5 Middle Eastern Restaurants With Tasty Menus In Westchester

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From tagine-cooked chicken to slow-roasted lamb, there’s no shortage of spice and flavor at these Middle Eastern spots at 914.

Full of flavor and layers of richness, Middle Eastern cuisine has been shaped by thousands of years of history and culture. These restaurants bring that level of complexity and multi-faceted dining to Westchester County.

Restaurant Argan

325 N Main St, Port Chester; 914.612.4440

Influenced by the traditions of the Berber people, an ethnic group native to North Africa, Argana combines Moroccan and Arab-Andalusian cuisine. Sip on a revamped Marrakach mojito with the addition of Moroccan tea in place of club soda. B’stilla is a traditional dish that signals a party, rightly what your taste buds will taste after just one bite. The sweet and savory pie is tempting with layers of puff pastry and chicken, a comforting pairing to savour. The Middle Eastern restaurant also offers Moroccan specialties for purchase, just in case your kitchen is craving a tagine.


441 Mamaroneck Ave, Mamaroneck; 914.630.7310

Jeweled lanterns twinkling on the ceiling make it feel like you’re enjoying a meal in Cairo. Start with the Lebanese platter, which consists of tabbouleh, Moroccan cigars (pan-fried phyllo dough stuffed with kashkaval, feta, and herbs), grilled halloumi cheese, and balls of kibbeh (lamb, bulgur, with onions and nuts). If you’re still hungry after that, choose a starter from the grill – the restaurant uses a delicate composition of oak, hickory and mesquite to create the precise amount of smoke in each dish. On Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m., a live belly dancer takes the atmosphere (and liveliness!) up a notch.

Irvington Delight

2 South Broadway, Irvington; 914.479.5600

There are very few kitchen items that Amal Suleiman doesn’t handcraft at Irvington Delight. Even the vine leaves for the stuffed dolma come from the original vines the family brought back from Jordan in the 80s. East of Westchester. A trip to this corner bodega wouldn’t be complete without bringing home a container of Amal’s famous spicy hummus (or eating it with a spoon in your car – we won’t say).

Marjan Kebob House

2122 Boston Post Rd, Larchmont; 914.640.9114

This cozy no-frills restaurant feels like it’s crossed the threshold into home cooking. The shawarma platter, served with rice and a salad, is street food par excellence. For an even more portable snack, opt for sambooseh: a crispy dumpling stuffed with potatoes and herbs. The Kebob House also offers a fixed price three-course takeaway package.


83 E Main St, Elmsford; 914.345.6111

Named after one of the most renowned cities for the arts, and also the wine-growing center of the ancient world, Shiraz offers an impressive and mouth-watering variety of Persian dishes, especially rice. Saffron chicken, lamb shank, Persian vegetable stew and feta-stuffed dates explain why Michelin has named Shiraz a Bib Gourmand for the past two years.

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