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  • Indian, Vegetarian-Friendly
  • 240 W 56th St, New York NY10107 40.7656434 -73.9828817
  • (Btwn Broadway & 8th Ave)
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  • (212) 397-0707
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Non Vegetarian Appetizer

Angoori Jhinga shrimps marinated in ajwain, ginger, garlic, green chilies, grilled in tandoor, served with grape relish   11.00
Karwari Jhinga shrimps spiced with chili, coated with semolina poppy seeds, pan seared, served with coconut pineapple salsa   11.00
Tawa Scallops pan cooked scallops with cilantro, tomatillo, green chili, ginger, mango & tomato relish   12.00
Mankyo Tala calamari seasoned in butter milk with herbs and spices, tomato and plum chutney   12.00
Crab Milagu lump crab, seasoned with spiced peppers, roasted tomato & garlic sauce   13.00
Fish Amritsari fish marinated in ginger, garlic, garam masala, yogurt and coated with gram flour   10.00
Tandoori Machli salmon spiced with green peppercorns & finished in tandoor   10.00
Kandhari Murgh chicken breast marinated in spices & served with pomegranate, date, gooseberry dip   10.00
Chicken Tikka tandoor grilled tender pieces of chicken, marinated in yogurt & spices   10.00
Batakhi Khumbh sliced duck breast with mushrooms, green onions & carrots in a puff   10.00
Kakaori Kebab ground lamb rubbed with ginger, garlic, chili, infused with poppy seeds & nutmeg   10.00
Barrah Kebab juicy pieces of lamb marinated in yogurt and nutmeg   10.00

Vegetarian Appetizer

Mathura Se potato patties stuffed with seasoned gram topped with mint & cranberry sauce   8.00
Aloo Papri Chaat wheat crisps, chick peas, potatoes topped with yogurt, roasted cumin, mint & tamarind sauces   8.00
Banarsi Kachori crispy flour puffs served with tomato salsa, potatoes, and chutneys   8.00
Paneer Tikka cottage cheese marinated in yogurt, turmeric, pomegranate, skewered and cooked in clay oven   10.00
Classic Samosa potatoes seasoned with cumin, coriander, ginger, mango powder in triangle turnovers   8.00
Shakahari Kebab corn, yam, spinach & chickpea kebab skewered and cooked in clay oven   10.00
Bhel Puri puffed rice crisps with chopped onions, potatoes, avocado & corn kernels, tossed with chutneys   8.00
Mix Pakora lotus, cabbage, onion, spinach fritters   8.00

Soup

Kashmiri Soup roasted turnip, beetroot, pigeon peas flavored with fennel, cumin, ginger & garlic   8.00
Kozhi Rasam chicken soup flavored with fennel, black peppers, coconut and tomatoes   7.00
Attukal Paya Soup lamb soup (oat trotters) with coriander, coconut & garam masala   8.00
Hara Bhara Salad lettuce, diced cucumber, red radish, carrots, cherry tomatoes & guacamole with chef's special dressing   7.00

Tandoori Main Course

Aamiya Jhinga jumbo prawns marinated in mango, chili, rice vinegar, ginger, molasses, cooked in tandoor   20.00
Tandoori Hen whole cornish hen marinated in lime, ginger, garlic, cumin, garam masala and cooked in tandoor   19.00
Lucknowi Murgh chicken breast marinated in yogurt with saffron and cardamom flavors, cooked in clay oven   16.00
Fish Tikka sword fish cubes, marinated in tandoori masala & crushed peppers, cooked in tandoor   19.00
Lamb Chops juicy lamb chops from ribs, marinated to perfection, cooked in clay oven   21.00

Chicken

Chicken Tikka Masala grilled boneless chicken simmered in fenugreek flavored plum tomato sauce   15.00
Murgh Pateeli Saag spiced chicken pieces, sauteed with fresh spinach, enhanced with spices   15.00
Chicken Shahi Korma spiced chicken in rich cashew nut & almond sauce   15.00
Chicken Vindaloo famous chicken preparation from goa cooked with vinegar, hot chilies & spices   15.00
Chicken Curry Home Style home style chicken preparation slow cooked in onion, tomato, ginger & spices   15.00
Kozhi Varutha Curry south indian specialty chicken, cooked with roasted chili, spices, ginger & garlic in coconut sauce   15.00
Tharavu Curry duck meat simmered in onion, ginger, garlic, coconut sauce with chilies & spices   18.00

