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Map & Directions 240 W. 56th St.
New York, NY 10107
  • Indian
  • All Major Credit Cards
  • Takeout
  • Brunch, Dinner, Lunch
  • Full bar
  • Accepted
  • Street


Village Voice's Description

Benares is an ambitious Indian restaurant with food grounded in the northeastern state of Uttar Pradesh and the city Varanasi— sacred to Hindus, and site of the burning ghats along the Ganges River. One of the specialties of the area is Benarasi dum aloo,
small potatoes hollowed out and stuffed with cauliflower, but there’s also a ground-lamb kebab attributed to the city of Kakori that arrives surprisingly dotted with poppy seeds and spicy as hell. Radiating from Uttar Pradesh, regionally recipes from other parts of India are showcased, most notably from the states of Tamil Nadu and Kerala in
the extreme south of the country. Dishes from these areas are highly recommended, but avoid anything made with chicken (boneless, skinless breast is used).

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Tips from foursquare

  • Serious Eats on 12/03/13

    Casual but refined Indian that's an interesting spin from the usual north Indian menu, but with hits and misses.

  • May N. on 07/03/12

    Scallops!! Yum!!

  • 7th.List on 02/29/12

    Former Tamarind chef Peter Beck has opened this Midtown West Indian restaurant with a focus on seafood

  • Violette B. on 07/02/13

    Great buffet lunch, yummy selection, and fair price, try it out!

  • Ashley A. on 11/03/13

    GREAT! The food was so yum. The food's presentation was beautiful and also DELICIOUS! The restaurant was not really big however the decor was beautiful. The service was excellent as well. 

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