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Posted by JJames77 on 09/16/2005
Stumbling upon Diablo Royale was a pleasant surprise. Although I was disappointed to find that the out-door seating was temporarily closed, my indoor experience was quite satisfying. First off, I love the theme (what ever it is). It?s a bit of a catholic church meeting hell at Disneyland. But don?t let the theme or the name scare you away. The service inside it quite heavenly. It was a bit loud, but that?s just because everyone around me seamed to be having fun. And though it is also a bit pricey, finding good Mexican food in New York City makes it all worth it.
Posted by Anonymous on 09/01/2005
I went there last night and everything started nicely. Had a few cocktails at the bar while we waited to be seated. After 20-25mins (which we expected) we got seated. The waitress did not come over to us for 15mins and she only came then because we asked for her. The chips and salsa were very tasty and the menu was typical mexican, enchiladas, quesadillas, elotes, etc. When our food got there the bus boy brought two sauces. I asked him what they were and he pointed to the teddy bear bottle and said it was mild and the other one (labeled 'devil something') was the hot one. Anyway I put some of the mild on my plate and took my first bite of my chiles rellenos with some of the sauce. It was so HOT! I'm mexican and have hot sauce and chiles all the time but someone made a mistake and put the extremely hot sauce in another bottle. I was clearly dying and eating the subpar rice that came with the food and trying to breathe and the waitress didn't ask if I was okay. The busboy did not apologize. He just took the sauces away. We had to ask for milk (which they suggested I drink but didn't bring until my friend spoke up for me (cuz I couldn't speak) and then they brought it). Throughout the whole thing, the waitress did not come by once. Anyway the food wasnt great enough that I would go there again. The staff really needs to be replaced (except for the host - he was quite friendly) and they have to figure out a way of making rice that doesn't look like it was heated in a microwave.
Posted by ChristopherGirl on 08/22/2005
Just had a few drinks, but they were delicious, as was the salsa. Great place to sit for an hour or so...
Posted by Anonymous on 08/16/2005
Finally a funky, hip but not too trendy mexican joint in the west village. Not only is the staff totally welcoming and helpful, the make you feel like you are at cheers. The hot bartender knows his way around a margarita. The menu offers a perfect selection with out being to large or too small. The guac is great and fresh and the tacos remind me of being in mexico. I went for a drink with a friend and stayed till the wee hours chatting and drinking with the staff. Highly recommend for Wednesday night when you are looking for a little Devil in your night!
Posted by papa taco on 08/09/2005
Though the decor seems inviting from the street - cool red antler chandeliers, low light, warm, rustic brick and wood - this salt mine's celebrated common tables are unpleasant. They're like sitting in a mexican version of camelot, which might be fun elsewhere. Here, the long rectangular tables are inappropriate for such a long narrow space. They have stuffed it so full of seating (even by nyc standards) that you are literally sitting on strangers. And the bar, where you can count on having to wait surrounded by loudmouthed extras from sex and the city, is even worse. They've divided up the area with more tables - these without chairs. They've got good, interesting margaritas and plenty of tequillas. Be sure to enjoy oceans of booze - maybe it will paralyze your tastebuds before dinner arrives. The only good thing at this place is the salsa (salt-sa, really) and the well-salted (of course) chips. that's not much to be proud of. Especially considering this place's name: shouldn't invoking the devil imply that the cuisine will be hella spicy? Not here. Food: i had chicken enchiladas with mole sauce, Which, to my knowledge is not supposed to taste like it's made of caviar. None of the smoky, chocolaty, hot pepper sexiness of good mole was close to being present. It just tasted like salt. I even wiped off all of the sauce and tasted the chicken by itself, and that tasted of salt as well. Someone else at the table couldn't eat the same enchilada - yep, too salty - so he sent it back and got a taco that was equally unappetizing. The refried black beans are also not recommended. Black, impossibly thick and salty. Noticing a pattern here? The restaurant staff is nice - the bartender was great and the host was especially friendly.
Posted by Drew the Diner on 08/06/2005
My friend and I liked the place and thought the food was pretty good. Our only complaint was that everything was REALLY salty, which we didn't mind at first when it was just the chips. But there was a lot of salt in the food too. I had two tacos - a tuna, and a carnitas. The tuna was actually pretty good. The carnitas was somewhat dry and unadorned. I may give it another try. I love good Mexican food. While this wasn't hitting the jackpot, it was better than a lot of the other places I've tried in the area.
Posted by Village local on 07/29/2005
They're still ironing some kinks out of the service: our waitress was outside chatting when we decided to place our order, and spent the rest of the night awkwardly apologizing. But the food is great, and while it's not at fast food prices, you can definitely piece together a reasonably priced meal. I mean, we were full off of (delicious) guac and chips and nachos before the main courses even arrived. If budget's a concern, try ordering the one-taco appetizer along with some others. The black cherry margarita's a don't-miss, and the carnitas sandwich with plantain chips is like a gourmet pulled pork, melt-in-your mouth. Much better than Mexicana Mama. Plus the atmosphere, with bare wood floors and benches, faded white brick walls, glowing red panels, saints' candles, red antler chandeliers, and 666 t-shirts on the waitresses, feels like a Colorado saloon raided by the Village's halloween parade. I'm definitely going back.