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Benares

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240 W 56th St, Between 8th Ave and Broadway, New York City, NY 10019-4306 (On W 56th street between Broadway and 8th ave)
+1 212-397-0707
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11:30 - 22:30
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Sun - Sat 11:30 - 22:30
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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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12 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

My daughter and I ate dinner here on a Sunday evening. The staff were attentive, the menu included vegetarian and vegan options. We had an appetizer of potato cakes stuffed with cranberries and spices. It was delicious. The entree and rice were very good. Prices were lower than I expected, especially for Midtown Manhattan. We definitely made a good decision... More 

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Thank Janice V
Philadelphia, PA
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290 reviews
160 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 99 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 February 2017

Excellent restaurant with wide variety of delicious Indian food, gracefully served in a very comfortable atmosphere.

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Thank FellowTaveler2
Roslyn Heights, New York
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113 reviews
51 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 62 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 January 2017

With so many restaurants to choose from it's difficult to pick a winner. There was a wide selection to choose from. Vegan, vegetarian, chicken, fish, meat. Staff was extremely patient and helpful in making a selection.

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Thank Danny G
Washington DC, District of Columbia
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39 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 December 2016

We had a family-style dinner before a show, and it couldn't have been better. Not too formal, but the service was friendly and attentive, the food exceptional, and an otherwise pleasant experience. Good Indian food is actually hard to find in the U.S., and this was an exception, with lots of explanation about special fare. Portions are plentiful and tasty,... More 

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Thank goalee111
Dobbs Ferry, New York
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267 reviews
168 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 75 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 December 2016 via mobile

Just walking to the restaurant from our car in freezing temps and gale-force winds chilled me through and through. But the moment I entered Benares, the warmth and fragrant aromas started to thaw me out. The welcome was also warm and the dining room lovely and comfortable. Crispy snacks with two dipping sauces (mint and tamarind) were brought immediately and... More 

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Thank Dobbstraveler
ny
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109 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 142 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 December 2016 via mobile

Expensive, and the food was poor. Tasteless, oddly colored fried crisps to start, greasy and heavy samosas, and bland dishes. Rice,also utterly tasteless, costs extra -- it's is not included with main dishes. Huh? Friendly manager/owner. Better options abound.

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Thank aaaaa
South Hamilton, Massachusetts
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35 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 November 2016

Within walking distance of Times Square there is wonderful food to be found and at reasonable prices. Chicken korma was yummy!

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Thank Alice M
North Wales, United Kingdom
2 reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 November 2016 via mobile

Walking through the streets of NY looking for somewhere small and pretty quiet to eat, and happened to see this Indian, the choice was pretty good they do also have a set menu for $23 each which is what I opted for! Nice clean restaurant, nice staff and all in all good value for money!

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Thank naomilaura19
London, England, United Kingdom
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25 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 November 2016

I love my Indian food and we discovered this restaurant on a recent visit to New York. They do a buffet on Sunday which was great value and great food.

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Thank TheMunros2014
Orpington, United Kingdom
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100 reviews
69 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 81 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 November 2016 via mobile

Benares is located immediately opposite my apartment building and I have been waiting for an excuse to try it out. When my wife finally arrived we gave it a go. The restaurant is pretty decent but quite plain inside. The menu is pretty wide ranging are not bad at all although I have to say when the food came out... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$20 - US$25
Cuisine
Indian, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Meals
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Delivery, Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol
Dining Style
Fine Dining
Good for
Groups, Business meetings, Child-friendly
Open Hours
Sunday
11:30 - 22:30
Monday
11:30 - 22:30
Tuesday
11:30 - 22:30
Wednesday
11:30 - 22:30
Thursday
11:30 - 22:30
Friday
11:30 - 22:30
Saturday
11:30 - 22:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 240 W 56th St, Between 8th Ave and Broadway, New York City, NY 10019-4306
    (On W 56th street between Broadway and 8th ave)
  • Public Transportation: Subway : 57th Street Station: Q . R , W Trains Columbus Circle Station: A. B. C, D Trains
  • Location: United States  >  New York (NY)  >  New York City>  > Midtown
  • Neighbourhood: Midtown
  • Phone Number: +1 212-397-0707
Description
At Benares, we offer a selection of traditional and regional Indian cuisines that are carefully prepared and presented by our experienced chefs.

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

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Midtown
This is the iconic New York that so many visitors imagine before they visit—spectacular skyscrapers like the Chrysler Building and Empire State Building, iconic public buildings like Grand Central Terminal and the New York Public Library, and the non-stop hustle and bustle of the city streets. Fifth Avenue is a shopper's heaven where you can find every kind of store imaginable, with fashion brands ranging from the affordable to the ultra-fancy. Visit the Rockefeller Center to experience towering Art Deco grandeur, and foodies will love the busy restaurants that stay open late in Koreatown. After dark, Midtown calms down a bit, but at any time of day or night it still feels 100% New York.
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