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Title: La Esquina Del Cameron
Post by: cultartist on June 11, 2014, 03:49:01 PM
Been enjoying the outdoor weekend sidewalk ceviche stand on the corner of Roosevelt and 80th for a while now but the newly opened weekday counter inside is fantastic.  I just tried the fish empanada and it blew my mind.  They slice an empanada right there before your eyes and load it up with seafood, avocado, cilantro and onions and it tastes delicious and surprisingly light.  Here's the article I saw yesterday that lured me down, somewhat like those smoke fingers in the old cartoons. 

http://chopsticksandmarrow.com/2014/06/la-esquina-del-camaron-brings-seabass-empanadas-tostadas-to-la-roosie/
Title: Re: La Esquina Del Cameron
Post by: pynchoff on June 14, 2014, 04:24:35 PM
Tried them today. Absolutely delicious. Thanks for the heads up!
Title: Re: La Esquina Del Cameron
Post by: spooky on June 15, 2014, 01:19:16 PM
Shrimp cocktails were so good
Title: Re: La Esquina Del Cameron
Post by: cultartist on June 15, 2014, 01:38:57 PM
Really good, right?  I believe they mostly do the sidewalk thing on the weekends but during the weekdays, you gotta step inside and go to the counter in the back.  And even if, like me, you usually avoid the empanadas (more often than not, deep fried, tasteless, boring), these are worth trying.  Slices that baby right up in front of you and stuffs it with all kinds of goodness that will light up your taste buds.  Man, this place is good.
Title: Re: La Esquina Del Cameron
Post by: Jhlobo on June 18, 2014, 06:39:11 PM
I tried the seafood cocktail, fish taco, and stuffed empanada today.  All were excellent. I definitely will be returning. Thanks for the info Cultarist
Title: Re: La Esquina Del Cameron
Post by: Matt on June 22, 2014, 09:34:33 PM
I tried the fish empanadas and I regret only getting two. They are really delicious! While I was waiting, several people were eating the octopus and shrimp cocktail which looked very interesting. I will try that next time. Thanks for the tip, cultartist. I'm not sure I would have noticed this on my own.
Title: Re: La Esquina Del Cameron
Post by: kmjh on June 23, 2014, 06:41:11 PM
We tried the mixed cocktail and the empanadas Saturday. Both were terrific - the fish was flaky and tender and the empanada itself was nicely textured. The seafood in the cocktail was also quite tender and the avocado/hot sauce combo played off the base mixture very well. This was absolutely perfect for a summer afternoon. We will be going back for more soon.
 (http://i32.photobucket.com/albums/d23/BlackshirtPower/Food/LaEsquinaDelCamaronMexicanoCocktailSmallest_zpsc99e9780.jpg)
Title: Re: La Esquina Del Cameron
Post by: Jeffsayyes on July 08, 2014, 01:19:47 PM
Went here yesterday for the first time... Great food, great find. And only $2! Nice dude too.


So, we don't see much seafood in our Mexican food here because most people are from Puebla. The gentleman who brought this to us is  from[size=78%] Mexico City, but learned how to make this when he worked for a woman there from Veracruz. So there... [/size][/glow]


what does this glow button do?
Title: Re: La Esquina Del Cameron
Post by: Superclam on July 08, 2014, 01:28:37 PM
Makes it a little hard to read?  ;D
Title: Re: La Esquina Del Cameron
Post by: 718mom on July 10, 2014, 01:29:43 PM
Yum!!! Are Arepas gluten free?  :)
Title: Re: La Esquina Del Cameron
Post by: dssjh on July 10, 2014, 03:53:37 PM
they're basically nothing but masa (corn meal), water and dried cheese, so i think so. i don't think i've ever seen wheat flour thrown in.....
Title: Re: La Esquina Del Cameron
Post by: ccv on July 23, 2014, 08:06:26 PM
This place rocks!  Tacos, empanadas and cocktail are all so good.
Title: Re: La Esquina Del Cameron
Post by: daisy on August 06, 2014, 10:29:50 AM
Does anyone have an exact address for this?  Or is it cart only?  I've looked several times for a sign on one of the storefronts that says Esquina and I can't find one.  Is it located within something else?
Title: Re: La Esquina Del Cameron
Post by: cultartist on August 06, 2014, 12:42:47 PM
Right there on the Southeast corner of Roosevelt and 80th.  Not marked at all.  In the back of the bodega, you'll find the counter.  Step right up and enjoy.  On the weekend they have a stand on 80th just South of Roosevelt.  They make the ceviche right there and it's mighty good.  But on weekdays, just the counter in the back. 
Title: Re: La Esquina Del Cameron
Post by: daisy on August 06, 2014, 01:31:15 PM
Thank you!
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Post by: 718mom on August 06, 2014, 05:25:36 PM
This food looks gorgeous, thanks everyone for posting!!!
Title: Re: La Esquina Del Cameron
Post by: Jeffsayyes on August 07, 2014, 08:11:19 PM

