Just Opened: Kico’s Grill in Croton

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Hi there, guest-blogger Katherine Curry checking in.  My friend Gillian, who lives in Croton, tipped me off to the just-opened Kico’s Grill on Riverside Avenue, where the old Michelangelo’s (and before that, Tuto Bene) used to be.  Here’s what I had for lunch there yesterday:

It’s an unassuming little place, simple inside and out.

The restaurant just opened on Friday.  The menu is kind of a “starter menu” — there are plans to add more food items and, for now, the liquor license is still in the works.  The owners, Paco and Luis Alvarez, also own Tenampa in Croton.

The menu is simple American food — appetizers, burgers, salads and wraps and, on the dinner menu, some seafood offerings like red snapper in a mango pineapple sauce, a sirloin steak, grilled salmon, and shrimp scampi.  There’s also pasta and the kid’s menu has the usual suspects:  chicken fingers, mac & cheese, etc.

My lovely waitress at lunch, Caitlin McLean, turns out to also be the manager.

I asked her for her favorite item on the lunch menu, and ordered it:  a grilled chicken salad, loaded with fresh baby greens, grilled chicken strips, avocado slices, apple, almonds, raisins and feta cheese, and bacon, all tossed in a vinaigrette.  Here’s another look at it:

I loved how the avocado was perfectly ripe, and the chicken was warm and moist.  I’m not the world’s biggest feta fan, so next time I’ll probably ask for a feta-free version.  But alll in all, a delicious, fresh, nicely-done salad — and a serious bargain at $8.

While I was in Kico’s, several people stopped in to ask about the restaurant and get a look at the menu.  A new restaurant in Croton is cause for excitement.  A nice couple at the table near mine had ordered a cheese and chicken quesadilla and the “flaming burger,” which is topped with cheese, candied jalapenos and chipotle mayo.

I didn’t get a chance to find out how the burger was, but I’m assuming it was spicy!

The quesidilla looked yummy.

Everything on the menu is reasonably priced (the most expensive item at lunch are a shrimp wrap, and the oriental salad with shrimp, which is $12.50).  Dinner entrees are $14 – $18.95, with salads, sandwiches and burgers lower than that.

A grand opening is planned for later in the month.  The restaurant is open seven days a week for lunch and dinner, from 11 a.m.-10:30 p.m.

Kico’s has the look and feel of a nice, reliable neighborhood restaurant — nothing upscale or trendy.  And if my lunch today was any indication, it’s a neighborhood place that cares about serving good food.  Takeout is also available — for now there’s no website, so you’ll have to stop in to check out the menu. Go check it out and let us know what you think!

The 411 is coming.  Until then:

380 Riverside Ave., Croton.  914-862-0755.

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