Vega: Modern Mexican cuisine in Hartsdale

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Upon entering Vega you will immediately be drawn to the modern edge design and chic interior which is unlike any average Mexican restaurant.  There are no sombreros on the wall or Mexican blankets.  Instead you will find a interesting orange and purple color palette, white tree branches lit with lights, a sheer waterfall, and interesting custom lighting.  The modern look applies to the menu as well which takes a new look at Mexican cuisine.

There are quite a large selection of cocktails to kick off your meal.  I felt compelled to order the Mango Margarita and the Passion Fruit Mojito.  Both were perfectly blended sweet and fruity libations.

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There is something on the menu for everyone.  Small plates offer an interesting selection of classic Mexican dishes for everyone to share.  The tableside guacamole is freshly made and a delicious start to the meal.

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For a perfect and beautifully prepared starter, order the traditional Shrimp Cerviche.  Served in a martini glass with shrimp, lime, cilantro, corn tomatoes and fried plantain.  It is a beautiful presentation as it is delicious.

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Cerviche

The Flautas are another   classic Mexican dish consisting of crispy rolled corn tortillas pulled steak, cream, queso fresco and tomatillo avocado salsa.   For a fun twist try the Cancun Calamari which is chipolte battered, jimama greens, and mango with a delicious passion fruit vinagrette.  A fruity and spicy take on a restaurant staple.

What was so refreshing is the menu is not the usual heavy cheese and sauce Mexican fare.  The classics are here but the chef has really breathed new life into these dishes.  The  Shrimp Quesadilla with a side of rice and beans was a great choice.  The crispy quesadilla complimented the shrimp, soft avocado and tomatillo  salsa.

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Shrimp Quesadilla

There are also interesting menu items uniquely prepared by Vega’s innovative chef.   I especially enjoyed the Pescada Yucatan which is pan seared salmon with a fresh avocado salsa.  Healthy and delicious.

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Pescada Yucatan

The Carnitas are also a delightful pick.  Slow roasted citrus glazed pork, salsa verde with pineapples and oranges.    I also loved the grilled seasonal vegetables as an extra side dish.

Desserts are all made in house.  Don’t leave without trying the Churros or the Apple Taco with ice cream.

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Vega is certainly a very unique, modern and innovative Mexican restaurant, and one I want to experience again soon.

Appetizers:  $ 10-14   Soups and Salads: $7-$16   Entrees: $13-30

Vega

189 East Hartsdale Avenue Hartsdale NY

tel. 914.723.0100

web: http://www.vegamexican.com

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