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Benares Indian Restaurant: Cozy Fine Dining in Tribeca

Table Top Art Shot
All Photos By Gail

If you’re looking for delicious and authentic Indian cuisine in NYC, it really isn’t hard to find. There are even a few neighborhoods — like East 6th Street or Curry Hill — with a concentration of reliable eateries that can satisfy any craving you might have for Indian Cuisine from a variety of regions. Great Indian restaurants are everywhere, but I have a couple of favorite places that stand out for me as being worth going out of my way for, and one of those is Benares. My foodie friend Anne and I attended an event at Benares back in 2012 to celebrate the opening of its now-former midtown location, and I still recall the delicious small bites and refreshing craft cocktails, along with gracious service and a comfortable but classy vibe that we experienced. So I jumped at the chance to revisit Benares now that the restaurant has relocated to Murray Street in Tribeca. We felt welcome the minute we walked in the door.

Recessed Ceiling Lighting
Room Shot

Benares takes its name from the city located in the Western state of UP (Utter Pradesh), and the extensive menu includes a medley of Indian dishes, with an emphasis on the cuisine of that  region. The city of Benares is known for vegetarian dishes, and the restaurant features over 20 delicious and unique vegetarian specialties, making it an ideal destination for groups with diverse dining tastes or dietary restrictions.

Rice Puffs with Dipping Sauce

Benares‘ menu also has many unusual seafood and meat dishes. Chef Peter Beck (formerly of Tamarind) prepares his signature dishes such as the Sevai Tomato Kurma (mussels, scallops, rock shrimp and crab claws tossed in a garlic tomato sauce over Indian style rice noodles) and the Tandoori Hen ( whole Cornish hen marinated in lime, ginger, cumin, garlic and garam masala and cooked in the tandoor oven). These are dishes that you will not find in other NYC Indian restaurantsI I brought Anne along with me, and we are served a tasting menu that included an enormous amount of indian specialties. Here’s what we ate!

Cauliflower Khasta Gobhi

Among a half-dozen or so appetizer bites that started off the dinner, we especially loved this Khasta Gobi: lightly batterrd and crispy fried cauliflower with garland crushed pepper in a tangy sauce.

Chicken Tikka

Chicken Tikka: Tandoor grilled tender pieces of chicken marinated in yogurt and spices.

Spicy Lamb

Makkai Ka Soweta Lamb with Fresh Corn

Makkai Ka Soweta: Lamb Shoulder marinated in yogurt, tumeric, chili , ginger and glare (very spicy) with fresh corn. Delcious!

Spicy Shrimp

Spicy Grilled Shrimp!

Table View with Full Meal

Our feast of several entrees — both meat and vegetarian — arrived quickly and included many of our favorites!

Basmati Rice
Basmati Rice with Saffron and Peas

Naan Bread
Freshly Baked Naan Bread

Malai Kofta

One vegetarian dish that I had never tried before is the Malai Kofta: a Vegetable and Cheese Dumplings served in Cashew and Onion Gravy. It is perhaps comparable to an Indian Matzhoh Ball! Very tasty!

Saag Paneer

Saag Paneer is a popular dish that everyone loves: Cubes of Indian cottage cheese served in creamed fresh spinach with mild Indian spices.

Butter Chicken

Butter Chicken is another mildly spicy meat dish that is a universal favorite, and a great introductory entree choice for anyone who has not had Indian food before. In this dish, tandoori grilled tikka of chicken is cooked in a smooth tomato gravy, rich in cashews and, as the name implies, finished with butter. Sublime!

Lamb Rogan Josh

Lamb Rogan Josh is dish that always makes me think of the American journalist and political analyst, Josh Rogin, but the two are not related! Rogan Josh is signature dish from Kashmir, consisting of succulent pieces lamb in a sauce flavored with cardamom, aniseed and paprika. The meat is excellent quality and has the texture of very tender beef. If you think you aren’t going to like lamb, I would recommend that you try this dish, and be won over!

Atom Bomb

We were understandably stuffed after indulging in so many amazing dishes, but our host insisted that we have dessert, and how could we say no to this gorgeous creation which they call an Atom Bomb: Warm Chocolate Lava Cake with Rose Petal Ice Cream and a drizzle of chocolate syrup. It tasted as wonderful as it looks. Rose Petal ice cream is a delicate treat that I highly recommend. The subtle but distinguishable essence of rose gives this ice cream a very light and unique flavor. It is fun to try new things!