Lamb

Rezala Goat slow cooked goat meat cooked in onion, yogurt, saffron, cardamom   17.00
Rogan Josh a signature dish from kashmir consists of succulent pieces of lamb in cardamom, anise & paprika savored sauce   16.00
Lamb Vindaloo goa style lamb cooked with vinegar, hot chilies & spices   16.00
Lamb Saagwala tender pieces of lamb sauteed with fresh spinach & enhanced with spices   16.00
Safed Gosht a rajasthani specialty, marinated lamb in ginger, garlic, yogurt, simmered in cardamom & almond sauce   16.00
Dum Pukht Raan braised lamb shanks in a sauce infused with herbs & spices   22.00

Seafood

Malwanni Fresh Curry bronzini simmered in coconut, chilies, spiced sauce   20.00
Beguni Maach seabass marinated in ginger, garlic, jalapenos, sundried tomatoes & garam masala, oven baked   23.00
Iggaru Royya shrimps simmered in star anise, chilies, coconut, poppy seeds, tamarind water   20.00
Kekada Kari traditional nadan kerala style jumbo crab curry, simmered in mustard, curry leaves & kokum   19.00
Goldhar Dhingri sauteed lobster & wild mushrooms in garlic flavored sauce   28.00
Sevai Tomato Kurma mussels, scallops, rock shrimps, fishes, crab claws tossed in garlic tomato sauce over indian style rice noodles   23.00

Vegetarian

Banarsi Dum Aloo scooped potatoes stuffed with seasoned veggies in onion tomato sauce   13.00
Achari Bhindi fresh okra cooked with pickled, flavored spices   13.00
Gobhi Jaipuri potato and cauliflower cooked in slow fire with cumin, coriander & chili flakes   13.00
Baingan Mirch Ka Salan baby eggplant simmered in coconut, peanut, curry leaves flavored gravy, topped with stuffed peppers   13.00
Jodhpuri Tarkari baby corn, tofu & soya stewed in a spiced onion and tomato sauce   13.00
Nawabi Subji fresh vegetables simmered in 'charmagaz' gravy with cardamom flavor   13.00
Saag Paneer fresh spinach cooked with cottage cheese, tempered with cumin, ginger & garlic   14.00
Malai Kofta vegetable and cheese dumplings cooked in a cashew and tomato gravy   14.00
Lauki Ka Kofta green squash dumplings & paneer khurchan, served with makhani sauce   14.00
Peshawari Choley chickpeas cooked in roasted herbs & spices with fresh tomato & onion sauce   13.00
Dal Makhani black lentils cooked in slow fire overnight, finished with butter and tomato gravy   13.00
Banarsi Dal blend of malka masoor, chana & arhar tempered with onion, ginger, tomatoes finished with desi ghee   13.00

Rice

All Basmati Rice

Peas Pulao saffron rice with peas   3.00
Kashmiri Pulao saffron rice with fruits & nuts   7.00
Jeera Rice basmati rice tempered with cumin   7.00
Banarsi Rice lemon flavored rice   7.00

Biryani

Layered Basmati Rice Casserole, Flavored With Spices Saffron & Rose Water

Vegetable    14.00
Chicken    15.00
Lamb    16.00
Goat    17.00
Shrimp    18.00

Breads

Naan    3.00
Roti    3.00
Paratha laccha / mint paratha   4.00
Poori    4.00
Garlic Naan rosemary naan / peshawari naan   4.00
Filled Kulcha choose from onion, potato, paneer   5.00
Chicken Tikka And Cheese Kulcha    6.00
Bread Basket    13.00

Sides

Tomato Chutney    4.00
Eggplant & Garlic Chutney    4.00
Mango Chutney / Pickle    4.00
Onion Tomato Raita    4.00
Cucumber Raita    4.00
Papadam    3.00
Curry Sauce    7.00
Tikka Masala Sauce    7.00
Vindaloo Sauce    7.00

Desserts

Shahi Dawat carrot pudding on a saffron crisp bread, topped with raspberry and rabri   6.00
Mango Kulfi mango flavored indian ice cream   6.00
Narangi Kheer orange flavored rice pudding   5.00
Rasmalai cottage cheese dumpling   5.00
Gulab Jamun honey dumpling   5.00

Beverages

Soda    3.00
Lemonade    3.00
Iced Tea    4.00
San Pellegrino Sparkling Water    5.00
Lassi mango lassi / sweet & salted lassi / rose lassi   4.00

Delivery & Take Out

Lunch Specials

Monday-Friday: Open-2:45pm.

