Benares - West Side
A terrific find 2 blocks fromA terrific find 2 blocks from Carnegie Hall. Specializing in Northern Indian dishes, the portions are more than ample, the plating exotic and the spicing spot on. Try the Aloo Chat app and the tandoor shrimp main and you won't be hungry until breakfast.5/17/2013 12:00:00 AMgreat Before Theatre OptionGreat discovery before the theatre...food was delicious and plentiful...very close to City Center5/9/2013 12:00:00 AMGréât flood!We aéré totally satisfied with thé server's suggestion and had thé mots délicious meal5/6/2013 12:00:00 AMThis restaurant has a perfectThis restaurant has a perfect location for our visits to Carnegie Hall. Moreover, the cuisine is to our taste, and the service fine.
In fact, I'm asking my children to take me there for Mother's Day!5/3/2013 12:00:00 AMBenares was recommended byBenares was recommended by a local when we told her we were looking for Indian food and it did not dissapoint. It is within walking distance to the Theater district and the service was very timely - we had time to enjoy our meal and arrive in time for our show. The food was very authentic and well prepared. The samosas were the best we have ever had. We also thought it was reasonably priced for a NYC restaurant. We can't wait for our next trip back! Thank you.4/27/2013 12:00:00 AMBest Indian food, better thanBest Indian food, better than the average Indian Restaurants in NYC. Large portion of refined Indian cuisine, great atmosphere and fabulous service, they even offered to keep the "doggie bag" after I returned from the theater.4/23/2013 12:00:00 AMGreat ValueWe started with the Mankyo Tala (Calamari) which was cooked nicely, but a little more chutney would have been appreciated. The Rogan Josh was excellent with lean pieces of lamb and the Chicken Vindaloo had the requisite spiciness. The portions were generous. Service was prompt but not pushy. A very good value for NYC.4/20/2013 12:00:00 AMexcellent food and promptexcellent food and prompt service. Nice Decor. Friendly.4/20/2013 12:00:00 AMGood Food in Easy AtmosphereOur party of 3 ordered 3 appetizers and 3 entrees.... WAY too much food! Enjoyed tasty Samosas and Bhel Puri which would have been enough. Also ordered Chicken Tikka which was flavorful. The best entree was Malai Kofta which had delicate and complex flavor. We also had Malwani Fish Curry very good and Kohzi Varutha Curry which was average. NO room for desserts. The place was only half full when early (6pm) and we enjoyed friendly and expert service. Would recommend to everyone!!4/17/2013 12:00:00 AMDelicious food wrapped in an OK decAbsolutely delicious, rich, layered flavors and generous portions. This is not your usual greasy Indian! Fresh ingredients. They have done a pretty good job of trying to gussy up what is a pretty awful physical plant--by adding nice furniture, nice upholstery, lighting, and very nice "branding" on menus, cards, etc. The entrance is still a bit odd and the front of the restaurant is not inviting. Never mind all that. Enjoy the delicious flavors of this wonderful food.4/15/2013 12:00:00 AMCame here with my 8 year oldCame here with my 8 year old on a special outing. The staff was very friendly and attentive, but maintained great atmosphere.4/13/2013 12:00:00 AMAwesome food with the rightAwesome food with the right level of spice! I'll be back.4/13/2013 12:00:00 AMWe had a wonderful meal atWe had a wonderful meal at Benares just before going to the Met. The food was all fresh, delightfully spiced, and made from top quality ingredients. We have eaten in Indian restaurants all over the world, including India, and this is one of the best. We will definitely go back.4/6/2013 12:00:00 AMFood was delicious, upscaleFood was delicious, upscale Indian with no pretention. Welcoming and cordial staff. We had a nice dinner, beautifully presented, and a complimentary dessert. Great place to go before theatre.4/4/2013 12:00:00 AMStellar Indian CuisineStumbled into this spot for a celebratory lunch and was greated by warm and helpful staff. My party elected for the daily hot lunch buffet that was outstanding in quality and amount of choices (meat and veg). Value was spectacular and the buffet items change daily for variety. Will definitely be going back and highly recommend Midtowners to skip any Indian food bar at Whole Foods @ Columbus Circle and try Benares!4/2/2013 12:00:00 AMEach dish was perfectly preparedEach dish was perfectly prepared and truly delicious. Be wary of the spicing--- it gets a bit hot, so be sure to speak with your server about your preferences. Service was great and the ambiance lends itself to great conversation with little interruption.3/27/2013 12:00:00 AMThis restaurant is on theThis restaurant is on the site of the former Baluchi's. It's now clean, beautifully
decorated with framed silk textiles and has a magnificent chandelier. We enjoyed excellent, authentic Indian food and our waiter was knowledgeable and personable.3/27/2013 12:00:00 AMGreat spicy Indian food, deliciousGreat spicy Indian food, delicious cocktails all served with a smile and a courteous manner! Will definitely be back!3/24/2013 12:00:00 AMThe food and the service wereThe food and the service were great! Definitely a find! Will come back and bring friends and family :)3/23/2013 12:00:00 AMGreat valueExcellent quality for money .... lunch menu has great choise of curries (lamb / chicken / shrimp) and you can eat as much as you can! Managed 3 plates myself!3/22/2013 12:00:00 AMA very good Indian restaurantA very good Indian restaurant with unusual a(not run of the mill) Indian cuisine. Service was good and ambiance was pleasant. We will return.2/14/2013 12:00:00 AM