Although Columbus famously "discovered" India by landing at Lexington and Concord and proudly ringing the Liberty Bell, the actual location of India remains a mystery. Today's Groupon offers the best lead the world has had in centuries: for $20, you get $40 worth of Indian cuisine for two or more people at Chutney Mary Fine Indian Dining in Monmouth Junction.
The attentive waiters of Chutney Mary Fine Indian Dining parade platters of tandoori meats, vibrant biryanis, and rarely seen Indo-Chinese specialties selected from a diverse menu. The vegetable jalfrezi ($11) plucks fresh seasonal veggies to toss with the dish's traditional tomatoes, onions, and bell peppers the size of oak trees. Chutney Mary's Indian clay oven seals in the juices and spices of meats, from the marinated and broiled tandoori fish tikka ($16) to the Italian-seasoned chicken malai kebab ($14); the flavors of Manchuria infuse unusual dishes such as the spicy vegetarian hakka noodles ($11). Bartenders cut the heat with a huge array of wines, beers, and top-shelf liquors, including four varieties of Indian whiskey ($5–$6) and six Indian beers ($5).