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elanlove Apr 28, 2010 09:49 AM

Looking for a good Mexican joint in West Village, fun drinks and the like. Thinking about Diablo Royale - any reviews?

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Diablo Royale
189 W 10th St, New York, NY 10014

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  1. foodie4life RE: elanlove Apr 28, 2010 10:13 AM

    I don't know Diablo Royale but what about Cabrito?
    http://www.cabritonyc.com/

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    Diablo Royale
    189 W 10th St, New York, NY 10014

    Cabrito
    50 Carmine St, New York, NY 10014

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      chow_gal RE: foodie4life Apr 28, 2010 10:30 AM

      I second Cabrito. Haven't been in a while, but used to love Mexicana Mama.

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      Mexicana Mama
      525 Hudson St, New York, NY 10014

      Cabrito
      50 Carmine St, New York, NY 10014

    2. JungMann RE: elanlove Apr 28, 2010 10:37 AM

      Diablo Royale is not that great and Cabrito has mixed reviews, though I have always been happy with Mercadito Grove.

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      Mercadito Grove
      100 7th Ave S, New York, NY 10014

      Diablo Royale
      189 W 10th St, New York, NY 10014

      Cabrito
      50 Carmine St, New York, NY 10014

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        Mr Porkchop RE: elanlove Apr 28, 2010 12:22 PM

        I generally avoided Mexican when I lived in the W. Village. I personally don't care for either Mexicana Mama or Mercadito Grove, but I know lots of people like them. The latter at least has more space and will probably be a little more boisterous (M. Mama is pretty cramped). Mercadito Grove may have the distinction of the weakest margarita of my life, if you care about such things. I think Cabrito might be your best bet.

        Florencia 13 (unorthodox name, it's an LA street gang), in the village village, is a little underappreciated. It's firmly cal-mex with a vato theme. The food is passable (though I haven't met a chile relleno burrito I don't like). But they have the best margaritas in the city. They remind me of the stuff I used to sneak as a kid.

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        Mercadito Grove
        100 7th Ave S, New York, NY 10014

        Mexicana Mama
        525 Hudson St, New York, NY 10014

        Cabrito
        50 Carmine St, New York, NY 10014

        Florencia 13
        185 Sullivan St, New York, NY 10012

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          tazerowe RE: elanlove Apr 29, 2010 05:52 AM

          La Palapa on 6th is a solid choice as well. Slightly upscale from a taco joint, but in line with Mexicana Mama, maybe a little cheaper and certainly less cramped. Outdoor seating is a positive assuming you are OK with 6th ave seating.

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            crovito RE: elanlove May 11, 2010 10:54 AM

            Diablo Royale is fun but the food isn't that good. Mexicana Mama used to be good and it is now straight up terrible. I'm not sure what happened but somewhere between 5 years ago and last month they stopped caring. I think the best Mexican in the W. Vill by FAR is Mole'. Great service, large portions, fresh food and tasty drinks.

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            Diablo Royale
            189 W 10th St, New York, NY 10014

            Mexicana Mama
            525 Hudson St, New York, NY 10014

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              small h RE: crovito May 11, 2010 11:05 AM

              Mole is not in the West Village, unless they moved from E. Houston @ Allen. Did they? (I also think it sucks, but I know it has its fans.)

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                LeahBaila RE: small h May 11, 2010 11:20 AM

                I saw this (Mole in the WV) last week. Perhaps they opened a second location?

                www.thelunchbelle.com

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                  small h RE: LeahBaila May 11, 2010 11:26 AM

                  Odd. It's not on their website. But you are correct! (This does not change my opinion of the food.)

                  http://www.molenyc.com/
                  http://ny.eater.com/archives/2010/01/...

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                    iFat RE: small h May 12, 2010 06:10 PM

                    agreed w/small h - mole is beat. as is diablo royale. the food at cabrito is way better than both of those places, but also more expensive.

                    www.immaculateinfatuation.com

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