2/28/2012 02:19:00 PM

Benares Brings Indian Cuisine to the Theater District Starting Today

The Theater District is full of Thai and Italian eateries, but there aren't too many Indian joints where you can grab a bite before dinner. Well, that changes today with the opening of Benares, an Indian restaurant with some serious pedigree. The spot is owned by Inder Singh, who used to own Devi and Baluchi's, and chef Peter Beck will be in the kitchen, bringing his experience from the Tamarind restaurants to take this spot's offerings to the next level. The 89-seat space will highlight cuisine from the different regions of India, but will hone in on the Western state of UP (Uttar Pradesh), where the city that the restaurant takes its name from is located. The area is known for its vegetarian cuisine - and an abundance of meatless dishes will be featured here, but there will still be options for carnivores, like the tandoori hen, pictured above.

The decor has some personal touches - those framed saris you see around the room are actually from some of the owner's female relatives. An international list of wines will be served, focusing on small producers, and cocktails will use inventive ingredients like chili-laced grenadine and roasted pineapple. The restaurant is located at 240 West 56th St., and opens today (212-397-0707).


  1. So much Indian food, I love it! Can't wait to try this one.

  2. It was awful--terrible service, both in the front of the house and the kitchen. And the condiments seem as if they come from a Sysco can. This place has nothing on Tamarind or Dawat, and while the decor on the surface is rich, it nonetheless feels like your local luncheonette.