Benares

Indian
$ $
45 Murray St (Park Place)
New York, NY 10007
(212) 967-0400
Monday
11:30am - 10:30pm
Tuesday
11:30am - 10:30pm
Wednesday
11:30am - 10:30pm
Thursday
11:30am - 10:30pm
Friday
11:30am - 10:30pm
Saturday
11:30am - 10:30pm
Sunday
11:30am - 10:30pm

Benares has two locations in Manhattan — one in Midtown, and the other in Tribeca. Executive chef Peter Beck, culinary visionary of the restaurant, devised a menu meant to blend signature Indian dishes with an emphasis on cuisine specific to the Western state of UP (Utter Pradesh) where the city of Benares — after which the restaurant is named — is located. These flavors, as it was explained to me, are unique to Indian restaurant offerings (in America), and focus more on Tandoori styles of cooking, in addition to the traditional Indian sauces, but with a twist. This twist, as I would later find out, was a cleanness and distinction of flavor that I found missing previously. —Tyler Sullivan, Assistant Editor

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  • I never leave tips, but the service and food was so good here that I have to. Get the lunch special and order the samosas. Just awesome.
  • Casual yet refined Indian that's an interesting spin from the usual north Indian menu, but with hits and misses.
  • Cute place!! Food is decent and portions are good. Try the malai kofta and garlic naan!
  • Chicken curry medium is great
  • Awesome garlic naan
  • Get kozhi Erachi ! Phenom!
  • Dal is really good!
  • Great chicken tikka masala. Make sure to tell your waiter how much spice you can handle since everything is spicey
  • Ordered Kolhapuri Misal, Paneer Burji and Mango Lassi. All three were delicious!
  • Butter chicken!
  • Chicken korma has a lot of depth
  • The lunch special is a fantastic deal. Really enjoyed the garlic naan, saag paneer, and seekh kebab. Nice ambience also.
  • Lunch special was a great value for money. Very good indian food. Chicken curry was top.
  • Chicken Tikka Marsala was very good. Had the spinach soup as part of my lunch special too. Good service and nice atmosphere. Get there before noon for a lunch table
  • I ordered the paratha, navratan korma, chai and a mango lassi. I was disappointed by everything. The korma was bland and too sweet and it seemed like the fruit and veggies came from cans.
  • Kadhai Goat + Garlic Naan + Malbec =
  • Excellent food !!!
  • Wonderful decor and lots of great vegetarian options. They also have a full bar, which is unusual for a lot of Indian restaurants.
  • Amazing! Start with delicious samosas, which are triangular turnovers filled with potato and green peas. An entree of tender lamb chops, and chocolate lava with rose petal ice cream for dessert!

Nearby places

102 North End Ave.
270 Greenwich St (at Warren St)
255 Greenwich St (at Murray St)