The Drunken Munkey
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.