1. Vegetarian Platter Lunch Special two vegetables of the day, lentils, rice, naan and salad.   8.95
2. Chicken Tikka Masala Lunch Special chicken tikka masala, vegetable of the day, lentils, rice, naan and salad.   9.95
3. Chicken Tandoori Platter Lunch Special chicken tandoori, vegetable of the day, lentils, rice, naan and salad.   9.95
4. Lamb Curry Platter Lunch Special lamb curry of the day.   10.95

Vegetarian Appetizers

Unset

Mathura Se (Aloo Tikiya) potato patties, stuffed with seasoned gram, topped with mint and cranberry sauce.   8.00
Aloo Papri Chaat wheat crisps, chicken peas and potatoes topped with yogurt, roasted cumin, mint and tamarind sauces.   8.00
Banarsi Kachori crispy flour puffs, served with tomato salsa, potatoes and chutneys.   8.00
Paneer Tikka cottage cheese, marinated in yogurt, turmeric, pomegranate, skewered and cooked in a clay oven.   10.00
Classic Samosa potatoes, seasoned with cumin, coriander, ginger and mango powder, in a triangle turnovers.   8.00
Shakahari Kebab (Veg Kebab) corn, yam, spinach and chickpea kebab, skewered and cooked in a clay oven.   10.00
Bhel Puri puffed rice crisps, with chopped onions, potatoes, avocado and corn kernels, tossed with chutneys.   8.00
Mix Pakora lotus, cabbage, onion and spinach fritters.   8.00

Non-Vegetarian Appetizers

Unset

Angoori Jhinga (Tandoori Shrimp) shrimps, marinated in ajwain, ginger, garlic and green chilies, grilled in tandoor, served with grape relish.   11.00
Karwari Jhinga shrimps, spiced with chili, coated with semolina poppy seeds, pan seared and served coconut pineapple salsa.   11.00
Tawa Scallops pan cooked scallops, with cilantro, tomatillo, green chili, ginger, mango and tomato relish.   12.00
Mankyo Tala calamari, seasoned in buttermilk, with herbs and spices, tomatoes and plum chutney.   12.00
Crab Milagu lump crab, seasoned with spiced peppers, roasted tomato and garlic sauce.   13.00
Fish Amritsari (Fish Pakora) fish marinated in ginger, garlic, garam, masala, yogurt and coated with gram flour.   10.00
Tandoori Machli salmon spiced with green peppercorns and finished in tandoor.   10.00
Kandhari Murgh (Malai Kebab) chicken breast, marinated in spices and served with pomegranate, date and gooseberry dip.   10.00
Chicken Tikka tandoor grilled tender pieces of chicken, marinated in yogurt and spices.   10.00
Batakhi Khumbh sliced duck breast, with mushrooms, green onions and carrots, in a puff.   10.00
Kakori Kebab (Seekah Kebab) ground lamb, rubbed with ginger, garlic, chili and infused with poppy seeds and nutmeg.   10.00
Barrah Kabab juicy pieces of lamb, marinated in yogurt and nutmeg.   10.00

Soup & Salad

Kashmiri Soup roasted turnip, beetroot, pigeon peas, flavored with fennel, cumin, ginger and garlic.   8.00
Kozhi Rasam Soup chicken soup. flavored with fennel, black peppers, and tomatoes.   7.00
Attukal Paya Soup lamb soup (goat trotters)with coriander, coconut and garam masala.   8.00
Harabhara Salad lettuce, diced cucumber, radish, carrots cherry tomatoes and guacamole, with chef's special dressing.   7.00

