The restaurant is closed. We arrived at the location to find it permanently closed. No advanced notice from Open table. In fact we received a email reminder.. Not good
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.
This is a true find for a great pre-theater meal! Excellent Indian food, priced right!
Wonderful pre-theater prix-fixe meal! Can't wait to go back to try their Lunch Buffet.
Everything was OK. Food was abundant, authentic, and a bit spicier than I would have preferred. The place is nice, but it was very noisy and it was hard to hear my companions have any kids of discussion with me or between themselves.
I enjoyed my meal very much. The food was tasty and the service was very good. The paratha was delicious.
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.
Amazing food with some unusual options! We got a South Indian curry we'd never heard of. Everything was spiced and delicious!
Once again the quality, variety and value of this Indian buffet was outstanding. And my favorite waiter Lincoln once again took great care of us.
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.
Great food and service
Benares is a great alternative to the expensive restaurants that dominate the neighborhood. Very good food, terrific service, and a quiet atmosphere keep us coming back. Try the cauliflower appetizer!
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.
I enjoyed the pre-theatre menu. It was a delicious meal at a reasonable price. Definitely recommended.