The Drunken Munkey

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338 East 92nd St. (Tel.: 646-998-4600) De­light­ful bistro serv­ing de­li­cious In­dian fare based on in­ter­pre­ta­tions of authen­tic recipes from the Bri­tish Raj, In­dian aris­toc­racy and lo­cal vil­lage spe­cial­ties of the 1910s to the 1940s. Chan­de­liers with red-coated mon­keys sur­round the dark-wood bar and can­dlelit ta­bles. Be­gin with aloo-tikki, a crisp potato pan­cake stuffed with spinach and spices; or the spicy dahi puri, a puff pas­try of potato and chick­pea topped with yo­gurt. Biryani, the royal rice made with lamb, is rich, juicy and spice-filled. Two sig­na­ture dishes are but­ter chicken tikka masala, cooked tan­doori-style and served in a creamy tomato sauce; and masala Bom­bay lamb chops, which are mar­i­nated in five spices and served with tamarind-mango chut­ney. Fin­ish the meal with sin­fully de­li­cious tof­fee pud­ding.

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