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Now Open: Drunken Munkey NYC

Cocktails and Indian food; both have wide fan bases. Why choose between them? Introducing Drunken Munkey NYC (nope, that’s not a typo) — the craft cocktail bar with a full Indian kitchen that you never knew you needed.


Drunken Munkey

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The Story: Uncle-and-nephew team Arun and Raju Mirchandani have a wealth of industry experience — both working at Bar and Books (which Raju owns), with Arun later developing the beverage program at the New York Helmsley Hotel. Drunken Munkey is their joint venture, an Upper East Side bar and restaurant based off British-influenced colonial Indian culture.

The Look: Drunken Munkey’s colonial-era theme is evident throughout, with French doors and mirrored walls accented by distinct design touches: cricket-ball door handles, elephant coat hooks, vintage toy trains. The staff are fully outfitted as well, in Indian-made Nehru jackets and Rajasthani turbans.

The Drinks: The “East Indian Beverage Selection” includes favorites like the Singapore Sling and Pimm’s Cup, as well as lesser-known classics such as the East India Cocktail (Cognac, Combier, pineapple syrup, Luxardo and Peychaud’s bitters) and the Army & Navy (Bulldog London dry gin, fresh lemon juice, orgeat). Also look for Indian beers and the “Paanch of the Month” (that’d be punch).

The Food: The Anglo-Indian cuisine reflects on how British and Indian culinary traditions fused during the colonial period. Try Railway chicken curry or the Anglo-Indian beef and vegetable stew, served with ghee rice, raita and naan.

Drunken Munkey
338 E. 92nd St.

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