Amazing taste experience!
The best indian food I have ever had! It has been 4 days now since we ate there and we are still revelling in their food. I can't wait to head back there. You can not go wrong with any of their dishs. The waiter's recommendations were spot on. We had the scallop and crab appetizers, the saag paneer, lamb (Rogan Josh), chicken tikka masala, the jumbo prawns, and finished with the Pistachio Kulfi. Everything was so delicious, including the naan and Raita. We will definitely be heading back to Benares very soon!
3/10/2013 5:00:00 PM
We had a company lunch for a group of nine. The food was very good and the lunch special was a great value. The only complaint was that the service was on the slow side, especially toward the end of the meal. Still, I would definitely recommend the restaurant and plan to return there again.
4/4/2013 4:00:00 PM
Beautiful decor. Great food,
Beautiful decor. Great food, a bit on the spicy end for me, but very delicious. The service was spotty at best. My friend ordered Lamb biryani and they brought chicken and tried to convince her it was lamb. We waited for the drinks forever, but they were good. The second round of drinks came 2/3 full for some unknown reason. Otherwise, good outing. I would recommend this place.
4/5/2013 4:00:00 PM
A Great Find!
We were looking for a place to have a good dinner and good conversation with friends, and we absolutely did! Everything we ordered was delicious, and the staff was very helpful in making suggestions. The restaurant was busy but not crowded, so it was not noisy and we never felt rushed. All the staff there was friendly, and the atmosphere was very comfortable. We highly recommend it and will be back!
4/26/2013 4:00:00 PM
Some of the best Indian food
Some of the best Indian food I have ever had. The place was empty at 6:00 on a recent Saturday night. Garlic naan was great; as was my lamb dish. My spouse ordered a vegetarian dish that was excellent, as was a tomato/yogurt preparation which provided a cooling counterpoint to the spice of the lamb and vegetables. With the rice accompaniment, there was too much food for us to finish. We were completely satisfied. Our entire bill was amazingly modest for the food quality and overall dining experience. We will return to this slightly out of the way TriBeCa restaurant on Murray Street.
4/27/2013 12:00:00 AM
The atmosphere and service
The atmosphere and service is excellent. The wine is served in generous portions and is good. Some dishes are unusual, but otherwise unremarkable.
5/29/2013 12:00:00 AM
Hidden Gem with Great Food
The front of this restaurant does not do justice to the decor inside or to the food. The space is beautiful and the prix fixe lunch offering unbelievably good, though a little too much if you're not prepared for three courses. The staff is friendly and informative since there are so many delicious things to choose from! I cannot wait to go again, but next time I won't have breakfast!
6/6/2013 12:00:00 AM
Good food, reasonable price
This is a great place for lunch. The service, ambiance and food are good and the price is reasonable.
6/12/2013 12:00:00 AM
very good food
Went with a group and was not disappointed; everyone ejoyed the food. Definitely recommend to anyone.
6/12/2013 4:00:00 PM
Very solid Indian food, probably the best in the neighborhood.
6/15/2013 12:00:00 AM
Enjoyed the food very much, the presentation was nice, the spices were right on and were pleasantly surprised by a couple of dishes. We did wait a little more than we would like to for our waiter to come around with menus and take our order. However, once that happened it was the right attention and the right amount of time hands off.
6/16/2013 4:00:00 PM
Food was delicious and menu
Food was delicious and menu provides plenty of choices. Menu doesn't give any indication of level of heat in each dish, which would have been helpful. Service was generally attentive. I'd go back.
6/27/2013 12:00:00 AM
Arrived early so sat at the bar enjoying happy hour. Authentic food and willing to adjust the spice/heat of our food order. They even made us a Keema Naan to order which wasn't available from the menu, which was most appreciated! We shall return.
7/1/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great lunch spot!
Great and attentive service from all of the staff. Afforable prix fixe vegetarian and non-vegetarian lunch specials with a variety of choices (both appetizer and entree) and includes rice, bread, lentils and dessert.
7/17/2013 12:00:00 AM
Wonderful Meal Outstanding Service
My second trip to Benares - just as good as the first. VERY good food, and wonderful attentive service. Highly recommended.
7/31/2013 12:00:00 AM
Delicious, great flavors and presentation, lot of veggie options, tasty seabass entree Buguni Maach
8/6/2013 12:00:00 AM
There were three vegan entrees on the lunch menu: cauliflower, eggplant, and okra. The cauliflower was wonderful and I'm looking forward to trying the others. It would be terrific if they could add a vegan spinach dish and vegan mango lassi.
8/7/2013 12:00:00 AM
Worth a return trip...
