As soon as the perfectly spicy habanero margarita emerged from the bar, I knew I'd be in good hands.
Granted, a resto can have a great bar and not-so-great food, but I had a good feeling that I'd have at least a couple solid veggie options available at Agua Dulce, a new trendy Latin eatery in Hells Kitchen.
Though none of the entrees were vegetarian, my server was happy to make my salad an entree... which more than made up for the rather bland guacamole we started out with. With plenty of frisee, some asparagus tips, chayote (a Mexican squash in the gourd family), and some thin slices of Roncal cheese, my salad was a well balanced mix of salty, sweet, and crunchy, and it was a perfect complement to the gentle heat of the habenero margarita. Kudos to the kitchen for being flexible! Also worth sampling while you're there: large, gently battered yucca fries and crispy potatoes with a paprika aioli on top of them.
Did I mention sampling a margarita while you're at it?
Agua Dulce, 802 Ninth Avenue between 53rd and 54th Street, 212-262-1299