Graffiti Bistro & Bakery

★★★★★
  • 224 E 10th St 1

    New York, NY 10003

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  • 212-677-0695

About Graffiti Bistro & Bakery

Hours
Mon. CLOSED;Tue., Sun. 5am - 11:45pm;Wed. - Sat. 5:30am - 10:30pm

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Super tiny place. Be ready to be squeezed and pushed.

The mango paneer is A-okay.
Zucchini hummus pizza is made with fluffy Indian fried bread with interesting crunchy fried peas and layers of sliced cucumber and hummus.

3
★★★★★

Super tiny place. Be ready to be squeezed and pushed.

The mango paneer is A-okay.
Zucchini hummus pizza is made with fluffy Indian fried bread with interesting crunchy fried peas and layers of sliced cucumber and hummus.

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The flavor combination used to spice up common everyday foods is just awesome. This place had the best burger in town, and it's not your run-of-the-mill kind either. You'll be tempted to try everything, as the sizes are a tad larger than your traditional Spanish tapas places. It's not truly Indian food, per se, but many dishes utilize Indian spices and ingredients for sure. The only drawback is the space itself, which is quite tiny, and extremely cramped. If you're very tall (either way!), you're not going to have a comfortable meal. But suck it up, the food more than makes up for it!

2
★★★★★

The flavor combination used to spice up common everyday foods is just awesome. This place had the best burger in town, and it's not your run-of-the-mill kind either. You'll be tempted to try everything, as the sizes are a tad larger than your traditional Spanish tapas places. It's not truly Indian food, per se, but many dishes utilize Indian spices and ingredients for sure. The only drawback is the space itself, which is quite tiny, and extremely cramped. If you're very tall (either way!), you're not going to have a comfortable meal. But suck it up, the food more than makes up for it!

Pros: Uniquely tasty food, good selection

Cons: Extremely cramped space

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Thanks to Eatery Expert, we were sent to another AMAZING restaurant. To top it off, I'm a huge fan of the Food Network shows and I had NO idea that Chef Mehta (almost winner of the Next Iron Chef) owns and operates Graffiti. From start to finish - this was a dining experience worthy of foodies anywhere. The space was small, but that didn't really bother me because the food made you feel like you were dining like royalty. Thanks EE!

2
★★★★★

Thanks to Eatery Expert, we were sent to another AMAZING restaurant. To top it off, I'm a huge fan of the Food Network shows and I had NO idea that Chef Mehta (almost winner of the Next Iron Chef) owns and operates Graffiti. From start to finish - this was a dining experience worthy of foodies anywhere. The space was small, but that didn't really bother me because the food made you feel like you were dining like royalty. Thanks EE!

Pros: a dining experience!

Cons: small, but worth it!

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It was a spontaneous decision to visit Graffiti in East Village. We were in the neighborhood and had not made any bookings so we decided to take our chances with this small but cozy place. The restaurant was bustling with people and we had to wait a good 20 mins before we were led to those darling little tables. Since we were a party of 4 we got the corner table. One look at the interiors and I knew that the owner had an impeccable taste and had hired the right designer to get the job done. I was surprised to know that Chef Mehta, who is also the owner, had designed the whole place himself! We asked the staff to pass on our compliments to him. We settled quickly to realize that the place has some really good wine. The portions served are just right and I enjoyed it because I hate to eat a heavy dinner. I ordered for a Watermelon Feta Salad, Mint Sorbet. The watermelon and mint sorbet gave it a cool feel and the feta brought in the saltiness. The staff did tell me that they add something for tartness but by the time they reached that part of the description I had started digging into it. The food looked and tasted heavenly! Chef Mehta has given a thought to every aspect of the ??Graffiti experience?. I missed out on tasting the Graffiti Burgers, which I read later are the specialty, so I will be back at Graffiti pretty soon. Though I will make sure to book a table this time since I know that Chef Mehta is celebrity chef now! I saw him cook on the Next Iron Chef on Food Network the other day. I would love to meet him! Hope I bump into him when I go there the next time.

