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Diablo Royale

189 W. Tenth St. (W. Fourth St.) Send to Phone
212-620-0223 | Order Now!
The devil's in the details for this West Village Mexican bistro.

Dinner nightly, Brunch Sat.-Sun.

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Diablo Royale Restaurant Review

: Diablo Royale is a playful take on the Mexican concept of the Devil as a merry prankster: The inferno-esque red glow behind the cozy bar area is one tip-off, as are the 666 printed on the waitstaff's shirts and the voodoo-themed bodega candles lining a rough-hewn counter. There are dozens of specialty tequilas and related cocktails (consider a pitcher of the spicy blood orange margaritas) as well as entrées such as shrimp ajillo (heads-on, grilled with dried chilies and fresh garlic); the pollo con Pipian, a pan-roasted half-chicken in pumpkin seed-tomatillo sauce; or adobo spare ribs braised with chile and Mexican honey. But the real stars of the show (besides hand-carved furnishings from a little town just outside Pueblo) are the wildly popular tacos, which are served in homemade tortillas stuffed with unusual combo fillings like atun (seared tuna with mâche and avocado crema); al pastor (roasted pork, pineapple chunks); or Baja-style beer-battered cod.
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