Drunken Munkey Brings Colonial Cocktails to the UES

By Billy Lyons  |  November 22, 2013

Though the Upper East Side has plenty of English-style pubs, a recently opened cocktail bar inspired by colonial British India is most certainly the first of its kind in Manhattan (and probably bound to get a reaction). Dubbed The Drunkey Munkey NYC, it was conceived by partners Raju and Arun Mirchandani (uncle and nephew, respectively), who also run the upscale "Bar & Books" lounge chain, which includes Lexington Bar & Books in the same neighborhood, as well as international locations in Prague and Warsaw.

Designed to blend Indian and European cultures, the spot will serve drinks overseen by Richard Thomsen (who hails from Ciro's Speakeasy and Supper Club in Tampa). Look out for an East India cocktail (D’usse VSOP cognac, Combier, pineapple syrup, maraschino and Peychaud’s bitters), along with gin drinks and a 'paanch' (punch) of the month special, characterized by five different ingredients that fall under the sweet, sour, spice, fruit, and alcohol categories. A full lineup of whiskeys, rums, ports and wines will also be available. Derek Alfaro (a Fatty Crab alum) will craft the Anglo-Indian menu, which launches with a $27 four-course prix fixe (such as tandoori lamb kebabs served with mint chutney, followed by a spicy Anglo-Indian beef and vegetable stew). A la carte options are expected to debut in the coming weeks, along with a separate bar menu. As for the room itself, it shouts Rudyard Kipling, with hand-carved flying monkeys visible in chandeliers, and elephant coat hooks ready that would be suitable to hang a safari hat. It's currently open from 11 AM till 2 AM on weekdays, and until 3 AM weekends.

338 E. 92 St; 646-998-4600