2
★★★★☆

It was a spontaneous decision to visit Graffiti in East Village. We were in the neighborhood and had not made any bookings so we decided to take our chances with this small but cozy place. The restaurant was bustling with people and we had to wait a good 20 mins before we were led to those darling little tables. Since we were a party of 4 we got the corner table. One look at the interiors and I knew that the owner had an impeccable taste and had hired the right designer to get the job done. I was surprised to know that Chef Mehta, who is also the owner, had designed the whole place himself! We asked the staff to pass on our compliments to him. We settled quickly to realize that the place has some really good wine. The portions served are just right and I enjoyed it because I hate to eat a heavy dinner. I ordered for a Watermelon Feta Salad, Mint Sorbet. The watermelon and mint sorbet gave it a cool feel and the feta brought in the saltiness. The staff did tell me that they add something for tartness but by the time they reached that part of the description I had started digging into it. The food looked and tasted heavenly! Chef Mehta has given a thought to every aspect of the ??Graffiti experience?. I missed out on tasting the Graffiti Burgers, which I read later are the specialty, so I will be back at Graffiti pretty soon. Though I will make sure to book a table this time since I know that Chef Mehta is celebrity chef now! I saw him cook on the Next Iron Chef on Food Network the other day. I would love to meet him! Hope I bump into him when I go there the next time.

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Since a lot of you have thrown light on the restaurant??s interior and lack of space I am compelled to bring to your attention the uniquely, delicious food served there. In my life I follow one principle ??Never eat an insignificant meal? and places like Graffiti make it possible for me to stick to it. I read the reviews and decided to go and visit the place. This was a year back and I have been hooked since then. The pork dumpling with the tomato-chilly sauce, the grapefruit confit and fried chickpea flour just leaves you wanting more. Not to mention the much praised braised pork buns and crab noodle rolls which I recommend very highly to all first timers. The whole restaurant and the food served are in such harmony that the place exudes warmth which, according to me, I find lacking in a lot of places. I feel his principle of ??less is more? reflects in all the preparations. The portions are just right and stress is given on the flavors, taste and preparations.

Whenever I see Chef Mehta cooking on The Next Iron Chef I cannot help wondering if he is going to put this preparation on the menu. I just hope he does because he can count on me to come and taste it.

Whenever I see Chef Mehta cooking on The Next Iron Chef I cannot help wondering if he is going to put this preparation on the menu. I just hope he does because he can count on me to come and taste it.

2
★★★★★

Since a lot of you have thrown light on the restaurant??s interior and lack of space I am compelled to bring to your attention the uniquely, delicious food served there. In my life I follow one principle ??Never eat an insignificant meal? and places like Graffiti make it possible for me to stick to it. I read the reviews and decided to go and visit the place. This was a year back and I have been hooked since then. The pork dumpling with the tomato-chilly sauce, the grapefruit confit and fried chickpea flour just leaves you wanting more. Not to mention the much praised braised pork buns and crab noodle rolls which I recommend very highly to all first timers. The whole restaurant and the food served are in such harmony that the place exudes warmth which, according to me, I find lacking in a lot of places. I feel his principle of ??less is more? reflects in all the preparations. The portions are just right and stress is given on the flavors, taste and preparations.

Whenever I see Chef Mehta cooking on The Next Iron Chef I cannot help wondering if he is going to put this preparation on the menu. I just hope he does because he can count on me to come and taste it.

Whenever I see Chef Mehta cooking on The Next Iron Chef I cannot help wondering if he is going to put this preparation on the menu. I just hope he does because he can count on me to come and taste it.

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I just saw the third episode of the Next Iron Chef and I felt that I had to write a review about Graffiti and the experience I had there. Every time I watch Chef Jehangir Mehta on the Next Iron Chef I remind myself to write a review but something always comes up. Anyway, here I am?
It??s a great place. Probably not good enough for crotchety old men and snobs (owing to its size) but then what place is? If they gave it a chance and tasted the food I??m quite sure even they would mellow down.
The food at Graffiti is deliciously different. It??s no wonder considering Chef Jehangir Mehta??s penchant for pushing the envelope as evident by his performance on the show (offering Jeffery Steingarten ??take out?? calls for some serious guts). I really hope he expands his menu to include some of the new things he??s coming up with on the show.