You can do it, Daisy! Finding it is part of the fun

Does anyone have an exact address for this?  Or is it cart only?  I've looked several times for a sign on one of the storefronts that says Esquina and I can't find one.  Is it located within something else?
Title: Re: La Esquina Del Cameron
Post by: toddg on September 07, 2014, 04:57:58 PM
I finally got a chance to try this.  It was delicious!  Definitely get the hot sauce.
Title: Re: La Esquina Del Cameron
Post by: Jhlobo on June 23, 2015, 01:47:45 PM
They have added some things to their menu; such as fried shark tacos and octopus tacos. They also will be making free deliveries.
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Post by: dssjh on June 23, 2015, 03:44:06 PM
the empanadas are great, can't wait to try the shark.
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Post by: Ms. Jackson on June 25, 2015, 08:46:40 PM
This place serves the best empanada I have ever had.
Title: Re: La Esquina Del Cameron
Post by: mchafkin on July 03, 2015, 03:25:41 PM
thanks for recommending this place. It is -- as everyone here says -- amazing. Eating inside is cozy but surprisingly pleasant.
Title: Re: La Esquina Del Cameron
Post by: ptbass75 on July 16, 2015, 12:01:21 PM
I'm sorry, but I've been having trouble locating exactly where this is on 80th St. and Roosevelt.

North or south side?    Is it inside of a Bodega?  If so, what is the name of the bodega?

 Based on the reviews, I want to recommend this place to someone I know who is currently writing a Queens culture guide. But I need to try it first! Or, barring that locate exactly where it is!

Thanks
Title: Re: La Esquina Del Cameron
Post by: Ms. Jackson on July 16, 2015, 12:20:12 PM
It is in the back of the seemingly-no-name bodega on the southeast corner. Again, best empanada ever. We've also had the octopus taco and shark flautas - good, but no empanada! 
Title: Re: La Esquina Del Cameron
Post by: ptbass75 on July 16, 2015, 05:23:01 PM
Great.  Found it, thanks.

I thought it was there, but the past two times I went there it wasnt open.

Today, scored an amazing fish empanada.  Best $2 i've spent all week.
Title: Re: La Esquina Del Cameron
Post by: toddg on July 16, 2015, 06:22:32 PM
And don't forget the seafood cocktail.  Absolutely perfect on a hot day.  I've started buying it by the quart.
Title: Re: La Esquina Del Cameron
Post by: Ms. Jackson on July 16, 2015, 08:41:53 PM
And don't forget the seafood cocktail.  Absolutely perfect on a hot day.  I've started buying it by the quart.

That's the next thing we are going to try...in addition to empanadas, of course!
Title: Re: La Esquina Del Cameron
Post by: KateJH on July 18, 2015, 07:55:49 PM
Finally made it to La Esquina de Camaron. We planned to get the shrimp and octopus cocktail (it's "Shrimp Corner" after all) but were distracted by the taco options:

We went with one fried fish taco with cilantro, chopped raw onion and a wedge of lime, and one grilled fish taco with soft carmelized onions and lime. The salsa for the table was nice and hot in a fruity/peppery kind of way.

It was delicious and filling lunch for two for $6, plus tip and the price of a soda bought from the bodega up front.

We'll save the cocktails and empanadas for a refreshing lunch on a hot day -- looks like we have one coming up tomorrow  :)
Title: Re: La Esquina Del Cameron
Post by: toddg on July 20, 2015, 12:18:40 AM
Experts agree: La Esquina Del Camaron’s Octopus Taco Rocks (http://chopsticksandmarrow.com/2015/07/la-esquina-del-camarons-octopus-taco-rocks/)!
Title: Re: La Esquina Del Cameron
Post by: missmarty on July 20, 2015, 09:59:48 PM
There is also notable ceviche sold at the little bodega/shop on  86th and 37th.
I've seen people waiting in line for that. Only on weekends though.
Title: Re: La Esquina Del Cameron
Post by: amsci on July 25, 2015, 01:23:18 PM
I finally went over there this afternoon and bought a cocktail, shrimp and octopus mixed and it was delicious!

I asked for a large thinking it was one of the quart sized "soup" containers they had out (so I can share as a meal with my husband) but  it ended up being the next size down (16? 20? oz cup). Rookie mistake on my part, since now I'd love some more.



Title: Re: La Esquina Del Cameron
Post by: toddg on May 04, 2017, 10:47:30 PM
Discovered at long last by the NY Times (https://www.nytimes.com/2017/05/04/dining/la-esquina-del-camaron-mexicano-review.html)!
Title: Re: La Esquina Del Cameron
Post by: twmeb on October 16, 2018, 10:14:00 AM
La Esquina del Cameron, along with two other local "hidden" restaurants (Cinco de Mayo Food Market, and San Antonio Farm & Grocery) are covered in this Grub Street article:

http://www.grubstreet.com/2018/10/hidden-restaurants-in-nyc.html (http://www.grubstreet.com/2018/10/hidden-restaurants-in-nyc.html)

I've been to La Esquina del Cameron.  Looking forward to trying these other two!
Title: Re: La Esquina Del Cameron
Post by: Shelby2 on June 28, 2019, 09:25:35 AM
(https://i.imgur.com/pVJfOY3.jpg)

https://www.instagram.com/p/BzO6uliHxJn/
Title: Re: La Esquina Del Cameron
Post by: dssjh on June 28, 2019, 09:36:43 AM
life-giving coctele! these are incredibly refreshing for a first-thing in the (late) morning meal, especially in this weather :)