Monday, November 8, 2010

Graffiti New York



I've been excited about Graffiti since ZackD mentioned months ago. Located in East Village, it is disguised as an orange-painted dirty old front (with no actual graffiti in sight), totally hidden among chic consignment shops and small taverns. Graffiti takes intimate dining and super small spaces to another level. The food is clever, beautiful and delicious! Laurie and I had a 5:45pm rez.
GRAFFITI, 224 East 10th Street, New York, NY 10002, 212-464-7743
The entire restaurant seats 18. Expect to touch elbows and share your table with complete strangers! The kitchen is impossibly tight and the bathroom dimensions are shockingly tiny. Warned about the super cozy quarters, I had to see it to really believe that an actual restaurant could physically go full operation!
Prosecco Lychee Martini, $7.  Refreshing and slushy - incredible. We were lusting for lychee, as I just had Ronnie's shabbat lychee martini the night before :)
Watermelon Feta Salad, Mint Sorbet, $12.  Ice cold mint sorbet was magical with the watermelon, balsamic, etc. - wow.
Duck Portobello Gratinee, Mustard Onion Confit, $15.  Thick and juicy portobello, crumby topping, dense chewy duck. Interesting flavor-texture combo. DEVINE.
Grilled Scallop, Dehydrated Mungbean, Toasted Pita, Sweet Chili Sauce, $15. Crunchy mungbeans add awesome depth. Hands-down, our favorite of the night - brilliant dish!
Cumin Eggplant Buns, Thyme Fennel Relish, $15.  Fabulous flavors, rich textures like pulled pork, but is eggplant! So tasty. So simple.
Green Chili Shrimp, Mirin Daikon Moon Salsa, $15.  Our least fave. It seemed too Vietnamese but in a subtle and uncomfortable way next to the other dishes....
The creativity and high quality of the food make sense when you learn that Chef Jehangir Mehta used to be the pastry chef for Jean-Georges! Each dish had that deliciously playful wow factor typically found in high-end desserts. Graffiti goes to town on textures. Can't wait to come back to try everything else on the menu!

Before our rez, we discovered a fantastic consignment store, Tokio Seven (83 East 7th Street) down the street! I found 2 fabulous vests :)
Graffiti
(212) 464-7743
Located on 10th Street in East Village, orange awning.
224 East 10th Street
New York, NY 10002 
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