Diners at a Table

Benares‘s beautiful interiors and intimate dining spaces make it a perfect restaurant  choice for any occasion from a business lunch to a first date or just a get-together with friends. Theres something for everyone on the menu and they will make you feel so welcome you will return again again.

Benares is located at 45 Murray Street (take the 2, 3, A or C trains) in Tribeca, NYC. See more photos, full menus, and make a reservation to dine at Benares by visiting Benares NYC Dot Com!

Table View

Pearl River Mart Reopens in TriBeCa!

Pearl River Mart Exterior Shot
All Photos By Gail

Finally, there’s bright spot on this dismal end of year season. Pearl River Mart, everyone’s favorite Asian Imports Store, has reopened as a Pop-Up at 395 Broadway. Oh, Happy Day. This space will become the store’s permanent location after a brief shuttering in February 2017 to allow for further construction on the interior.

Store Interior Far Right

I made an excited initial visit to the new store and can report that, while it is now much smaller than its previous 30,000 SF, multi-level home, this new space has many of the items you love to peruse, shop for, and give as gifts including ceramics and tableware, tea set, slippers, brocade satin purses and novelty tote bags, trinkets, cosmetics and of course incense and tiny statuary.

Buddha Garden

Pig Mug

Chinese Dolls

Store Center Left

This photo was taken from an upstairs loft, looking from the back of the store toward the front, and will give you an idea of the layout.

Candies

Store Center

Dishes

Silk Purses

Gong

It is so exciting and comforting to have Pearl River back in business. Welcome Back!

Lao Tsu Saying

Pearl River Mart is Located at 395 Broadway, Two Blocks Below Canal Street in Tribeca/Chinatown, NYC.

Thomas Mann Saying

Bead Curtain

Store View

Chinese Clothing

Paper Lanterns

I'm a Pearl River Fan

Single Fare 3 Metrocard Art Exhibit at RH Gallery

Single Fare 3 Metrocard Art Exhibit
All Photos By Gail Except Where Noted

If you think that an artist would be creatively limited by being restricted to use of a canvas that’s only the size of a NYC Transit Metrocard, you’d be surprised! In an open call for artists, Single Fare 3 (the third in a series of semi-annual art exhibits whose only guideline is that the art must incorporate a Metrocard), Single Fare curators Jean-Pierre Roy and Michael Kagan were flooded with thousands of submissions for this year’s show at RH Gallery in Tribeca. The art ranges widely from classic portraiture, cartoons, sculpture, interactive pieces, famous people, pop culture references, Metrocards re-purposed as utilitarian objects, lots of nudes and even an old fashioned rotoscope device!

I was lucky to arrive early and be one of the first dozen people admitted to the gallery, when it looked like this:

Single Fare Sparse Crowd

But within half an hour the place looked more like this:

Single Fare 3  Heavy Crowd
Photo by Cojo of ArtSucks.com

Here are photos of some of my favorite art from the show!
Single Fare 3 Metrocard Art

Click on any image to enlarge for detail.

Single Fare 3 Metrocard Art
These tiny paintings have the look of classic oil portraits.

Single Fare 3 Metrocard Art
Little Monsters!

Single Fare 3 Metrocard Art
A little Neon Bling!

Single Fare 3 Metrocard Art Titanic
Various Scenes from the film Titanic

Single Fare 3 Metrocard Art Van Halen Lemmy Madonna
Eddie Van Halen, Lemmy, Madonna

Metrocard Art The Shining
Characters from The Shining

Metrocard Art 3D Sculptures
3D Metrocard Sculptures

Metrocard Art Nightlights
Metrocards Transformed Into Nightlights

Metrocard Art Eric Richardson
One of Two Pieces in the Show by Eric Richardson

Metrocard Art Kinetic Taxi Sculpture
Kinetic Taxi Sculpture

Metrocard Art Kinetic Pin Up Calendars
A Year of ’70s Pin Up Calendar Pages

Metrocard Art Flamingo
Flamingo

Metrocard Art Ouija Board
Ouija Board

Metrocard Art Subway Train
Subway Train!

Metrocard Art Various Shoes
Shoes!

Metrocard Art Monsters
More Little Monsters!

Metrocard Art With Pink Yarn Fringe
Metrocard With Pink Yarn Fringe

See more great photos of the show at Art Sucks Dot Com!

Single Fare 3 is On Exhibit Only Through February 22nd at RH Gallery, Located at 137 Duane Street in Tribeca, NYC (Just East of West Broadway. Take the 2 or 3 Trains to Chambers Street and Walk Uptown Two Blocks). Hours are Tuesday – Saturday 11:00 AM –7:00 PM.