Benares Tribeca (NYC)

Puffed rice chips and trio of dips (tamarind, parsley-mint and ginger orange oil)
Crab chettinadu - Lump crabmeat, garlic, ginger, toasted coconut and spices

While I usually don’t stick with Tribeca for dinner but I was in the neighborhood to show a few out of town friends for sightseeing (e.g. 9/11 Memorial, Oculus, etc.). A good option for something flavorful and reasonably priced, you may head to Benares Tribeca. The colorful puffed rice chips with a trio of dips (tamarind, parsley-mint, and ginger orange oil) are to start with. You must order the satisfyingly cold and sweet mango lassi to go with the spicy foods (if you’re not looking for alcohol).

The best appetizer was the crab chettinadu. A hefty portion of fresh, sweet lump crab meat, tossed in a potent mixture of garlic, ginger, toasted coconut and vibrant spices. Though it seems like the spices would overwhelm the delicate crab flavor, it does not and it’s perfectly balanced and distinctive.

Butter chicken
Rogan josh

The other go-to options are their curries like the classics of butter chicken and rogan josh were tasty (we had others as well but these were the highlights). The butter chicken has the velvety red sauce and has a subtle tang of yogurt and spices. The lamb from rogan josh was tender and a mild kick of heat.

Chocolate lava cake with rose ice cream

To end this satisfying meal, we had the chocolate lava cake with rose ice cream. The scoops of ice cream I really adored since it rings truer to the Indian cuisine and it didn’t taste like perfume. The chocolate lava cake was slightly over baked and didn’t have the gooey, oozing center but it tasted fine.

Overall, it’s a fine dining destination for lunch or dinner if you’re around the Tribeca area.

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Benares Tribeca
45 Murray Street
New York, NY 10007
Telephone: (212) 766-4900


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