Benares - West Side
Benares - West Side

Benares - West Side

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Website: http://www.benaresnyc.com/
  • Phone: 2123970707
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:00am - 2:45pm, Saturday - Sunday: 11:30am - 9:45pm; Dinner: Monday - Friday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm, Saturday - Sunday: 11:30am - 10:30pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Indian, Contemporary Indian
  • Executive Chef: Peter Beck
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Beer, Delivery, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: Let us simplify your party planning. Book your corporate, holiday or any special event at our restaurant and let us take care of all the details.

    Our packages are flexible enough for any size event or budget from intimate gatherings to meetings and full blown conferences. We can accommodate break out groups within an event.

    We do catering all over the tri-state area. and have special packages for weddings. we offer some discount to various venues in and around NY City. please call our catering office for more details 212.960.8483
  • Private Party Facilities: Benares is the perfect place for your next private party event. It is great for functions such as office party, mehendi, and wedding related events.
  • Private Party Contact: Inder Singh 8883567073
  • Entertainment: none
  • Special Events: We can handle total buyouts please call for more information 212.960.8483

Getting there

  • Cross Street: On W 56th street between Broadway and 8th ave
  • Public Transit: Subway :
    57th Street Station: Q . R , W Trains
    Columbus Circle Station: A. B. C, D Trains
  • Parking: No
  • Parking Details: Street parking and paid parking available in the area.
A word from Benares - West Side
At Benares, we offer a selection of traditional and regional Indian cuisines that are carefully prepared and presented by our experienced chefs.
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Benares - West Side reviews from OpenTable diners
39 reviews since June 23, 2014
Overall Rating3.9
  • Food4.1
    Service4
  • Ambiance3.7
    Noise LevelModerate
95% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (13)great for lunch (12)neighborhood gem (12)good for groups (11)kid-friendly (5)late-night find (2)romantic (2)special occasion (2)great for brunch (1)notable wine list (1)Show More
  • Disappointed
    SailorBob
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    From the reviews we had read on Open Table we looked forward to a good Indian meal on our recent trip to NYC. The result wasn't what we expected. First, the restaurant was so loud one couldn't even hold a conversation across a table for two. Service was inattentive, and forgetful. Two things we ordered never did arrive. The food when it arrived was lukewarm at best, though tasty. I ordered a second beer which didn't arrive until I was almost finished eating and reminded the waiter who admitted he had forgotten. Overall a disappointing dinner experience. There are a good number of much better Indian restaurants in NYC and I would not recommend this one.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Authentic Indian cuisine
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIP
    Dined on 9/25/2014
    Great Indian food, truly authentic. Aachari gobi was a delight and their sweet lassi is just classic. I went there with a group of Indian friends and we all loved it; hope we have more such restaurants in other cities. The service was excellent as well; very courteous.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • CarolS
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    Nice lunch buffet, at a very reasonable price for mid-town + a friendly staff
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    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not worth the money and effort
    Bettiah
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    There were a number of clues to tell me that I had made the wrong choice, again! Firstly, it was B rated in the NYC Health Inspection. Then the inside was dark and dreary so difficult to see where you are walking, never mind eating. Waiter had to be summoned eventually just to order a drink. Starter kebab looked as if it was cooked a week ago and reheated. When challenged, the waiter "swore on his mothers grave" that it was freshly made. It wasn't. It was dry, sub-Saharan dry, when it should have been succulent and juicy. Then the chicken vindaloo arrived. Wow, it looked as if it was boiled chicken mixed with the "vindaloo sauce" - yes you could have ordered the sauce separately!! We didn't dare try the dessert. Paid $200 for 3.
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  • Awesome Indian food
    SelectiveFoodie
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    I had taken my colleagues (10 people from 10 different countries) for dinner at Benares and everyone loved the food. I was impressed when they brought the food in 5 mins after the order, but was a bit vary because Indian food takes ages to prepare. All my presumptions faded when I tasted the heavenly food. However, most Indian food (like appetizers and curry) is supposed to be shared and the waiters refused to serve a portion on everybody's plate. I had to move from person to person, serving 3 different curries and 4 appetizers onto each plate.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch
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  • peasantpalateVIP
    Dined on 8/6/2014
    OMG! I couldn't stop eating the sag paneer! And the okra! And my husband loved his goat! It was perfect for a pre-show meal before attending a performance at City Center. I did not expect the food to be so good! Thank you!!!
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent Curry Chicken!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/5/2014
    Great wait/service staff. Excellent attention to detail and buffet selection.Great for groups at lunchtime. I would definitely return.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch
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  • Fab Food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    Benares has really tasty Indian food at reasonable prices. Dishes are large and good for sharing. I would recommend to anyone who likes good Indian food.
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    fit for foodies
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Pretty awful
    MK83
    Dined on 7/28/2014
    Easily the worst Indian buffet I have been to. Dry appetizers with weird overly spiced flavor, and main courses for the buffet were a combination of greasy and completely lacking in flavor. The naan was actually quite good though. Sadly, will not be returning and am desperate for any decent Indian buffet in midtown!
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  • Lucked out
    goodmealpriceless
