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El Diablo is a devilish revival of an old Broadway hotel

El Diablo is a devilish revival of an old Broadway hotel
Mark Manger

In the three years since Jesse Morreale bought the old First Avenue Hotel on Broadway, the two restaurants he's opened on the bottom floor of the property -- Sketch and El Diablo -- with chef and partner Sean Yontz have completely transformed the corner.

Sketch came first, a quiet wine bar that offers little more than fine meats and cheeses for food options. But when El Diablo opened a year ago, it gave the neighborhood a devilish, 400-seat Mexican restaurant and tequila bar with a huge menu and huge crowds, packing in everyone from families to hipsters, who come for everything from breakfast to booze at last call to a street taco after that.

I've been drinking under El Diablo's elaborate murals and retro red lighting since just a few weeks after it opened. But for this week's review, I focused on the food, eating my way through Yontz's board, sampling tacos, tampiqueña and mole in the process.

How was it? Find out tomorrow when the review is posted here.

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