2
★★★★☆

I just saw the third episode of the Next Iron Chef and I felt that I had to write a review about Graffiti and the experience I had there. Every time I watch Chef Jehangir Mehta on the Next Iron Chef I remind myself to write a review but something always comes up. Anyway, here I am?
It??s a great place. Probably not good enough for crotchety old men and snobs (owing to its size) but then what place is? If they gave it a chance and tasted the food I??m quite sure even they would mellow down.
The food at Graffiti is deliciously different. It??s no wonder considering Chef Jehangir Mehta??s penchant for pushing the envelope as evident by his performance on the show (offering Jeffery Steingarten ??take out?? calls for some serious guts). I really hope he expands his menu to include some of the new things he??s coming up with on the show.

Pros: Great atmosphere, amazing food

Cons: Slightly crowded if you are not used to NY space

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My wife and I have been here twice over the last year and it is consistently awesome. Besides the delicious food, the cozy confines are balanced by an excellent staff that not only guides your selections but goes to extended effort to make sure that your meal and experience are perfect.

2
★★★★★

My wife and I have been here twice over the last year and it is consistently awesome. Besides the delicious food, the cozy confines are balanced by an excellent staff that not only guides your selections but goes to extended effort to make sure that your meal and experience are perfect.

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I have rarely gone to a restaurant I loved and hated to tell someone about it and this is such an instance. If you haven't read any of the other reviews, the place is indeed small and make no mistake you will be cramped. Consider yourself informed. That being said, I want to assume whoever is reading this has an open mind and will not be dissuaded by personal space issues. This is about the delicious dishes you'll be served. My girlfriend and I ordered 5 items from the menu and they were all flavorful. I ordered all vegetarian and she the meat variety. She loved what she sampled from mine and assured me hers were equally delectable. The hosts were very cordial, attentive, and explained the purpose of the ingredients used in each dish. Honestly, if I were a real reviewer, I would have paid attention to what was said, as I find that preparation and execution are separate entities. Even so, the dishes came out great anyway.
And that's the rub. I have to tell the miserable public about such a great restaurant. But keeping it all to myself is a disservice to Graffiti. Thank you for a fantastic experience!

2
★★★★★

I have rarely gone to a restaurant I loved and hated to tell someone about it and this is such an instance. If you haven't read any of the other reviews, the place is indeed small and make no mistake you will be cramped. Consider yourself informed. That being said, I want to assume whoever is reading this has an open mind and will not be dissuaded by personal space issues. This is about the delicious dishes you'll be served. My girlfriend and I ordered 5 items from the menu and they were all flavorful. I ordered all vegetarian and she the meat variety. She loved what she sampled from mine and assured me hers were equally delectable. The hosts were very cordial, attentive, and explained the purpose of the ingredients used in each dish. Honestly, if I were a real reviewer, I would have paid attention to what was said, as I find that preparation and execution are separate entities. Even so, the dishes came out great anyway.
And that's the rub. I have to tell the miserable public about such a great restaurant. But keeping it all to myself is a disservice to Graffiti. Thank you for a fantastic experience!

Pros: Great food, friendly hosts, attentive service

Cons: Far from spacious, but you know this already

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I'm heading to Graffiti pretty much as soon as work as over so I can replace my after work cocktail with this delicious Chocolate Steamed Bun I saw Chef Jehangir make on Behind the Burner. I don't even care if the quarters are cramped, food will eventually lead to comfort and from what I hear the rest of the menu is spectacular.

2
★★★★☆

I'm heading to Graffiti pretty much as soon as work as over so I can replace my after work cocktail with this delicious Chocolate Steamed Bun I saw Chef Jehangir make on Behind the Burner. I don't even care if the quarters are cramped, food will eventually lead to comfort and from what I hear the rest of the menu is spectacular.

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Strongly recommended. The food is absolutely delicious, the wine pairings very good at a great price, and the wait staff extremely sweet and knowledgale about the food. She recommend wines, explained why she recommended them, and detailed what to expect from every plate we ordered. Absolutely everything we had was very tasty, and I think we sampled almost everything from the menu. The pork buns and scallops were probably my favs. The cheese plate is very small but very good.

