Friday, December 25, 2009


Fleurise organized a trip to Graffiti. Shrey really likes this restaurant. It is in the East Village and is run by Chef Jehangir Mehta, currently a contestant on Iron Chef. It was an interesting experience.

On the one hand, the food and drink were excellent. The Prosecco Lychee Martini was almost like a slushy and was very refreshing to drink. The Watermelon Feta Salad with Mint Sorbet was surprising and fresh. Everything else we got - the Graffiti Burger, the Chickpea Crusted Skate, Braised Pork Buns, and Duck Portobello Gratinee - was delicious and satisfying. In addition, it's neat because you see the chef himself floating around the restaurant serving food and tending the reservation books.

But on the other hand, this is the first time for me that the layout of a restaurant has seriously impacted on the overall experience. The space is extremely cramped. This translates not only into physical discomfort (no one could move their legs freely beneath the table, Amanda and I felt somewhat pinned against the wall by the table, and Eduardo got a touch of sciatica by the dinner's end), but also psychic discomfort (we shared our table with four strangers and had to constantly redirect one person who continually wanted to participate in our dinner conversation).

In the end, Graffiti may just be representative of the usual New York City dining experience, where sweat and toil sometimes have to be put into finding and experiencing good food. The beauty of New York is that the angst is usually worth it. I think in this case, the food is worth the visit.

224 East 10th Street
New York, NY 10003

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