Chicken

Chicken Tikka Masala grilled boneless chicken simmered in fenugreek flavored plum tomato sauce.   15.00
Murgh Pateeli Saag (Chicken Saag) spiced chicken pieces, sautéed with fresh spinach and enhanced with spices.   15.00
Chicken Shahi Korma spiced chicken, in rich cashew nut and almond sauce.   15.00
Chicken Vindaloo famous chicken preparation, from goa, cooked with vinegar, hot chilies and spices.   15.00
Chicken Curry Home Style home style chicken preparation, slow cooked in onion, tomato, ginger and spices.   15.00
Kozhi Varutha Curry south indian specialty chicken, cooked with roasted chili, spices, ginger and garlic in coconut sauce.   15.00
Tharavu Curry duck meat, simmered in onion, ginger, garlic and coconut sauce with spices.   18.00

Lamb

Rezala Goat slow cooked goat meat, cooked in onion, yogurt, saffron and cardamom.   17.00
Lamb Rogan Josh a signature dish from kashmir consists of succulent pieces of lamb and cardamom, aniseed and paprika, savored sauce.   16.00
Lamb Vindaloo goa style lamb, cooked with vinegar, hot chilies and spices.   16.00
Lamb Saagwala tender pieces of lamb, sautéed with fresh spinach and enhanced with spices.   16.00
Safed Gosht a rajasthani specialty, marinated lamb, in ginger, garlic, yogurt, simmered in cardamom and almond sauce.   16.00
Dum Pukht Raan braised lamb shanks, in a sauce, infused with herbs and spices.   22.00
Lamb Handi lamb with veggies in a medium spicy sauce.   16.00
Keema Matar minced lamb cooked with green peas.   17.00
Goat Masala goat in medium spicy sauce.   17.00
Goat Kadai goat cooked with chunks of red and green peppers.   17.00

Seafood

Malwani Fish Curry bronzini, simmered in coconut, chilies and spiced sauce.   20.00
Beguni Maach seabass, marinated in ginger, garlic, jalapeños, sun-dried tomatoes and garam masala, oven baked.   23.00
Iggaru Royya shrimps, simmered in star anise, chilies, coconut poppy seeds and tamarind water.   20.00
Kekada Kari traditional nadan kerala style jump lump crab curry, simmered in mustard.   19.00
Goldhar Dhingri sautéed lobster and wild mushrooms in a garlic flavored sauce.   28.00
Sevai Tomato Kurma mussels, scallops, rock shrimps, fishes and crab claws, rossed in garlic tomato sauce, over indian style rice noodles.   23.00
Salmon Curry salmon in onion based medium spicy sauce.   19.00

Tandoori Main Courses

All Main Courses Are Served With Basmati Saffron W/Pea Rice. These Items Are Not In A Sauce.

Aamiya Jhinga jumbo prawns, marinated in mango, chili, rice vinegar, ginger and molasses, cooked in tandoor.   20.00
Tandoori Hen whole cornish hen, marinated in lime, ginger, garlic, cumin, garam masala and cooked in tandoor.   19.00
Lucknowi Murgh chicken breast, marinated in yogurt, with saffron and cardamom flavor, cooked in clay oven.   16.00
Fish Tikka Entree sword fish cubed, marinated in tandoori masala and crushed peppers, cooked in tandoor.   19.00
Lamb Chops juicy lamb chops from ribs, marinated to perfection, cooked in clay oven.   21.00
Mixed Grill chicken, lamb, and seafood assortments from the tandoor.   19.00
Chicken Tikka Entrée tandoor grilled tender pieces of chicken, marinated in yogurt and spices.   20.00
Malai Kebab Entrée chicken spiced with green peppercorns and finished in tandoor.   20.00
Seekh Kebab Entrée ground lamb, rubbed with ginger, garlic, chili and infused with poppy seeds and nutmeg.   20.00
Barrah Kebab Entrée juicy pieces of lamb, marinated in yogurt and nutmeg.   20.00

