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Salsa Fresca Mexican Grill Comes to Yorktown

The restaurant, which serves food prepared onsite, is now open in the Triangle Shopping Center.

Everything from the chips, to the tacos, tortilla, guacamole, salsa even the roasting of the peppers is freshly made at the newly opened Salsa Fresca Mexican Grill in Yorktown.

The open kitchen concept allows customers to custom-order their food and to watch it be prepared. And the goal is using fresh and quality ingredients while serving the food quickly at reasonable prices. The owners are also committed to not using freezers, trans-fats or fillers. 

"People seem to appreciate the format," said co-owner Seth Hirschel, whose other two locations include Bedford Hills and Millerton – opened last year and four years ago, respectively. "They like our commitment to quality and the environment."

As written on the wall of the restaurant, the utensils and packaging is all green – the utensils are made out of biodegradable corn materials and the packaging is made of recyclables. 

The restaurants are a collaboration between Seth Hirschel of Bedford Hills, Marc Miles and John Tucker of Millerton, NY. Their newest partner is Dave Norris of Greenwich, CT.

"The concept was a result of sensing demand for additional cuisine options in the immediate community paired with a broader goal of expanding fresh Mexican food throughout the region," they write on their website.

The men are Mexican food lovers and got to sample various types of Mexican food before coming up with their recipes. For the opening of their first restaurant, the men had a culinary chef, who had lived in Mexico for several years, to help them create the recipes. 

Hirschel and Miles, also co-partners of a health club, said that despite being told not to enter food industry, they took that as a challenge and are very devoted to their business. They hope to expand Salsa Fresca into more locations and have already started exploring the options. 

But they are mostly proud of their food. 

"It's good food," Hirschel said. "We feed it to our families. The food is what it's all about."

Miles said the men pride themselves in the consistency of the quality of food at all three locations and the possibility of growing even more is exciting. The men work side by side with their employees and make it a point to get to know all of them, Hirschel said. 

Salsa Fresca's menu features vegetarian options, gluten free items and salads. In addition to their 'Signature' dishes, customers could build their own burrito, bowl, tacos, salad, nachos or quesadillas. 

Hirschel's personal favorite items are the South of the Border Quesadillas (which is not on the menu but could be made upon request) – which includes braised beef, jalapeno, cheddar cheese and onions; as well as the Buffalo Ranch Burrito. 

Miles's personal favorite items are the Buffalo Chicken Quesadillas on a whole wheat tortilla and the San Juan Taco. He also recommends the restaurant-made cilantro lime vinaigrette for salads.

Salsa Fresca Mexican Grill is located at 36 Triangle Center in Yorktown. It is open every day from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. It offers takeout. There is no delivery service yet and the owners are considering getting a liquor item to serve beers and margaritas.

For more information visit their website.

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D ryder January 12, 2013 at 01:18 AM
The worst Mexican I have ever had. Definatly not your normal type of Mexican food your thinking of. menus very limited and food comes out ice cold. over priced for the quality they serve and staff just does not care... Warning do not waste your money nor time
Bill January 14, 2013 at 06:13 PM
Can't believe they are finally open after what seemed like 6+ months of a "coming soon" sign.
Bob Rohr January 14, 2013 at 10:51 PM
I ate there on Saturday. It is not your traditional Mexican Restaurant. If that is what you are looking for, it is not that. It is not much different than the Burger joint next door. It is what it is, and it is pretty good. The food was fine, the menu board is confusing for the first timer and the help could be more helpful in explaining the menu, or, make it clearer in the signage. It is a good alternative to the Pizza, Burger, and Chinese take out. It is a good addition for families with kids, or people on a limited budget who need to get out of the house. If you cannot live without fine dining, there are plenty of places around.
Bill January 15, 2013 at 12:05 AM
It's very similar to Chipotle, which has chosen to ignore the northern part of the county (so what else is new?). As you said, if you're looking for traditional Mexican, this is not for you. Go to the place that used to be Cactus Jack's on Route 6 in Mohegan (Hacienda something-or-other) or Rueben's in Peekskill for that.
funkjohnson January 26, 2013 at 01:29 AM
We went last night and wanted to love it. First impression, the decor is like a college bar, the kind of furniture that is bolted to the floor, and you can hose down at the end of the night - plywood and stainless steel and not a seat cushion in the house. That said, I'm not sure what took them a year plus to open. The food was ok, good salsa - although doled out in tiny plastic containers with about 15 semi homemade looking chips. Odd sage-y flavor to my burrito which was small, and organic green tea was just over 12 bucks. I should add that one of the women in our party got a metal filing in her burrito, perhaps from the edge of the counter top? They didn't reimburse or compensate her in any way when it was brought to their attention.

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