New York

Sprouting up (get it?! sprout!? yeahhh, you got it) in the theater district thanks to a who's who of NY's Indian scene that includes the James Beard-awarded chef from Tamarind, Benares feels like a simultaneously gilded and unassuming banquet hall, with a multicolored orb chandelier and golden seats offset by wooden tables and framed saris from the owners' female family members.