240 West 56th Street (between 8th and Broadway)
Drawing upon an all star roster of acclaimed Indian restaurants in Manhattan, Benares is the culmination of decades of experience. Restaurateur Inder Singh, a former partner of Devi and Baluchi, partners with acclaimed chef Peter Beck, celebrated for his creative interpretation of his native cuisine at the helm of the Tamarind empire. “I’m pleased to collaborate with Chef Beck. I respect his culinary expertise and am confident that with our combined knowledge of kitchen and restaurant operations, Benares will be a celebration of the foods we cherish” notes Singh. Named for a city in northern India, the restaurant centers on the lush spices and abundant diversity of Indian cuisine. The dining room evokes a warm yet streamlined ambiance with mustard banquettes and dark brown wooden tables. Seating for up to 89 diners ensures a spacious environment while small groups of 10-12 can reserve a private dining room for a more intimate experience. Banarsi saris are highly sought after in the Indian community for their opulent embroidery. The walls are lined with framed banarsi saries. The menu is a medley of Indian dishes with an emphasis on the cuisine of the Western state of UP (Utter Pradesh) where the city of Benares is located.
148 W. 49th St. (btw. Sixth & Seventh Aves.)
In the heart of Times Square, Curry India sits on the longtime site of the Ceylon India Inn—the oldest Indian restaurant in New York City, established in 1915. Serves a wide range of exquisite authentic Indian curries, where fresh vegetables come in pairs deftly flavored with exotic spices. Chicken tikka with a savory, orange-colored sauce, roast chicken bright red from the tandoori, poori bread is extravagantly inflated—just waiting to be poked!