45 Murray St.
(bet. W. Broadway and Church)
More fancy than casual

Less fancy than Tamarind, Benares is a long, narrow room done up with a soothing mix of dark neutrals and bright pops of color; nothing about it says “Indian restaurant.” The booths along one side might be preferable to the tables in the middle of the room, arranged along a curved banquette. The prices are very reasonable, especially for the lunch prix fixe. Service is enthusiastic. For more, see Suzanne’s report in the comments. Note: It has become popular for delivery.

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