Vegetarian Main Courses

All Main Courses Are Served With Basmati Saffron W/Pea Rice

Banarsi Dum Aloo scooped potatoes, stuffed with seasoned veggies, in onion tomato sauce.   13.00
Achari Bhindi fresh okra, cooked with pickled, flavored spices.   13.00
Gobhi Jaipuri potato and cauliflower, cooked in slow fire with cumin, coriander and chili flakes.   13.00
Baingan Mirch Ka Salan baby eggplant, simmered in coconut, peanut sauce, curry leaves flavored gravy, topped with stuffed peppers.   13.00
Jodhpuri Tarkari baby corn, tofu and soya, stewed in a spiced onion and tomato sauce.   13.00
Nawabi Subji fresh vegetables, simmered in 'charmagaz' gravy, with cardamom flavor.   13.00
Saag Paneer fresh spinach, cooked with cottage cheese, tempered with cumin, ginger and garlic.   14.00
Malai Kofta vegetable and cheese dumplings, cooked in a cashew and tomato gravy.   14.00
Lauki Ka Kofta green squash dumplings and paneer khurchan, served with makhani sauce.   14.00
Peshawari Choley chickpeas, cooked in roasted herbs and spices, with fresh tomato and onion sauce.   13.00
Dal Makhani black lentils cooked in slow fire overnight, finished with butter and tomato gravy.   13.00
Banarsi Dal blend of malka masoor, chana and arhar tempered with onion, ginger and tomatoes, finished with desi ghee.   13.00
Yellow Dal yellow lenitls.   13.00
Baigan Bharda eggplant roasted on fire and cooked with onions and peas.   13.00
Vegetable Jalfrazie assorted veggies sautéed in tangy tomato sauce.   13.00
Panir Bhurjee shredded panir cooked with onions, tomato, and spices.   14.00
Panir Makhani panir cooked in tomato and cream sauce.   14.00

Breads

Plain Naan    3.00
Roti    3.00
Paratha plain, mint or laccha.   4.00
Poori    4.00
Naan garlic, rosemary or peshawari.   4.00
Filled Kulcha onion, potato or paneer.   5.00
Chicken Tikka & Cheese Kulcha    6.00
Bread Basket our exclusive assortment.   13.00

Rice And Rice Biryanis

Unset

Peas Pulao saffron rice with peas.   3.00
Kashmiri Pulao saffron rice with fruits and nuts   7.00
Jeera Rice basmati rice, tempered with cumin.   7.00
Banarsi Rice lemon flavored rice.   7.00
Vegetable Biryani layered basmati rice casserole, flavored with spices, saffron and rose water.   14.00
Chicken Biryani layered basmati rice casserole, flavored with spices, saffron and rose water.   15.00
Lamb Biryani layered basmati rice casserole, flavored with spices, saffron and rose water.   16.00
Goat Biryani layered basmati rice casserole, flavored with spices, saffron and rose water.   17.00
Shrimp Biryani layered basmati rice casserole, flavored with spices, saffron and rose water.   18.00

Combo Special $15.95

Combo Special choose one appetizer and one entree selection. you also get basmati rice, nan bread, cucumber, raita (yogurt) and mango chutney, with your order.   15.95
appetizer choices: chicken kandhari kebab, chicken tikka, barrah kebab, kakori kebab, fish amritsari, aloo tikki, classic samosa, banarsi kachori, aloo papri chaat, kashmiri soup, kozhi rasam soup.   
entrée choices: chicken tikka masala, chicken shahi korma, kozhi varutha curry, lamb vindaloo, rogan josh, lamb saagwala, malwani fish, achari bhindi, jaipuri gobhi, baingan bartha, nawabi subji, peshawari choley, saag paneer, malai kofta, banarsi dum aloo, paneer bhurje, dal makhani, chicken vindaloo, chicken saagwala.   
naan substitution option: garlic naan, paratha bread, mint paratha bread, potato paratha, onion naan, cheese naan.   1.00

Side Orders

Tomato Chutney    4.00
Eggplant & Garlic Chutney    4.00
Mango Chutney    4.00
Onion Tomato Raita    4.00
Boondi Raita    4.00
Cucumber Raita    4.00
Papadum    3.00
Curry Sauce   (16oz) 7.00
Tikka Masala Sauce   (16oz) 7.00
Vindaloo Sauce   (16oz) 7.00
Mixed Pickle    4.00