The cons are that the place is super tiny, and they offer communal dining. We were a paty of 5 and the table sat 7 or 8, so we were informed that more people might sit with us. That would normally be fine except that as it was were almost sitting on top of each other. Also just note that the servings are small, so it's really only sharable for a couple or 3 people max.

Great date spot, night out with a friend. A little challenging for groups. Overall delicious food (including the desserts) and incredible service.

2
★★★★☆

Strongly recommended. The food is absolutely delicious, the wine pairings very good at a great price, and the wait staff extremely sweet and knowledgale about the food. She recommend wines, explained why she recommended them, and detailed what to expect from every plate we ordered. Absolutely everything we had was very tasty, and I think we sampled almost everything from the menu. The pork buns and scallops were probably my favs. The cheese plate is very small but very good.

The cons are that the place is super tiny, and they offer communal dining. We were a paty of 5 and the table sat 7 or 8, so we were informed that more people might sit with us. That would normally be fine except that as it was were almost sitting on top of each other. Also just note that the servings are small, so it's really only sharable for a couple or 3 people max.

Great date spot, night out with a friend. A little challenging for groups. Overall delicious food (including the desserts) and incredible service.

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I look for any excuse to eat here. Great to take out of town guests. The chef is so creative with his dishes and very friendly and loves to explain his dishes and chat about them. The other staff members are just as helpful and friendly. The food is always amazing and I always look forward to the menu changes or additions.

2
★★★★★

I look for any excuse to eat here. Great to take out of town guests. The chef is so creative with his dishes and very friendly and loves to explain his dishes and chat about them. The other staff members are just as helpful and friendly. The food is always amazing and I always look forward to the menu changes or additions.

Pros: everything

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Graffiti is not a restaurant for people expecting the same old dining experience. Rather it is a full experience for those seeking an adventure. My wife and I were honeymooning in New York and looking for a nice dinner away from the ordinary. After stumbling upon a review on this site, we made our reservations.
Upon arrival the restaurant appeared small, yet the size added to the atmosphere of this quaint establishment. The dishes are small, meant to be shared by several, thus creating a full community dinner. The food was unusual to say the least and as interesting as food can be to say the most. The dumplings were full of sweet and spicy tang. The watermelon feta salad is definitely one of the most interesting things I've ever put into my mouth, but does not disappoint. Overall, this restaurant has a great atmosphere and terriffic food all delivered with the most friendly service anyone could offer. If you are looking for a dinner that you would never imagine, this is the place.

2
★★★★★

Graffiti is not a restaurant for people expecting the same old dining experience. Rather it is a full experience for those seeking an adventure. My wife and I were honeymooning in New York and looking for a nice dinner away from the ordinary. After stumbling upon a review on this site, we made our reservations.
Upon arrival the restaurant appeared small, yet the size added to the atmosphere of this quaint establishment. The dishes are small, meant to be shared by several, thus creating a full community dinner. The food was unusual to say the least and as interesting as food can be to say the most. The dumplings were full of sweet and spicy tang. The watermelon feta salad is definitely one of the most interesting things I've ever put into my mouth, but does not disappoint. Overall, this restaurant has a great atmosphere and terriffic food all delivered with the most friendly service anyone could offer. If you are looking for a dinner that you would never imagine, this is the place.

Pros: Service, food, atmosphere

Cons: Distance from subway, small so make reservations

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Such a small cozy place, with a delicious and welcoming menu to match. The service from the time I made the reservation to the time we paid the bill was nothing but stellar. The owner gave us complete descriptions of everything we ordered and we wound up ordering plate after plate! Great wine selection too!

Small dishes are great for sharing, but the tables...not so much. I went with my parents and was a little apprehensive about having to explain to them we may have to share a (very small) table with strangers. Fortunately we didn't have to. BUT if you go with 4 people, you can claim your own table.

2
★★★★☆

Such a small cozy place, with a delicious and welcoming menu to match. The service from the time I made the reservation to the time we paid the bill was nothing but stellar. The owner gave us complete descriptions of everything we ordered and we wound up ordering plate after plate! Great wine selection too!

