Indian Dinner at Benares in TriBeCa

Please note that the meal was complimentary. However, the opinions expressed in my blog are 100% my own!

 Benares in TriBeCa

Benares in TriBeCa

When you are a blogger and get an invitation from PRs and restaurants, it is always tricky as one would wonder how objective you would be. I always follow certain rules: always disclose that I was invited, be honest about the food (if I do not like it, I will write it), never talk about the service as they know that you are coming for a review and for sure will give you extra attention. People sometimes ask me: if you get invited and do not like the food at all, what do you do? Frankly, I would not post as a courtesy to the person who invited me. Benares is an interesting case though: I went two years ago and did not like it. So, going back was weird and the experience was different, the food we tried much better than what we had the first time we went to their location in TriBeca (although I still find their samosa just ok), and we tried a lot of it, as they proposed a tasting composed of vegetarian and non-vegetarian dishes. Here is what we had:

High Society Old Fashioned:

 Old Fashioned at Benares in TriBeCa

Old Fashioned at Benares in TriBeCa

Mango and sweet lassi (perfect for soothing my mouth as the food was a bit spicy):

 Mango lassi at Benares in TriBeCa

Mango lassi at Benares in TriBeCa

 Sweet lassi at Benares in TriBeCa

Sweet lassi at Benares in TriBeCa

Far Far Crackers:

 Far Far Crackers at Benares in TriBeCa

Far Far Crackers at Benares in TriBeCa

Paneer (cottage cheese) with onion sauce:

 Paneer with onion sauce at Benares in TriBeCa

Paneer with onion sauce at Benares in TriBeCa

 Paneer with onion sauce at Benares in TriBeCa

Paneer with onion sauce at Benares in TriBeCa

Khasta Gobhi (lightly battered crisp cauliflower with garlic and crushed pepper in a tangy sauce):

 Khasta Gobhi at Benares in TriBeCa

Khasta Gobhi at Benares in TriBeCa

 Khasta Gobhi at Benares in TriBeCa

Khasta Gobhi at Benares in TriBeCa

Aloo Papri Chaat (wheat crisps, chickpeas, potatoes, topped with yogurt, roasted cumin, mint and tamarind sauce) and vegetable samosa:

 Aloo Papri Chaat and samosa at Benares in TriBeCa

Aloo Papri Chaat and samosa at Benares in TriBeCa

 Aloo Papri Chaat at Benares in TriBeCa

Aloo Papri Chaat at Benares in TriBeCa

 Samosa at Benares in TriBeCa

Samosa at Benares in TriBeCa

Tandoor specialties: it was composed of Aamiya Jhinga (jumbo prawns marinated in mango, chili, rice vinegar, ginger and molasses, cooked in tandoor), Chicken Tikka Smokey, 

 Tandoor specialties at Benares in TriBeCa

Tandoor specialties at Benares in TriBeCa

 Chicken Tikka Smokey at Benares in TriBeCa

Chicken Tikka Smokey at Benares in TriBeCa

 Aamiya Jhinga at Benares in TriBeCa

Aamiya Jhinga at Benares in TriBeCa

 Achchari Chicken Tikka at Benares in TriBeCa

Achchari Chicken Tikka at Benares in TriBeCa

Paneer (cottage cheese) Tikka:

 Paneer Tikka at Benares in TriBeCa

Paneer Tikka at Benares in TriBeCa

 Paneer Tikka at Benares in TriBeCa

Paneer Tikka at Benares in TriBeCa

Banarsi Kachori (crispy flour puffs served with tomato salsa, potatoes and chutneys):

 Banarsi Kachori at Benares in TriBeCa

Banarsi Kachori at Benares in TriBeCa

 Banarsi Kachori at Benares in TriBeCa

Banarsi Kachori at Benares in TriBeCa

Lamb chop:

 Lamb chop at Benares in TriBeCa

Lamb chop at Benares in TriBeCa

Fish Malai Tikka (fish filet marinated in yogurt and cooked in the tandoor):

 Fish Malai Tikka at Benares in TriBeCa

Fish Malai Tikka at Benares in TriBeCa

 Fish Malai Tikka at Benares in TriBeCa

Fish Malai Tikka at Benares in TriBeCa

Kholapuri Misal (a spicy dish made with sprouted beans in chili, coconut, herbs and spiced crisps with toasted pav):

 Kholapuri Misal at Benares in TriBeCa

Kholapuri Misal at Benares in TriBeCa

 Kholapuri Misal at Benares in TriBeCa

Kholapuri Misal at Benares in TriBeCa

Chicken tikka masala:

 Chicken tikka masala at Benares in TriBeCa

Chicken tikka masala at Benares in TriBeCa

Lamb Rogan Josh:

 Lamb Rogan Josh at Benares in TriBeCa

Lamb Rogan Josh at Benares in TriBeCa

Saag Paneer (spinach and cottage cheese):

 Saag Paneer at Benares in TriBeCa

Saag Paneer at Benares in TriBeCa

Peshawari Chole (chickpeas cooked with roasted herbs and spices in a tomato and onion sauce):

 Peshawari Chole at Benares in TriBeCa

Peshawari Chole at Benares in TriBeCa

It was served with naan and rice:

 Naan bread at Benares in TriBeCa

Naan bread at Benares in TriBeCa

 Rice pulao at Benares in TriBeCa

Rice pulao at Benares in TriBeCa

For dessert, we got Atam Bomb, a chocolate lava cake with rose petal ice cream:

 Atom Bomb dessert at Benares in TriBeCa

Atom Bomb dessert at Benares in TriBeCa

Enjoy (I did)!

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Benares TriBeCa - 45 Murray Street, New York, NY 10007