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    Very good, found on Trip Adviser, loved the dishes. Can't remember the names of them all, we shared 4 different entree dishes, the chicken with almond and cashew sauce was the best. Great end to our NYC trip.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    Good vegetarian menu, including some dishes that you don't normally see on the standard menu like baingan ki salan (eggplant in a peanut-sesame sauce) and lauki ka kofta (kofta made from cheese and squash). Both were excellent.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food
    Rjp123
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    I am a vegetarian, so a good choice for people like me. My wife ordered Dark and Stormy drink, it was one of the best she had, better than one in Jamaica.
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    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, late-night find
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  • Not the best in the city
    jezza
    Dined on 7/15/2014
    My wife and I met a friend who was in town from Chicago for dinner here. The service overall was good, prompt and efficient though I do have some reservations about their knowledge. I asked about the restaurant specialities and whats good and was recommended the Chicken Tikka Masala which I would rate as poor. The colour was bright (probably could shown in the dark !), the meat was dry and the flavour lacking. The Lamb Rogan Josh was decent, nicely spiced and tender and the best of what we ordered that evening. The Rezala Goat was interesting, my wife liked it more than I - the flavour was ok though some of the meat was a bit tough. There are many better places in the city unfortunately.
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  • Great Service, Pretty Good Food
    FloridaFamily
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    Went to Benares for a pre-theatre meal. The service was excellent. The portions are quite large for an Indian restaurant. My husband and I were there with our two teenage daughters and we all enjoyed the meal. We all left the restaurant saying it was pretty good, but not the best Indian food we'd ever had.
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    kid-friendly, great for lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A buffet lunch of Indian cuisine
    PatsyVIP
    Dined on 7/2/2014
    For a very reasonable price, one can enjoy a full buffet of excellent choices of meats and includes rice, chutneys and desserts.
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    fit for foodies, great for lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Indian in Theater District
    CitygirlVIP
    Dined on 6/26/2014
    We usually get great great Indian food on the east side, but wanted some before a show. Benares food was excellent, had some unusual dishes and the service was very good. Not very crowded. It's a little north for the theater district, but still convenient to any show.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • punchVIP
    Dined on 6/25/2014
    I ate here before going to the Manhattan Theater Club at City Center It is a find in this area in that the food is really good, good ambiance and moderately priced. Although i thought the Pakora's were just OK I really enjoyed the Saag Paneer and I judge Indian restaurants by this dish. The service was excellent and they were so accommodating and helpful when it came to our eating restrictions. My friend is Vegan and I am Gluten Free. They helped us with the menu and made special dishes for my friend. I would recommend this restaurant and I will absolutely go back when in the neighborhood
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 22 ratings-only reviews submitted since June 23, 2014
    • Overall Rating4
    • Food4.3
    • Ambiance3.8
    • Service4.3
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 248 reviews are from the Benares - West Side reviews archive.
  • Great group dinner
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    Had a dinner of 24 people at Benares, and they were really great!
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    good for groups
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  • Girls night out
    Yvette101VIP
    Dined on 6/18/2014
    The food was delicious and the staff was attentive. The only downside was the rice and bread was sold separately. Normally when I go to restaurants this is included in the price.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good Food, Great Service
    GoodFoodFanVIP
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    We enjoyed a variety of appetizers and entrees. While the food items were tasty, all could have more fully spiced, more robust. The service was outstanding. Very friendly and attentive.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food, nice people, RELAXING
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 6/13/2014
    Benares was the only meal I had in Manhattan where I wasn't sitting right on top of the other tables/guests. It was also quiet and serene by Manhattan standards. The place was not dead, there were 5-6 tables and maybe 25 guests when my wife and I arrived, but it was a mellow place to eat. The team service was very good. I never looked at an empty plate. They cleaned the table between courses. My wife had two cocktails that she said were very well made. I ate too much but everything was very good. I also feel it was reasonably priced considering the location and the level of service. I would go there again without hesitation.
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  • lovely evening
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    capped off by delicious Indian food. Poori was enormous and Lamb Tikka Masala delicious. Definitely would go back again.
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    kid-friendly, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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  • Nothing fancy but good food
    StSimon
    Dined on 6/4/2014
    Attentive service, reasonable prices, good food. Not a fancy setting but if you just want some good Indian food then definitely try Benares. Asked our server to order for us after telling him our preferences. We got cumin rice, chicken curry and eggplant in a peanut based sauce. All were good! Gulab jamun was ok but I have had better. Would return anytime we want some Indian food in NYC.
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    good for groups, great for lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Staff talked too much. Exhausting.
    overpricedVIP
    Dined on 5/31/2014
    Generous portions. Crab appetizer excellent. Tikka masala was too sweet and did not include rice or naan. From the Host to the servers they talked to us WAY too much. What movie we saw, what nationality we were, what language we spoke, how we had just made a reservation on opentable. Then despite asking 3-4 different people they still did not bring the bill. Answering all their questions felt intrusive, exhausting, and made me wonder if I came to talk to my friend over dinner or the staff at the restaurant. Ambiance nice, clean. Other people of Indian descent also at -good sign. Tikka masala too sweet & heavy, I prefer mine light & salty. I was surprised no sides were offered such as dahl, and that rice and naan were not included. Pricey.