Desserts

Unset

Shahi Dawat carrot pudding on saffron crisp bread, topped with raspberry and rabri.   6.00
Mango Kulfi mango flavored indian ice cream.   6.00
Narangi Kheer orange flavored rice pudding.   5.00
Rasmalai cottage cheese dumpling   5.00
Gulab Jamun honey dumpling.   5.00

Beverages

Unset

Canned Soda soda choice: coke, diet coke, sprite, ginger ale.   2.00
Lemonade    3.00
Ice Tea    2.00
San Pellegrino Sparkling Water    5.00
Lassi yogurt drink. flavors: mango, sweet , salted, rose.   4.00

 

Beer List

Taj Mahal    10.00
Kingfisher    7.00
Buckler non-alcoholic   6.00
Bass    7.00
Corona    7.00
Heineken    7.00
Stella Artois    7.00
Amstel Light    7.00
Fosters    9.00
Guinness    8.00
Pilsner Urquell    8.00

Cocktails

Double Standard Sour dorothy parker gin, buffalo trace bourbon, fresh lemon juice, sugar, homemade grenadine, garnished with an orange slice and a cherry   11.00
Newton’s Apple knob creek bourbon, thatcher’s elderflower liqueur, fresh fuji apple juice, fresh lime juice, garnished with a lime wheel and a fresh sprig of mint   11.00
The Mezzanine sauza hornitos blanco tequila, fresh lemon juice, combier orange liquer, apricot preserves, dash of orange bitters   10.00
Lonesome Hero buffalo trace bourbon, becherovka, combier cherry liqueur, orange bitters, garnish with a fresh ginger   10.00
Frontstage Mojito cruzan single barrel rum, fresh lime juice, simple syrup, fresh mint leaves, dash of angostura bitters, topped with mionetto prosecco   10.00
700 Songs Gimlet perry’s tot - navy strength gin, fresh lime juice, simple syrup, cinnamon syrup   9.00
Oh My dorothy parker - american gin, carpano antica formula vermouth, fresh grapefruit juice, bitterman’s amer sauvage, garnished with an orange twist   9.00
Varanasi herradura tequila, roasted pineapple, housemade orange liqueur and chili laced grenadine   10.00
Benares Martini gin, lillet, grapefruit and orange peels soaked in housemade bitters   11.00

Wine By The Glass

Sparkling

Prosecco, Mionetto intense fruity bouquet with a hint of golden apples. very dry, fresh, light in body and well-balanced.  (187ml) 10.00

White

Pinot Grigio, Santa Cristina, Italy intense aromas of yellow fruit and white flowers, soft finish will recall the fruit on the nose.   10.00
Gruner Veltliner, Darcie Kent, California fresh lime and peaches on the nose with a hint of white fruits, full bodied and a crisp finish.   10.00
Riesling, Chateau Ste Michelle, Washington luscious fruit on the nose, crisp acidity with a medium-dry refreshing finish.   10.00
Sauvignon Blanc, Kim Crawford, New Zealand citrus and tropical fruit on the nose, flavors of pineapple and passion fruit with a fresh and zesty finish.   11.00
Chardonnay, Kendall Jackson Avant, California fresh green apple, meyer lemon, and wildflowers with balanced acidity and long pure fruit finish.   11.00

Red

Pinot Noir, Handcraft, California aromas of cherry, vanilla, and strawberry followed by supple smooth tannins and medium body for a smooth balanced finish.   10.00
Cotes Du Rhone Rouge, Vidal Fleury, France aromas of strawberry, chocolate, and violet lead to rich dark fruits, cherry, and pepper with a lingering finish.   10.00
Merlot, Santa Ema Reserve, Chile aromas of plum and dark berries, chocolate and cassis, soft and ripe tannins lead to smooth finish.   11.00
Cabernet Sauvignon, Estancia, California aromas of dark cherries, chocolate, and currant followed by jammy dark fruit flavors and soft velvety tannins with a long and rich finish.   11.00
Malbec, Broquel, Argentina aromas of black fruit jam and liquor and a touch of smoke, vanilla, and chocolate followed by sweet full-bodied tannins with a long and pleasant finish.   11.00

House Wines $8

House Red And White Wine

 

Benares
240 W 56th St
Btwn Broadway & 8th Ave
(212) 397-0707
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