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About 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.
New York, NY 10019
Indian, Contemporary Indian
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
On W 56th street between Broadway and 8th ave
$30 and under
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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
Street parking and paid parking available in the area.
57th Street Station: Q . R , W Trains
Columbus Circle Station: A. B. C, D Trains
Banquet, Beer, Delivery, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Special Events & Promotions:
We can handle total buyouts please call for more information 212.960.8483
Benares - West Side Ratings and Reviews
THIS RESTAURANT DOESN'T EXISIT ANYMORE IN MID-TOWN, DESPITE OPENTABLE STILL TAKING RESERVATIONS FOR THIS LOCATION. The Tribeca location is still in operation.
Showed up for a 6pm pre-theatre meal only to find an abandoned storefront with a broken glass front door. THANKS OPEN TABLE! (Will I still get my 100 dining points?)
Food was fine; service was awful.
Four of us arrived a little before 9pm on a Thursday night. The restaurant was nearly empty, but we weren't worried because it was late for pre-theater and early for after theater. Despite having only three or four tables to serve, the waiters seemed incapable of getting anything right. One entree came out much later than the others and the service was generally bumbling. The meals -- traditional Indian fare -- were thankfully just fine.
I've been to many Indian restaurants -- most are quite different, depending on the part of India that the restaurant replicates. I tried many dishes at Benares, after seeing very good reviews on the usual sites. I was most disappointed, to say the least. The lamb chops tasted as if they were cooked in a microwave, and the Mulligatawny soup, even though it can be prepared many different ways, was not like anything I had ever had before. No dish was worth ordering again, and the four of us had tried many different ones.
Not one glass of water or iced tea was refilled without have to ask for it, and we would usually have to wait 3-5 minutes for someone to come by so we could make the request.
Although the pricing was reasonable, this restaurant is now off my list. New York has too many other good places to go.
The food was very good. Honestly, one of the best puri we have ever had. Our only complaint was they seated us next to a large party table with a few very loud kids who kept trying to put their fingers in our food (!) - when there were clearly other tables available. Poor choice on their part. But we liked the food and would recommend this place to a friend. Next time we go back, we will be sure to not let them seat us next to a big party.
The service was quick but once served it took a while to get the waiter back to the table. The malai kofta was great. The chicken vindaloo average. We ordered saffron rice and got regular rice with a couple of peas on it. When I sent it back, I think they just sprinkled some saffron or turmeric on it and brought it back. So it depends on what you order but the price was reasonable for that part of NYC. The nann was great but the samosas so-so.
Decent food but service was very poor. One of the waiters asked multiple times if we wanted to order any drinks-- trying too hard to sell us on the mango lassi. Towards the end of the meal, the waiters came around every ten to fifteen minutes to ask if we were finished with our food.
Wide selection of well prepared Indian cuisine, with many choices not typically found on the usual Indian menu. The service was excellent, and the wine list had a number of well-priced options specially chosen to complement the food. There are meat, fish, vegetarian, and vegan dishes on the menu so there is something for everyone. The restaurant is nicely decorated in modern style and is quite spacious for restaurants in this neighborhood.
Benares is reliably good with food that is more authentic than you might expect for a theater/concert hall area restaurant. Indian families were having dinner the night we were there, and they'll tailor the spice to your palate if you ask. Try something different and you won't be disappointed. We had a "stuffed" paneer appetizer that was new to us, delicious and nuanced. Rogan josh (lamb) and goat in a yoghurt sauce bore no relationship to each other and so were great to share and try. Be sure to get a rice and/or bread, as none comes with any of the dishes. As a wine aficionado, I must tell you that the choices are ridiculously limited; the CDR was a good match with our meal, however. Service is fine, discount cards (Carnegie Hall in our case) are respected, and you will not need to worry about getting out in good time to make your show.
It was OK. Not much atmosphere but it was a quiet night. Staff were fine, but the food was too hot/spicy, even the Korma. And to order poppadoms and get no relishes with them and then have to pay between $8 and $12 each for the Raiti etc to go with them is a rip off. Better indian food elsewhere.
Better than expected! We were looking for something close to our hotel and were nervous after reading some of the reviews. It's not upscale trendy like Indian Accent. We ordered grilled shrimp, which were prepared perfectly. Also a mix of other dishes, all flavorful. I'd return.
I wasn't hungry enough for the braised goat, but it was tempting! I had lamb instead. My companions had the prix-fix, and had just the right amount of food. Our dishes were based in: red & hot sauce, cream sauce, and spinach sauce. The traditional samosa appetizer was terrific. Good service.
Fantastic service despite our large group of 11. The staff and maitre'd were incredibly friendly and hospitable and went out of their way to make it a fabulous experience. The food was delicious , plentiful and well prepared and seasoned. I highly recommend this restaurant and have visited several times now. A wonderful experience.
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