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    kid-friendly, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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  • A Bit of a Disappointment
    LCHP
    Dined on 5/28/2014
    I was very much looking forward to dining at Benares as the reviews for the restaurant were strong. Unfortunately my experience was not altogether positive. Perhaps because I was late in arriving to meet my date, the waiter hovered around our table as I perused the menu. My questions were met with suggestions rather than answers, and I allowed myself to be steered to the sea bass. The dish while tasty was heavy, not at all what I was looking for. My date ordered the lamb vindaloo and by my impression he enjoyed it. We did order appetizers which were ample and satisfactory, not outstanding. The portions are quite large. My suggestion is to order with that in mind.
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  • Excellent!
    ShudainVIP
    Dined on 5/25/2014
    This was an excellent place with a slightly different menu than typical Indian restaurants (I am Indian and I can basically mouth off the dishes that you will find). We tried a few different dishes that we hadn't ever seen on the menu and everything was exceptional. Their Chicken was by far the best I've ever had an Indian restaurant (we tried a few varieties). This will definitely be a place that I come back to...
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    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Indian Food!
    Foodie
    Dined on 5/22/2014
    Excellent food and service! Great authentic Indian dining...lot of selection from mild to very spicy. Attentive service and I will definitely return.
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    neighborhood gem
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  • Excellent Indian food, great value
    DancerToes
    Dined on 5/20/2014
    This was an excellent evening out for dinner. The food was very authentic. I had a chicken curry, and my husband had a lamb dish. Both were delicious as was the spiced rice. The wait staff were very friendly, attentive but unintrusive. We will definitely eat here again when we are in NY, and recommend it to friends. The prices were very reasonable; we felt we got more than our money's worth.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • excellent food
    guy11976VIP
    Dined on 5/18/2014
    12.95 for all you can eat in Manhattan can't be beat!
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    great for brunch, fit for foodies
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good value
    MattVIP
    Dined on 5/17/2014
    Reasonable prices, tasty food. crab & fish dishes were great
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  • Benares
    FarlaeRae
    Dined on 5/17/2014
    I found this Resteraunt through Open Table and was very happy with it. It appealed to everyone in my party of 10. I had made a reservation a few days prior and when we showed up the table was ready and waiting. The wait staff was very friendly and knowledgable.
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    kid-friendly, good for groups
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Solid food & accomodating service
    MtanneyVIP
    Dined on 5/16/2014
    Came with a group of eight for dinner before a concert at Carnegie Hall. Food was solid, service was fantastic, and the staff was accommodating of our tight time constraint. Also had large vegetarian selection. Will come back here again for dinner and recommend to others.
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    kid-friendly, good for groups
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A very good dinner and a good time.
    Deloss
    Dined on 5/7/2014
    My friend is a vegetarian, so I wanted someplace we could have dinner in the theater district. BENARES on 56th Street was as close to perfect as one could wish. The staff was exceptionally polite, the restaurant is new, clean and quiet, and the food was excellent. There was a very large selection of vegetarian dishes, and the appetizer somosas were outstanding.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • very good but...
    ruinedagoodthing
    Dined on 5/3/2014
    The food was very good the portions were generous and the service was very good. BUT while we were having coffee and dessert, the waiter came to me and said he needed the table because he was expecting a party of 17 people. We essentially were asked to leave before we finished our meal. We also had reservations apparently they didn't seem to care. Very poor planning on the managements part.
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    Neighborhood Gem
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  • Had better
    RonniTVIP
    Dined on 4/27/2014
    The food was good, but have had better. It was missing some of the complexity of flavors usually in Indian.
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  • OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 4/26/2014
    Went here Saturday night at 7pm with a reservation for a group of 4. The restaurant was about half empty and we were seated right away. The ambiance was quite cozy and it was quiet enough to easily carry on a conversation. Servers were all very friendly and attentive. Food was solid and the goat dish was exceptional. Portions are huge so you may want to share.
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    Kid-Friendly, Good for Groups
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 4/26/2014
    My husband and I had dinner here on a Saturday night. The restaurant was very nice and the wait staff was very good. The food was outstanding and they had a very nice wine selection. We can't wait to go back next time we are in Manhattan!
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    Fit For Foodies, special occasion, Neighborhood Gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful food
    hotdogVIP
    Dined on 4/23/2014
    These tapAs were really delious and beautify presented . Quiet and homey but it was a weekday nite. Asked for something not on menu and they brought it Sangria great so was flan
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    Fit For Foodies, Romantic
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OK Indian near theatre
    BetsyVIP
    Dined on 4/23/2014
    If you crave Indian cuisine and are going to the theatre, try Benares. Food is adequate, though expensive for the offerings.
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  • Excellent Midtown upscale Indian
    jbirdny
    Dined on 4/19/2014
    Looking for a nicer place for Indian food midtown was easy once I found Benares. Great service, comfortable clean ambiance, great location.
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    Fit For Foodies, Hot Spot
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    I would recommend this to a friend.