Small dishes are great for sharing, but the tables...not so much. I went with my parents and was a little apprehensive about having to explain to them we may have to share a (very small) table with strangers. Fortunately we didn't have to. BUT if you go with 4 people, you can claim your own table.

Pros: Everything: food, wine, location, service

Cons: VERY communal seating

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The chef/owner is amazing, incredible and one of the sweetest people ever. He personally recommended wine and brought all of the dishes to the table and explained their origins and preparation. The dishes were creative, beautiful, and most importantly so tasty. Our favorites were the green mango paneer and the pork bun. It is VERY small so if you are claustrophobic it might not be right for you but it has a young hip crowd and I enjoyed myself thoroughly. It was better than some of the over-hyped tapas restaurants I have been to. GO GO GO!

2
★★★★★

The chef/owner is amazing, incredible and one of the sweetest people ever. He personally recommended wine and brought all of the dishes to the table and explained their origins and preparation. The dishes were creative, beautiful, and most importantly so tasty. Our favorites were the green mango paneer and the pork bun. It is VERY small so if you are claustrophobic it might not be right for you but it has a young hip crowd and I enjoyed myself thoroughly. It was better than some of the over-hyped tapas restaurants I have been to. GO GO GO!

Pros: Amazing food, lovely service, cool decor

Cons: Small

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There is really no other restaurant quite like Graffiti. There is no question that it is small, but those who complain about this are, to some degree, missing the point. In a large, overwhelming city, Graffiti is like a cozy oasis from all of the chaos outside. There is a difference between cramped and intimate, and given the small space the restaurant does a good job tending toward the latter. And the service really can't be beat: chef Mehta himself brings most of the food to each table, describing in detail each component of the plate. Moreover, dishes are typically served one or two at a time so that you can share everything and enjoy a long meal. The food is adventurous and quite unique (I'd never had an anchovy tamarind and seaweed pizza before). For me the small dishes are the real highlights, and I'd recommend the green mango paneer, the cheese flat bread, the chili pork dumplings, and the pickled ginger scallops. And if you're feeling a little cramped, have a glass of wine -- which is always eight dollars, no matter what bottle it comes from -- and forget about it.

2
★★★★★

There is really no other restaurant quite like Graffiti. There is no question that it is small, but those who complain about this are, to some degree, missing the point. In a large, overwhelming city, Graffiti is like a cozy oasis from all of the chaos outside. There is a difference between cramped and intimate, and given the small space the restaurant does a good job tending toward the latter. And the service really can't be beat: chef Mehta himself brings most of the food to each table, describing in detail each component of the plate. Moreover, dishes are typically served one or two at a time so that you can share everything and enjoy a long meal. The food is adventurous and quite unique (I'd never had an anchovy tamarind and seaweed pizza before). For me the small dishes are the real highlights, and I'd recommend the green mango paneer, the cheese flat bread, the chili pork dumplings, and the pickled ginger scallops. And if you're feeling a little cramped, have a glass of wine -- which is always eight dollars, no matter what bottle it comes from -- and forget about it.

Pros: very unique cuisine and high level of service

Cons: do not go if you are looking for a quiet, private dinner

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Inspired by good reviews, my wife and I went there for a nice anniversary dinner, but obviously they value getting as many people into the cramped space more than the comfort of their customers. This is not an exaggeration when I say that when they showed us to our "table" it turned out to be a small bench with two small stools set up on one side of it, not two inches from the open kitchen door. A bench not wide enough for a plate, nor long enough for a plate and two glasses. With the other tables in the restaurant set up high with tall chairs, we were too aware of the fact that we had been sat at the kiddies table. A table which was an after thought once they garnered good reviews. To add insult to injury, our polite request for a better table, which we offered to wait for, was met with an offer to get our coats for us. No food is worth putting up with such service or discomfort. We will not be going back.

