Daniela and Chris LaMotta had planned to open Agua Dulce in February, along with operating partner Fernando Riquelme (Pampano, Rosa Mexicano), but as you can see, the “Latin Regency” design scheme required a lot of work (the restaurant shares a designer with Ava and Sugar). Chef Ulrich A. Sterling (formerly of Chicama and Pipa) will play on the restaurant’s name by cooking with filtered H2O infused with flavors like cucumber, mango, or papaya. Those same waters will also be available by the carafe, with proceeds going to the Latin American Clean Water Initiative. The two-story space, which boasts a 30-foot atrium as well as front and back patios, opened for dinner this week and will start serving lunch next Monday.
Agua Dulce menu [MenuPages]
Agua Dulce, 802 Ninth Ave., nr. 53rd St.; 212-262-1299