You've sweet-talked bouncers, descended dark staircases and squeezed past smoky kitchens, all in the name of
entering secretive lairs of tacos and tequila.
But once in a while, you just want to gracefully waltz through the front door and order a michelada.
Welcome to Diablo Royale Este
, a massive, ornately crafted, down-and-dirty Mexican saloon
opening tomorrow for Cinco de Mayo and other late nights of tequila-soaked
Like its older, smaller cousin in the West Village, any hint of pretense is lost under the glare of hundreds
of Mexican church candles reflecting off red chandeliers made of deer antlers. This is where you'll come for
margarita/beer hybrids, Gaucho BBQ platters
of sliced rib eye for 10 served on the back patio and puzzling over not
one, but two staircases that lead nowhere at all.
It's just the kind of Mexican saloon you'd expect to find a demon Salma Hayek in, wrestling a python and
preparing to devour a room full of lowlifes—just with fewer lowlifes, about the same amount of tequila and
bites of fried oyster tacos.
And if you simply can't enjoy tequila without first descending a hidden staircase, Diablo Royale Este
delivers with an underground "bordello" of blood red walls, mirrored ceilings, a rotating projection of
classic rock videos and a billiard table hidden under a dining room table.
We won't tell you what's hidden beneath the billiard table.
Diablo Royale Este
167 Avenue A
(at 11th St)
New York, NY 10009