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★☆☆☆☆

Inspired by good reviews, my wife and I went there for a nice anniversary dinner, but obviously they value getting as many people into the cramped space more than the comfort of their customers. This is not an exaggeration when I say that when they showed us to our "table" it turned out to be a small bench with two small stools set up on one side of it, not two inches from the open kitchen door. A bench not wide enough for a plate, nor long enough for a plate and two glasses. With the other tables in the restaurant set up high with tall chairs, we were too aware of the fact that we had been sat at the kiddies table. A table which was an after thought once they garnered good reviews. To add insult to injury, our polite request for a better table, which we offered to wait for, was met with an offer to get our coats for us. No food is worth putting up with such service or discomfort. We will not be going back.

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I have been to a good amount of restaurants in this city and i have to say that graffiti blew me away. Everything from the tiny space to the excellent service i couldnt have had a better night. Went to Graffiti with 4 other girls for a night out and we were all treated so well and seated right away. The server and owner were there to help and converse with you..not to mention serve you some of the best wine ive had. The food was out of this world and very different. Not only was the wait staff friendly but they really wanted to you to have a good grasp on why they paired what they did on your plate so you get a full understanding for what you are eating and the flavors you will taste. I would highly recommend this place not only for the good food but also how impressive it is that there are 2 people in this tiny kitchen which you can walk past on your way to the restroom whipping up some fantastic food..cant forget to mention dessert was wonderful too. You must check this place out.

2
★★★★★

I have been to a good amount of restaurants in this city and i have to say that graffiti blew me away. Everything from the tiny space to the excellent service i couldnt have had a better night. Went to Graffiti with 4 other girls for a night out and we were all treated so well and seated right away. The server and owner were there to help and converse with you..not to mention serve you some of the best wine ive had. The food was out of this world and very different. Not only was the wait staff friendly but they really wanted to you to have a good grasp on why they paired what they did on your plate so you get a full understanding for what you are eating and the flavors you will taste. I would highly recommend this place not only for the good food but also how impressive it is that there are 2 people in this tiny kitchen which you can walk past on your way to the restroom whipping up some fantastic food..cant forget to mention dessert was wonderful too. You must check this place out.

Pros: ambience, service, food food food

Cons: its a tight space but oh so cozy and comfortable.

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I stopped by Graffiti last weekend with a couple of colleagues for an early Sunday dinner. We walked in at an awkward moment - right as a large party was going through speeches - but we were sat at a table near the window right away. Having no idea what the cuisine or theme of the place was, we had lots of questions and our waiter was there to answer them all! As we were eating, another group was seated at our table, but it really didn't pose any disturbance on us. If anything, I enjoyed the fact that I was able to see the dishes they had ordered. As for the food, it was one of those meals that won't be remembered as the most filling, but one of the most memorable! Hot, cold, spicy, mild and much more are thoughts that go through your head. The mix of flavors is fascinating and delicious! Definitely not a place for the unadventurous eater. I highly recommend this place and advise those who want to have a food experience - but be sure to leave your picky eating friends at home. Perhaps not the best place for a first date or intimate dinner though...

2
★★★★★

I stopped by Graffiti last weekend with a couple of colleagues for an early Sunday dinner. We walked in at an awkward moment - right as a large party was going through speeches - but we were sat at a table near the window right away. Having no idea what the cuisine or theme of the place was, we had lots of questions and our waiter was there to answer them all! As we were eating, another group was seated at our table, but it really didn't pose any disturbance on us. If anything, I enjoyed the fact that I was able to see the dishes they had ordered. As for the food, it was one of those meals that won't be remembered as the most filling, but one of the most memorable! Hot, cold, spicy, mild and much more are thoughts that go through your head. The mix of flavors is fascinating and delicious! Definitely not a place for the unadventurous eater. I highly recommend this place and advise those who want to have a food experience - but be sure to leave your picky eating friends at home. Perhaps not the best place for a first date or intimate dinner though...

Pros: an eating experience

Cons: far from where i live!

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Let me first say I have never written a restaurant review. But I had to at least say something about this place. I have never before had a nicer, tastier eating experience. The pairings of flavors was incredible, and after trying almost the entire menu in a decadent 2 hour, 3 bottles of wine sitting, I speak from experience. It is a bit weird sharing the table with a different couple, but the owner said that the only way he could make ends meet in such a small space was to keep literally ever seat full. I can't disagree with him for that as I want to make sure this place stays open.

