Restaurant Preview: Coriander Modern Indian

Full-service Indian cuisine returns to White Plains with the opening of Coriander Modern Indian.

Since the fire that burned down Bengal Tiger in 2010, downtown White Plains hasn’t had a full-service Indian restaurant. 

Thanks to Shawn Nagpal, that changed in the fall with the opening of Coriander Modern Indian, a 45-seat regional-Indian restaurant featuring locally sourced ingredients (including from the farmers’ market two blocks away), local craft beers, local organic wines (most $35 to $45), and ethically traded coffees. The 15-seat bar has an Indian tapas menu. 

To start, order the homemade garam masala tacos, filled with shredded chicken braised in a garlic-tomato sauce with red onion and cilantro, or the lasooni ghobi, crispy cauliflower in a garlic-and-tomato French vierge sauce. “Certain of our dishes are updated by employing nontraditional cooking techniques,” says Nagpal.  

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The roasted Indian Ocean tiger shrimp, marinated with fennel, garlic, yogurt, saffron, cilantro, and lemon juice, is another top entrée to try. 

The restaurant follows a green model, with reclaimed-wood flooring, organic-fiber seat cushions, and hemp wallpaper. 

Nagpal is also the proprietor of  Coriander in Larchmont. 

Coriander Modern Indian
74 Mamaroneck Ave, White Plains 
(914) 358-4500; 
www.corianderny.com 

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