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Medi Bistro, White Plains, NY, USA

Medi Bistro - White Plains, NY
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Lamb Kebob - Medi Bistro, White Plains, NY - photo by Luxury Experience

Medi Bistro owned by restaurateur Par Shakiban and Kelly Murati, opened in the heart of White Plains, New York in March 2023, where this stylish newcomer’s focus is on Mediterranean and Persian cuisine. The restaurant is gorgeous, the cocktails are well-crafted and inspired, and the cuisine is excellent; we felt like we had taken our palates on a memorable journey with their deft use of spices that are both traditional and modern. The ambience is at once sophisticated and welcoming, and Medi Bistro is destined to make its positive mark on the Westchester County restaurant scene. Bon Appetit!


Medi Bistro

We had dinner at the restaurant on Friday, May 5, 2023, when the restaurant had been open for five weeks. Although very new, Medi Bistro was already making its mark and the restaurant was busy all evening. Tables draped with white linens, artwork gracing the walls, and piped-in music create any inviting and welcoming ambience.

Cocktails - Medi Bistro, White Plains, NY - photo by Luxury Experience
Saffron Vesper and Anar Sour

While the restaurant has an enviable wine list, with wines offered by the bottle as well as by the glass, they also have an inspired cocktail menu where kitchen spices are equally at home behind the bar. We began our experience at Medi Bistro with two of their cocktails, the Anar Sour made with Bourbon, Laphroaig, Pomegranate Syrup, Lemon, and their Saffron Vesper made with Tito’s, Gin, Lillet, Saffron, and Rose Water Tincture. Both cocktails were well-crafted and balanced, with spices recalling fond memories of times traveling throughout the world and were a wonderful introduction to the style of Medi Bistro.

Kashk Badenjoon - Medi Bistro, White Plains, NY - photo by Luxury Experience
Kashk Badenjoon

A basket of warm homemade pita bread presented with a bowl of yogurt sauce, and a bowl of herb, spice, and walnut sauce, were the perfect accompaniment to our cocktails as we perused the menu. From the "Tasters" section of the menu, we selected the Kashk Badenjoon which was a mouthwatering spread made with fried eggplant, crispy onion, mint, and cream of whey, presented with a basket of warm homemade pita bread, and the Falafel, which were four crispy falafel which had spicy and very tasty moist interiors, accompanied by hummus, tabbouli, tahini sauce, and torshi (pickled vegetables).

Falafel - Medi Bistro, White Plains, NY - photo by Luxury Experience

We continued with selections from the "Feast" section of the menu, with two of their kabob selections, the Lamb Kebab, and the Shrimp Kabob. The lamb sirloin was marinated in mint and yogurt and cooked for 7 minutes on each side, with sliced red pepper and onions grilled between the meat portions. The lamb was succulent, juicy, tender, and flavorful, especially after a sprinkle of the sumac seasoning in a shaker on the table. The accompanying basmati rice was also appealing and was studded with lentils and raisins that added a hint of sweetness to the rice and paired well with the savory lamb. A grilled onion and grilled tomato accompanied the presentation.

Lamb Kebob - Medi Bistro, White Plains, NY - photo by Luxury Experience
Lamb Kebob

The Shrimp Kabob was presented with saffron, orange zest, and pistachio basmati rice, and once again the spices were well balanced with the shrimp acting as a spicy complement to the sweet saffron, orange rice, while the pistachios added another element of flavor and texture. Grilled onions and tomato accompanied this stellar entrée.

Shrimp Kebob - Medi Bistro, White Plains, NY - photo by Luxury Experience
Shrimp Kebob

Desserts are not to be missed, and we indulged in sharing their Baklava, Saffron Rice Pudding, and Persian Ice Cream. Paired with Persian Tea, which was black tea made with cardamon, which we learned to drink with a sugar cube in our mouth, instead of placing it in the glass, was a lovely finale to a great dining experience at Medi Bistro.

Baklava - Medi Bistro, White Plains, NY - photo by Luxury Experience

The Baklava was thin layers of pastry with toasted pistachios, presented as bite-size portions of delectable pastry accompanied by mascarpone ice cream. The Saffron Rice Pudding was made with basmati rice paired with saffron, almonds, and cinnamon, and was an interesting departure from other rice puddings we had experienced, with their use of basmati rice, and just a hint of sweetness.

Saffron Rice Pudding - Medi Bistro, White Plains, NY - photo by Luxury Experience
Saffron Rice Pudding

The Persian Ice Cream was vanilla ice cream blended with saffron, rose water, and pistachios, and was especially delicious. The deft use of saffron in the cocktails, in the entrée, and in the desserts took our palates on a cohesive and memorable journey and is one that we will want to enjoy again and again. While we dined indoors on this visit to the restaurant, during warmer months, the restaurant will also offer outdoor dining under their signature red market umbrellas.

Persian Ice Cream - Medi Bistro, White Plains, NY - photo by Luxury Experience
Persian Ice Cream

Until next time, Bon Appetit!

Par Shakiban & Kelly Murati - Medi Bistro, White Plains, NY - photo by Luxury Experience
Pat Shakiban and Kelly Murati

Hours: Medi Bistro is open Sunday through Thursday from 11:00 am until 10:00 pm, Friday and Saturday from 11:00 am until 11:00 pm, and on Sunday for Brunch from 11:30 am until 3:30 pm.

Parking: There is complimentary parking in the City Square garage next door to the restaurant. Have your parking ticket validated at the Concierge Desk in the lobby of 50 Main before exiting.

Dining Room - Medi Bistro, White Plains, NY
Medi Bistro dining room

Location: Medi Bistro is located 2.5 miles from Scarsdale, New York, 6 miles from Port Chester, New York, 7 miles from Rye, New York, 8 miles from Tarrytown, New York, 10 miles from Greenwich, Connecticut, and 28 miles from Manhattan.

Umbrellas - Medi Bistro, White Plains, NY - photo by Luxury Experience
See You at Medi Bistro

To learn more about Medi Bistro, please visit their website at: www.medi-bistro.com.

Medi Bistro, White Plains, NY

Medi Bistro
50 Main Street
White Plains, New York 10606
United States
Telephone: +1-914-946-1232
Website: www.medi-bistro.com
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