Sitting in a crowd of beachfront eateries, there's nothing about El Nuevo Acuario that stands out. Open air: tick. Plastic tables and chairs: tick. A view of the ocean: tick. The food, however, is in a class of its own. Creative takes on Puerto Rican seafood, refined flavors, gourmet presentation and service that makes you feel like a regular.
For a classic start, try the seafood ceviche – tender chunks of conch, octopus, and shrimp with slices of fried plantain. For a main with kick, order the shrimp in creole sauce. Innovative mojitos made from fresh papaya and blueberries are tough to turn down.