207 East 117th Street,
Mexican-born chef Adrian Leon fuses the traditional flavors of his homeland, like chipotle and jalapenos, with the more exotic, like basil, coconut, and ginger at Agua Fresca. A marriage of Latin and Mexican cooking, the menu at this quaint East Harlem eatery ambitiously spans the map featuring everything from grilled flatbreads anointed with chimichurri to chicken milanese. There are several kinds of Ceviche, including Ceviche Camarones with shrimp, roasted tomatoes, onions and avocado and a Tiradito of Salmon with an Orange Juice-Soy Marinade. The best is the Mixto with shrimp, calamari, mussels and lots more. Chef Leon gets bonus points with us for his creative plating: He serves his ceviche in a cocktail glass with a colorful garnish of cilantro.