Very extensive menu (perhaps too many choices?) Lamb shoulder...crab cake...super delicious...drinks could use some more attention. And it might help if the menu listed clearly which items are fried/batter fried and which are not...we ordered a large selection of appetizers and several of the vegetable ones turned out to be fried...which changed our dinner from "light and healthy" to "heavy and not so healthy."
8/8/2013 12:00:00 AM
Food very good, service so-so
We had eaten at the other NYC location of Benares so we decided to give this one a chance. Food was very good, moderately spicy. We like our vindaloo a little spicier but it was still very good. Sides for two of the meals was a couple of very small red bliss potatoes and some rather bland carrot fries. Service was OK, quick to order and reasonable for time to delivery, however would have been nice to have our waters filled during meal, so perhaps it was a good thing that the food wasn't as spicy as we like. Overall, very good Indian food at a reasonable price, and close to a subway stop,which is very nice.
8/19/2013 12:00:00 AM
This was my third time dining at Benares and the menu is still first rate as is the food and the presentation. The service remains very good and we especially appreciated that the manager came to tell us that when the Chef went to prepare our tuna dish he wasn't pleased with the quality and suggested a different dish. They were also happy to find out where the prawns were from. A good majority of the dishes on the menu you won't find in a typical Indian restaurant. There are also tons of vegetarian and seafood dishes. I've also never seen so many choices of breads or even raitas and lassis! Every one who I've brought to this restaurant has been very happy with their dining experience. I very much look forward to my next visit!
8/21/2013 12:00:00 AM
My team really enjoyed the meal. It was tasty and fulling. Thank you!
8/23/2013 12:00:00 AM
Another tasty lunch
You can't beat their prix fix lunch specials, 3 courses from $10.95-16.99.
From vegetarian selections to an all meat tandoori platter. The food has been consistently good. Flavorful and generously portioned.
It's gets busy at lunchtime and I'd recommend a reservation. The only minus is that the service seems to get a bit jumbled.
The ambience can become boisterous when all tables are full.
Go hungry and have a happy time.
9/13/2013 12:00:00 AM
Nice decor/ambiance. The good was great with large portions. We ordered some samosas, a chicken biryani, a lamb rogan josh, a chicken tikka masala, a chicken curry, and some mango lassis. Everything was delicious but the biryani was especially fragrant and tasty.
9/20/2013 12:00:00 AM
Good food, service okay
I went there with a group of coworkers and we ordered from the prefix lunch menu. The food was pretty decent. They could improve in service as we have to ask them a few times for our missing orders.
10/3/2013 12:00:00 AM
I had different dishes this time - the lamb laal maans. Delicious! The menu still impresses me with the diversity of dishes and the service was very friendly and responsive. My friend had never had a mango lassi and the waiter made her a small portion to taste which was very nice. He also offered to make a half portion of the entree that she thought she ordered but didn't and then put together a great doggie bag of everything for her to take home, including all of the chutneys. Everyone I've taken here has been very pleased. This is definitely one of the best Indian restaurants I've ever been to and will be back many times I'm sure
10/16/2013 12:00:00 AM
A great way to catch up.
Benares is a great place if you are looking for some good indian food. The naan bread was unbelievable fresh and the meat was so tender and well cooked.
10/25/2013 12:00:00 AM
Visiting the Financial District? This gem is a short walk from the steak places that pervade the area. Comfortable with beautiful colors and an attentive staff, the chef took exciting liberties with spices that we had not experienced with your average Indian fare. Lovely presentation as well. Highly recommended.
10/26/2013 12:00:00 AM
We hada crabing for Tahi food for quite some time and dicided to go for it and pick Benares randomly. We liked the location and the waiter and manager were very friendly but the best of all was the food. We order on the waiter suggestions and we loved our food. we were only 2 so could not taste more of the wondeful optons so we recommend to go in groups to share.
11/1/2013 12:00:00 AM
Solid Indian food with servers who were friendly and helpful. The food was nicely portioned and was delicious. I think I will come back for lunch next time.
11/2/2013 5:00:00 PM
Really, really tasty food
Had an excellent vegetarian lunch - delicious chaat and wonderful eggplant. The only sour note was asking for hot tea. They didn't jasmine and then I asked for green w/honey. They had green tea but no honey. I ordered the hot tea they had and he cup was small. When I asked for more tea they didn't tell me that would be another $4. Two cups of tea for $8 - I won't make that mistake again.
11/7/2013 4:00:00 PM
We will return often
Delicious, innovative Indian cuisine supported by knowledgeable and attentive servers. Loved every bite. Baby eggplant a must.
11/19/2013 4:00:00 PM
Nice neighborhood Indian
Great people. Nice, warm, inviting greeting and service. Ate on my own recently. Took good care of me with 1/2 order of Dal (very good) and Rogan Josh. Will be back.
11/22/2013 4:00:00 PM