Benares, Indian restaurant in TriBeCa

 Benares, Indian restaurant in TriBeCa, NYC, New York

Benares, Indian restaurant in TriBeCa, NYC, New York

Benares was not unknown to me as I tried their location Midtown Manhattan. Ok, I did not really like it and my Indian friends were not thrilled either. But I was thinking that, maybe, the location in TriBeCa as well as few years could surprise me. So, we went on a Friday. The decor was modern with an interesting divide in the center of the main dining room that was in fact a banquette. 

 Dining room at  Benares, Indian restaurant in TriBeCa, NYC, New York

Dining room at Benares, Indian restaurant in TriBeCa, NYC, New York

The service there was courteous and efficient, but it is the food that I did not like. Pricey and not as good as the many places I tried. Baluchi's, located minutes away is for example far better, and I did not mention Tamarind, that was not much more expensive than this dinner, contrary to what some may think. 

It started well, with some puffy snacks that replaced the usual papadam and were served with mint, tamarind sauces. 

 Snacks at  Benares, Indian restaurant in TriBeCa, NYC, New York

Snacks at Benares, Indian restaurant in TriBeCa, NYC, New York

 Snacks at  Benares, Indian restaurant in TriBeCa, NYC, New York

Snacks at Benares, Indian restaurant in TriBeCa, NYC, New York

Then, we had some delicious vegetarian samosa that were not spicy at all, crispy on the outside and with a delightful potato and peas filling. On the side was some puffy rice (bhel puri) that added a nice touch to the dish. 

 Samosas at  Benares, Indian restaurant in TriBeCa, NYC, New York

Samosas at Benares, Indian restaurant in TriBeCa, NYC, New York

We also got some dal makhni, a black lentil dish cooked with cream, that I rediscovered during my trip to India. 

 Dal makhni at  Benares, Indian restaurant in TriBeCa, NYC, New York

Dal makhni at Benares, Indian restaurant in TriBeCa, NYC, New York

Unfortunately, it was disappointing: I simply did not like the taste, even when eating it with some delicious charred naan bread or rice.

 Rice pulao at  Benares, Indian restaurant in TriBeCa, NYC, New York

Rice pulao at Benares, Indian restaurant in TriBeCa, NYC, New York

 Naan at  Benares, Indian restaurant in TriBeCa, NYC, New York

Naan at Benares, Indian restaurant in TriBeCa, NYC, New York

Then was the tandoori grilled platter that had all sort of meats, from chicken to lamb. 

 Tandoori grilled platter at  Benares, Indian restaurant in TriBeCa, NYC, New York

Tandoori grilled platter at Benares, Indian restaurant in TriBeCa, NYC, New York

 Tandoori grilled platter at  Benares, Indian restaurant in TriBeCa, NYC, New York

Tandoori grilled platter at Benares, Indian restaurant in TriBeCa, NYC, New York

 Chicken kebab at  Benares, Indian restaurant in TriBeCa, NYC, New York

Chicken kebab at Benares, Indian restaurant in TriBeCa, NYC, New York

 Lamb kebab at  Benares, Indian restaurant in TriBeCa, NYC, New York

Lamb kebab at Benares, Indian restaurant in TriBeCa, NYC, New York

 Tandoori chicken at  Benares, Indian restaurant in TriBeCa, NYC, New York

Tandoori chicken at Benares, Indian restaurant in TriBeCa, NYC, New York

The lamb was definitely the star of the dish, with its fantastic bold flavor, full of spices. The chicken, cooked in many ways, was unequal: some pieces were really dry. 

We finished up with gulab jamun, one of my favorite Indian desserts. 

 Gulab jamun at  Benares, Indian restaurant in TriBeCa, NYC, New York

Gulab jamun at Benares, Indian restaurant in TriBeCa, NYC, New York

  Gulab jamun at   Benares, Indian restaurant in TriBeCa, NYC, New York

Gulab jamun at Benares, Indian restaurant in TriBeCa, NYC, New York

I liked it and it had the perfect amount of sweetness. 

I should mention that I drank a delicious mango lassi that was perfect whenever the heat built up too much in my mouth. 

 Mango lassi at  Benares, Indian restaurant in TriBeCa, NYC, New York

Mango lassi at Benares, Indian restaurant in TriBeCa, NYC, New York

So yes, it was disappointing and there are so many other options in New York, that I do not think I would go back. 

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