Indian restaurants in New York City are known for comfort food with exotic spices, served in less-than-glamorous atmospheres. With the opening of Benares this month, Indian cuisine will now be known for gourmet offerings in a sophisticated ambiance.
When you’re tired of the hole-in-the-wall curry joints in the East Village, travel up to Midtown for an authentic Indian menu with class at Benares.
A long list of vegetarian appetizers will make your always-dieting friends happy. During this heatwave, try the light and crisp Bhel Puri (puffed rice crisps with chopped onions, potatoes, avocado & corn kernels, tossed with chutneys).
For a fried indulgence, Banarsi Kachori (crispy flour puffs served with tomato salsa, potatoes, and chutneys) will satiate your craving.
The Kashmiri Soup (roasted turnip, beetroot, pigeon peas flavored with fennel, cumin, ginger & garlic) delivers comfort on a rainy day when you thought only tomato soup could warm your soul.
Meat eaters shouldn’t miss Barrah Kebab (juicy pieces of lamb marinated in yogurt and nutmeg). The lamb chunks are tender and spiced with a kick, while cooled by nutmeg and fresh mint yogurt.
The standout meal is Sevai Tomato Kurma (mussels, scallops, rock shrimps, fishes, crab claws tossed in garlic tomato sauce over Indian style rice noodles). This dish is much more interesting than your typical Indian takeout of Chicken Tikka Masala. The sauce highlights the seafood, without overpowering their natural flavors, while the thin noodles won’t send you on a carb overload.
Peas Pulao (saffron rice with peas) are served with each main course, such as Murgh Pateeli Saag (spiced chicken pieces, sauteed with fresh spinach, enhanced with spices).
Breads arrive hot to your table with soft and crisp pockets to dip in each sauce. Not afraid to kiss your date with less-than-sexy-breath? Make sure to order the Garlic Naan. If you’re counting calories, the Roti is a great option, for it’s whole-wheat flour.
Whether you’re a meat lover or vegetarian, there's an array of choices to enjoy at Benares! The staff is friendly and attentive as you order, dine and relax. Visit Benares soon to enjoy dinner post-theatre or after leaving your midtown office. Cuisine at Benares is so much more than Indian delivery on a night home alone in your pjs.
Benares. 240 W. 56th St.