So this week introduces the first in hopefully a bi-monthly series, Feature Fridays. If all goes according to plan (and I can find enough guest bloggers) on the first and third Friday in every month I will be turning over the spotlight to a fellow NYC foodie. This week as our first guest blogger I am introducing Katie and welcoming her review of Hop Devil Grill, one of her favorite spots in the East Village. I’ve only been once but didn’t eat one thing I didn’t like! Turning it over to Katie:
One of my favorite spots in New York City is Hop Devil Grill. I found this Southwestern/Mexican gem almost immediately after I moved to the East Village 2 years ago. It’s on St. Marks between avenue A and B. I can’t remember exactly why I first went, but maybe it had something to do with their nightly specials. My personal favorite is Sangria Night – 64oz pitchers of Sangria every Wednesday for $10! I realize many bars have nightly specials, but Hop Devil Grill’s are definitely worth mentioning.
Mondays: For Monday’s, we have $5 Picklebacks. Jameson speaks for itself, but out pickle juice is from Essex Street Pickle Guys! You know it’s good. Also, $15 pitchers of our STRONG Sweet Tea. It is a blast.
Tuesdays: Taco Tuesdays we call it. Have a great, authentic Southwestern style taco for $1 each. Unlimited at the bar or a dining room table. The deal of the century.
Wednesdays: Sangria night! Our famous brandy infused Burgundian nectar for $10 per 64 oz pitcher. Just watch it, these tasty sangrias can get you hammered!
Thursday: Tostadas Night! NYC’s finest tostadas for just $1 all night. Recession? What recession?
Sundays: In keeping with our recession busting specials, get $10 Liters Olde Saratoga Lagers or Saratoga IPA at the bar, and 50% off of all our tasty burgers. Now those are deals
Now, on to the real reason I’m writing about Hop Devil Grill. The Nachos.
I love a good plate of nachos..
..And HDG’s are AMAZING. They’re possibly the best I’ve ever had for a few reasons. First, the tortilla chips. They’re thick and extra crunchy which helps them stand up to the massive amount of toppings.
Which brings me to the second reason – there aren’t many nachos where you run out of chips before you run out of toppings – this happens here every time. And, my favorite thing about these nachos is the homemade cheese sauce. Hop Devil Grill makes their own queso sauce on-site, spiked with jalapeños so it’s slightly spicy, but nothing you can’t handle.
This melty goodness tops the crunchy chips, followed by lettuce, guacamole, sour cream and a super- fresh pico de gallo. You can also add a protein- ground beef, chicken, or steak. We always opt for the classic ground beef which is A++.
It’s important to note that I believe the place is under new management and sometimes they put shredded cheese on them instead of the queso now. If you go I highly suggest you request the queso!
Hop Devil Grill is a bar, but they have exceptionally good food. Everything I’ve eaten here is very high quality.
- Southwest Chicken Sliders – Spicy chicken, cheddar cheese, crispy bacon, caramelized onion and chipotle remoulade. Delicious but salty.
- Any fajita – comes out sizzling
- Tostadas – and for $1 a piece on Thursdays you can’t go wrong
- Sangria – red is my favorite
- BBQ chicken wings (on the new experimental menu, a solid BBQ wing)
AND to top all of this off here are some other perks:
- They keep at least 25 tasty beer choices on tap along with several tequilas
- It’s a good spot to watch games with several TVs
- Affordable prices and casual, fun atmosphere
- Not for those on a diet
- Gets really crowded during big sporting events
- For a Mexican place, they have bad margaritas