Graffiti Earth at Duane Street Hotel
Food was great. Small, but nice space. Just don't understand why there were not more people there.
Everything about this experience was exceptional!!!
It is extraordinarily rare that I want to walk out of a restaurant after just the first plate (or at all), but this is an example. There are many things wrong with Graffiti Earth. The one server who was there was very pleasant and we liked him. But the menu is atrocious.
1) The menu looks inventive and exciting, but it is dull and bland.
2) It appropriates Spanish tapas only in portion size but not in price. The tapas ruse is well-known and unmistakable and especially cringe-worthy here. This is not a difficult problem to rectify. Offering zucchini on a piece of bread is not "zucchini hummus pizza" and it's certainly not worth $17. Neither is a tiny morsel of sauteed mushrooms in a Chinese bun. The list goes on (down the menu). I've been to plenty of tapas places, but this was egregious.
3) Please don't let on that you "tailor" to gluten free / celiac. Swapping out any item that contained gluten free (e.g. a garlic brioche bun, etc) for a sad piece of white gluten free toast is not "tailoring." It is thoroughly mainstream and boring.
Good luck to the staff there.
This was one of the most enjoyable dining experiences I've had. I truly appreciated the fact that the chef served each dish separately, rather than bringing everything out together. This allowed us to savor each dish to it's full extent. Chef Mehta personally came out to meet his guests and we were blown away by his humility and approachability.
Firstly, the food was excellent. When it came to the bill however, we we're left with a sour after taste.
The website advertises many of the apps as $12, however our bill had everything priced at $17 for 5 small plates (see image). After questioning the pricing, and showing the website, the waiter gave the most non-sensicle argument for the change in price. They had burnt the top part of the menu to remove an old address and conveniently removed the pricing from the apps. It seemed deceitful with intention. Please note my friends menu had a small piece of the original $12 remaining.
We have no problem paying for the food we consumed, a message I made clear to the waiter, however the pricing is not at all transparent. Had he been more dignified with the way he dealt with the situation we would have happily compromised with him, however he was rude and refused to listen to why this scenario might have been confusing for a patron and stuck by his convoluted reasoning.
Please update the website and advertise the pricing clearly on your menus to avoid confusion. The misunderstanding turned a great evening into something unnecessarily confrontational.
My friends and I had an amazing time here! The food is phenomenal and the service was excellent. It’s an amazing private experience. You feel so well catered to that you don’t want to leave.
My husband and I went to Graffiti Earth the other night and it was, hands down, one of the best meals we had in years. Everything is crafted perfectly with so many delicious flavors. Each plate is small, a perfect sharing size. And the vibe in the restaurant is cozy and intimate. I highly recommend a dinner there — you won’t be disappointed.
Food was good! Ambience is great. Service was a bit slow but we were in no hurry so it’s was fine
Great experience. Chef Mehta was our waiter during our dinning experience. Can’t beat that! Loved the yummy Indian inspired food, mix matched vintage cups and plates and yummy cocktails in beautiful crystal glasses. We felt horrible because we were originally a larger party but had several day of cancellations so we ended up being a small party. The space was a great place to catch up with friends in a pretty, quiet and intimate space. Thanks Chef Mehta!!
Chef Mehta is a charming culinary master with creative takes on his plates. A one-man-show, it is impressive to watch him operate, serving the 15 or so guests the place can accommodate. Although, the speed of service does take a hit. The plates were tasty but very small -- tapas-style fusions of vegetarian-friendly Indian and Asian flavors, and for the price there are ample venues offering better-value meals in both quantity and quality. That said, it was a unique experience, highlighted by the fact that Chef Mehta did everything alone -- from confirming the reservation via phone call to serving dessert to swiping my credit card and entertaining the child at our neighboring table. Ultimately it's a place I would definitely recommend visiting once... but maybe not more.
Delicious as per usual. The food is so interesting - nothing you've had before and completely speaks for itself without knowing that Graffiti Earth is also eco-conscious. Huge thumbs up. And the chef is the absolute model of a humble, thoughtful chef doing great work.
The Chef is wonderful and genteel and the intimate setting is perfect for a quiet dinner or for a small gathering. The food is delicious. The only caveat is the portions are tiny.
Exceptional! Every bit of it. The food was a wonderful blend of ingredients and spices that produced such wonderful flavors. The lentil ribs were to die for and the Indian Street burger is my favorite. I was disappointed they ran out of the veggie dumplings but that was the only downer of the evening. Elijah is a one man show. Taking orders and bussing and serving every table and fretting every guest. A charming young man with a winning smile- this night he confessed with pride that die to an emergency he was also the chef!!! Run- don’t walk!!
Not as good as it was. The wine list is very limited and expensive, the signature dishes are not as good as they were (pork bun, humous pizza, mini burger ….)
It remains a great restaurant and I hope it will get back to the fantastic restaurant it was.
