Diablo Royale

Manhattan – West Village

Diablo Royale

189 W 10th Street between W 4th and Bleecker
Manhattan, NY 10014


Time Out NY Despite instant crowds and an Oscar-worthy physical transformation, this Mexican restaurant (formerly the barren West 10th Street Eatery) falls far short of its box-office promise. The slim, awkward space channels Tarantino"s From Dusk Till Dawn with demonic red walls and votive-lit charred wood beams. Mexican is this season"s Japanese--snazzy new joints have flooded Manhattan--and tacos are the main event here, available in mix-n-match twos and threes. Though they sound enticing enough, the fillings ranged from merely generic to totally bland: bulging chewy steak, flavorless tuna, slippery shrimp. The restaurant can"t quite decide whether it wants to be a frozen-margarita-swilling fiesta spot or something more serious, hawking somewhat more complex entrées like chicken in pumpkin-seed sauce and mamocho,{/I} a pork-crackling spread. The "choco taco," a gooey ice-cream mess, was plenty of fun. The orange-saturated barbecued pork, a stringy heap on hockey puck rolls, was not.

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  • admission price:
  • Average main course: $17 (three tacos, $20). AmEx, DC, Disc, MC, V
  • additional info:
  • Bar/LoungeBar/Lounge
  • Delivery/TakeoutDelivery/Takeout
  • Good for GroupsGood for Groups
  • Outdoor SeatingOutdoor Seating

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