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Mark Manger

El Diablo

Mark Manger
The devil's in the details. After two years of planning, Jesse Morreale opened his new restaurant, El Diablo, in the corner of the old First Avenue Hotel, a place that looked like hell when Morreale bought it but has now been transformed into a fantasy cantina, with stunning murals, vintage conquistador-style light fixtures, a big center bar (pouring the same house margs that win awards at Morreale's Tambien) and huge windows that offer a view of the passing parade on Broadway. But you'll want to focus on the menu, because Sean Yontz is in the kitchen here, and he's come up with a huge roster of appetizers (including excellent sopas), soups, salads, entrees (chicken mole, brisket) and a dream lineup of tacos -- which are served until 4 a.m. From a walk-up window on First Avenue. Heaven!

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