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Jul 7, 2010 07:29 AM

New Mexican Restaurant in Hartsdale

Passed by the old Oporto on East Hartsdale Avenue. New sign Vega Mexican Cuisine.
The place has been totally gut rehabed. Place looks great. Big glass doors and windows.
Interior all done over in vibrant colors. Large new bar (does not have liquor license yet).
Another restaurant in the chain owned by chef Shiva Natarajan. Was told opening this Friday.

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    1. I am very excited to have the opportunity to welcome Vega to E Hartsdale Ave. The building looks great, the interior is beautiful. The reports I have received from residents and friends about the quality of the food: excellent. Vega will be a great asset to our town and community.
      Greenburgh Town Supervisor

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      1. re: paul feiner

        Thank you, Paul Feiner, for your recommendation of this restaurant.

        1. re: anonymouse1935

          White Plains needs a good quality Mexican...

          1. re: kaaaassss

            Where Paul Feiner goes, I will follow.

            1. re: anonymouse1935

              I'm thrilled to know that Paul Feiner adds " restaurant critic" to his list of many skills...excellent. I have been looking to see if there any additional info there on this spot, but haven't found much.

              1. re: MRS

                I agree, who better to recommend a restaurant than Paul Feiner!

                  1. re: gurud

                    The menu looks pretty basic, so I guess it will entirely depend on the execution.

                    1. re: roxlet

                      Looks like they charge, rather handsomely, for chips and salsa...

                      1. re: Marge

                        Charge for chips and salsa??????????????

                        What a hoot. You can't make this stuff up.

                  1. re: anonymouse1935

                    I believe I saw Feiner wandering the restaurant Sunday night with a guitar singing "Cuando Calliente el Sol"...

                    1. re: foodlad

                      I love it. Very funny, foodlad.

                      P.S. I hope you're kidding.

            2. Ate there last night. Stylish place; welcoming, friendly service.
              Freshly fried chips and delicious salsa came to the table immediately. (I don't think there was any charge for this, @Marge.)
              Very veg friendly menu, critical for me.
              This is a nicer, more upscale iteration of standard Tex-Mex restos.
              Not cheap, but esp with the BYOB for now, I think it was well worth the money.

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              1. re: mrsdebdav

                According to the menu, salsa is $5 and chips are $3?

                1. re: Marge

                  I believe $5 is for 12oz of salsa (relatively large amount). I am guessing that is for takeout....

              2. Not a criticism of Vega, I am hoping it is a really good restaurant....The neighborhood could use one...

                However, a lot of the Indian restaurants in the area owned by the same crew are very sub-par...The list includes Jaipore, Malabar Hill, Rasa....I have been to all 3 and have had rather forgettable experiences...

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                1. re: gurud

                  The "Salsa Bar" is $5, and it includes a bunch of different salsas. The chips and salsa (both really good) put on the table are gratis.
                  @gurud - agree totally with your assessment of those venues.
                  I hope this restaurant does well because a) I liked it and b) I'd hate to see H'dale become a ghost town again. Been through that a number of times before. I live in S'dale (northern part) so H'dale is conveniently within walking distance. I support the small businesses in the area (altho Vega is hardly a one-off for this team). I think it's a benefit to everyone when the locals thrive. As long as they are performing, of course.

                2. My boyfriend and i went to check this place out sunday night and it was mobbed so we asked for a take out menu and they told us they were too busy to do take out... Nevertheless, we went back Monday for lunch and we both feel our experience was a 4 out of 10. We had such high expectations and maybe that had something to do with our experience not living up, but still....

                  Cons: the chips are/were hard, and being that the chips are a signature dish they should be awesome! it's not that they were old - they just were not good. The guacamole wasn’t made well either (made at our table – so there is potential to fix this), too much lime and it didn’t seem like the waiter knew how to make it - he asked us a lot of questions. The kitchen floor was pretty dirty and if you sit at the front of the restaurant you can see right into the kitchen, if you’re going to have an open kitchen you’re going to have to keep the floor clean.

                  Pros: the ambiance is cool and once they obtain their liquor license should def be a good place to grab a drink, and all of the issues or things we did not like can be easily fixed, so there is room for improvement and to win us back over.

                  We will give it a second chance.