Chef Mehta is a genius! Add that to his integrity, passion, and compassion and you have a recipe for an exquisite dining experience.
Need more vegetarian options. Also
Payment was cash and was not
Informed in the beginning.
The foods great but limited wine menu so you’re stuck with only pricy options. Also the ambience is extremely poor. It doesn’t feel like you’re at a restaurant
I never saw a smaller portion of food in my life.
The scallops were 1/4 inch each and they served 4 of them!
They also served 4 French fries with the hamburger slider. It’s unacceptable!!
I dined once at the now closed graffiti restaurant and had a great experience, so I very much looked forward to having my birthday dinner at Graffiti Earth. Sadly it turned out to be one of the most disappointing dining experiences of my life. Every single dish barely scratched mediocrity, and often not even that. Food was bland and ridiculously overpriced for the shoddy quality. The service too was spotty even though we were the only diners around, but frankly the food was so outrageously poor for a fine dining restaurant that it overshadowed everything else.
Had the waiter bothered to ask if everthing was alright I would have been candid about what I felt to be a ripoff, but he didn't so I'll have to express my dismay here.
This was an excellent find! The food was creative and flavorful. Our waiter Elijah was fantastic. Get there if you visit NYC.
Tiny place but great food and service - we really enjoyed the evening.
Amazing! Definitely will go back there again not only for the food, service and ambiance, but because we just love the sustainable food concept! What a hidden gem.
Delicious especially the caterpillar butterfly soup!
One of the best meals I have had in a long time. Amazing flavors, spices, unexpected combinations created by an inventive and inspired Chef. The whole concept is inspired.
From the first bite of the veggie dumplings, we already wanted to order more. The zuchini hummus, the scallop and mushroom pate and the kale salad were exceptional as were both the Indian "burger" and the pork "burger" we had. The only dish we didn't absolutely rave over was the squid fried rice, which is good but not exceptional.
It's a great place to go with people who are adventurous and curious diners - but probably not for the meat and potatoes crowd.
Fantastic food. Omg just amazing.
I wish Graffiti still existed, but this new incarnation is fantastic, intimate (not as tight as the old place) and fun. Big thumbs up. Food is delicious.
I was expecting better food for the hype we heard about Jehangir Khan. The dumplings were good, but the "Indian Street Burger" was an overpriced version of "Pao Bhaji" and the pork bun filling was dried out.
Portions were small. I was hungry after a full order or entree and share appetizer, and so was my friend. I ordered another item, while my friend admitted, she will just go home and eat instead of spending her money there.
An absolute must go. Eclectic, vegetable forward menu and great wines by the bottle or glass. It's tapas style with fairly small portions, so I'd recommend ordering at least 2, probably 3 dishes per person. Otherwise you'll be stopping somewhere for a pizza at midnight. As for the food itself, at least every dish we tried was unique and delicious. Chef Jehangir Mehta is a true artist, and it turns out a warm, delightful guy. He greeted and seated us personally and offered a sincere welcome. The restaurant's lone server (this has to be the smallest dining area in NYC) was also great, explaining the dishes and how they fit into Chef's vision of sustainability. FYI: the Caterpillar and Butterfly Soup isn't actually caterpillars and butterflies. And it's lovely.
Great Chef, Great food, Great place
Simply superb! Excellent food, ecclectic vibe, great service.
Excellent service, amazing food and super reasonable prices
The food was amazing. The dumplings were actually sensuous.
Every morsel was a delight.
I really enjoyed Graffiti Earth. I've been a fan of Chef Mehta since seeing him on the Iron Chef competitions, and enjoyed the old Graffiti. While some of the recipes here are reminiscent of those from the original Graffiti, there were new items as well. We had a 6 course tasting menu which had many new flavors, along with a bottle of Pinot Noir. Its been the highlight of this trip to NYC, which has included visits to Batali and Flay establishments .
Food is delicious! The pork buns may be the best I’ve ever had. Highly recommend!
Overall a disappointing experience. The food is mediocre and overpriced.
Great food & great customer service!
The food and flavors were good, but the front of the house needs work. The table was incredibly camped. The waiter was overtaxed and a bit clueless. Not ready for primetime in NYC.
The food was absolutely fantastic. The flavors were so fresh and you could taste the different layers of flavor. It is a very small intimate restaurant and it is good if you are looking for something more quiet and intimate. Not a great place for big groups.
We love chef Mehta. We have gone to one of his personal dining events. So we looked forward to returning for dinner with friends. That afternoon I️ got a reminder call from the restaurant about my 7:30 reservation. We arrived at 7:15 and were instructed to go to the lobby bar as they “prepare” our table. By about 8:15ish some free appetizers appeared. By 8:30 the “they’re paying their bill” began. At 9:30 the table was still not clear and we left. They obviously overbooked. Sort of inexcusable not being honest with us from the get go.