2
★★★★★

Let me first say I have never written a restaurant review. But I had to at least say something about this place. I have never before had a nicer, tastier eating experience. The pairings of flavors was incredible, and after trying almost the entire menu in a decadent 2 hour, 3 bottles of wine sitting, I speak from experience. It is a bit weird sharing the table with a different couple, but the owner said that the only way he could make ends meet in such a small space was to keep literally ever seat full. I can't disagree with him for that as I want to make sure this place stays open.

Pros: Great food, incredibly nice service

Cons: Having to eat with other people

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This place was absolutely adorable! Food was fantastic and the service was awesome. It's very small and very homey. I only have one complaint, but it's a big one. I had a reservation for 2. There are only 4 tables, 2 were empty, and they sat us with another couple that was already there at a four top! I'm assuming it's because the place is so small. I don't know if this has ever happend to anyone else but we thought it was quite strange, as did the couple who they sat us with.

My date asked if we could be moved to one of the empty tables, which we were but they gave us a whole story about how someone might be joining us later on anyway. HUGE lack of privacy. I loved the experience but there was another couple that sat with us just as we were finishing up. I made this reservation with plans to have a very intimate dinner alone with my date and this concept of sharing a table with strangers kind of ruined that for me. It's a bit of a shame because everything else was PERFECT! Just note: don't expect a private table unless you are with 3-4 people.

2
★★★★☆

This place was absolutely adorable! Food was fantastic and the service was awesome. It's very small and very homey. I only have one complaint, but it's a big one. I had a reservation for 2. There are only 4 tables, 2 were empty, and they sat us with another couple that was already there at a four top! I'm assuming it's because the place is so small. I don't know if this has ever happend to anyone else but we thought it was quite strange, as did the couple who they sat us with.

My date asked if we could be moved to one of the empty tables, which we were but they gave us a whole story about how someone might be joining us later on anyway. HUGE lack of privacy. I loved the experience but there was another couple that sat with us just as we were finishing up. I made this reservation with plans to have a very intimate dinner alone with my date and this concept of sharing a table with strangers kind of ruined that for me. It's a bit of a shame because everything else was PERFECT! Just note: don't expect a private table unless you are with 3-4 people.

Pros: EVERYTHING! except for....

Cons: Lack of privacy!

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Best new culinary experience the East Village has served up in years! The quarters are tight, but you will be impressed with the amazing use of space...you never feel like you are sitting on top of your neighbor. The food is delightful...the pork buns are spiced perfectly and the crab rolls are amazing! No corner has been cut in presenting the perfect meal. Chef Jehangir Mehta's table side manner is impeccable, carefully explaining the experience to be encountered with every dish as it emerges from the kitchen. Chef Mehta has nailed it! I called ahead for a reservation and would advise doing the same. When we arrived at our reservation time, the table was set and ready for us (a rarity in this city these days).

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★★★★★

Best new culinary experience the East Village has served up in years! The quarters are tight, but you will be impressed with the amazing use of space...you never feel like you are sitting on top of your neighbor. The food is delightful...the pork buns are spiced perfectly and the crab rolls are amazing! No corner has been cut in presenting the perfect meal. Chef Jehangir Mehta's table side manner is impeccable, carefully explaining the experience to be encountered with every dish as it emerges from the kitchen. Chef Mehta has nailed it! I called ahead for a reservation and would advise doing the same. When we arrived at our reservation time, the table was set and ready for us (a rarity in this city these days).

