operated La Flaca — billed as "New York's premier New Mexican bar and restaurant" — during a 10-year run (2010-2020) down on Grand at Suffolk. Looks as if they're just starting to settle in here and have yet to appear before CB3 for a new liquor license.

Esperanto quietly closed sometime in 2021 after 22 years in service.


Anonymous said...

Esperanto was the first place I ever had a mojito.

Anonymous said...

So excited to hear La Flaca may be coming back! I miss them so much on Grand Street--real community hangout.

Anonymous said...

And we gettin a Taco Bell! Life is good.

Anonymous said...

Yeah, I've eaten at LaFlaca several times and I don't think it's very good, sadly.
Esperanto will be missed :(