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.
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