Pros: great food, unique flavors, brilliant explanation of the dishes, great use of space

Cons: small space

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I have to say that I disagree with the previous reviewer's take on that disastrous evening. I was at the next table to them when the shelf collapsed and it was indeed an awful thing that happened. Our table agreed that we thought the building was collapsing the sound was so loud and violent. But the staff at Graffiti was on it, cleaning up the mess and the poor girl whose outfit had been ruined by red wine pouring down her back along with bits of glass on her. We offered to help the girl who was injured but she insisted she fine. The owner offered that she go across the street and buy a new outfit and pay for it. She did and returned with her friend and a new outfit. The owner offered them a table for two instead of the table for four that they were at when the shelf collapsed. The owner also offered them a bottle of champagne (and our table as well). While a glass of champagne can only numb the pain on her neck where the bottle landed, the restaurant exhausted their efforts to make sure she was okay. We then chatted with them about the incident and the girl still insisted she was fine and not to make a fuss about it. I am not disillusioned by the fact that it was a very bad accident that happened and that it could have been much worse, but I can't stand by when I witnessed the staff do everything they possibly could and have this girl's friend return a month later and passive-aggressively trash the place!

On that note, I can honestly say I had one of the most innovative and delicious meals I have had in a long time in the now exceedingly homogeneous East Village. I had the Pork Dumplings and the Scallops which were so creative and so good I crave them still. The Pork Bun was a little dull and left me desiring something not so common as I can find 20 blocks south. And my dessert of Figs with Black Pepper Ice Cream was something I felt I would get at a restaurant the caliber of four or five stars. An incredible night in every respect...

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★★★★☆

I have to say that I disagree with the previous reviewer's take on that disastrous evening. I was at the next table to them when the shelf collapsed and it was indeed an awful thing that happened. Our table agreed that we thought the building was collapsing the sound was so loud and violent. But the staff at Graffiti was on it, cleaning up the mess and the poor girl whose outfit had been ruined by red wine pouring down her back along with bits of glass on her. We offered to help the girl who was injured but she insisted she fine. The owner offered that she go across the street and buy a new outfit and pay for it. She did and returned with her friend and a new outfit. The owner offered them a table for two instead of the table for four that they were at when the shelf collapsed. The owner also offered them a bottle of champagne (and our table as well). While a glass of champagne can only numb the pain on her neck where the bottle landed, the restaurant exhausted their efforts to make sure she was okay. We then chatted with them about the incident and the girl still insisted she was fine and not to make a fuss about it. I am not disillusioned by the fact that it was a very bad accident that happened and that it could have been much worse, but I can't stand by when I witnessed the staff do everything they possibly could and have this girl's friend return a month later and passive-aggressively trash the place!

On that note, I can honestly say I had one of the most innovative and delicious meals I have had in a long time in the now exceedingly homogeneous East Village. I had the Pork Dumplings and the Scallops which were so creative and so good I crave them still. The Pork Bun was a little dull and left me desiring something not so common as I can find 20 blocks south. And my dessert of Figs with Black Pepper Ice Cream was something I felt I would get at a restaurant the caliber of four or five stars. An incredible night in every respect...

Pros: Unusual take on the usual Tapas

Cons: None

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This is a small East Village spot. The decor is inviting, small, but this is the East Village. The staff greeted us warmly. We waited a little bit for a table, but it was worth the wait. Cool ethnic music plays and is not overbearing so you can still have a conversation. The dishes were inventive and elegantly presented. Everything we had was very tasty. Love those pot-stickers. Oh the wine, nice organics, nice variety, $25 a bottle!!! Did I mention $25 a bottle, who can beat that, they were good tasting wines as well. The five of us had a bunch of appetizers and a few bottles of wine and we didn't have to rob a bank to pay the tab. We weren't rushed, nor did they make us feel like they wanted us out even though there were people waiting for tables. Very nicely done.

2
★★★★☆

This is a small East Village spot. The decor is inviting, small, but this is the East Village. The staff greeted us warmly. We waited a little bit for a table, but it was worth the wait. Cool ethnic music plays and is not overbearing so you can still have a conversation. The dishes were inventive and elegantly presented. Everything we had was very tasty. Love those pot-stickers. Oh the wine, nice organics, nice variety, $25 a bottle!!! Did I mention $25 a bottle, who can beat that, they were good tasting wines as well. The five of us had a bunch of appetizers and a few bottles of wine and we didn't have to rob a bank to pay the tab. We weren't rushed, nor did they make us feel like they wanted us out even though there were people waiting for tables. Very nicely done.

Pros: Wine, Service, Food

Cons: Small space

 

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