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Graffiti Earth - Graffiti Earth at Duane Street Hotel, New York, NY

Graffiti Earth at Duane Street Hotel

4.4
4.4
78 Reviews
$30 and under
Fusion / Eclectic

Located in TriBeCa, with an intimate space seating 20, Graffiti Earth is the latest restaurant from celebrity Chef Jehangir Mehta, a runner-up on Food Network’s Next Iron Chef. Featuring Chef Mehta's signature eclectic style of dishes with a strong emphasis on sustainability in a more elegant downtown vibe, Graffiti Earth offers vegetable-forward dishes with flavors rooted in Chef Mehta’s Indian roots and Persian heritage.

Permanently Closed

This restaurant is permanently closed.

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Fusion / Eclectic, International, Tapas / Small Plates

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner: 5:30PM -10:30PM Tuesday- Saturday

  • Phone number

    (212) 542-9440

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Executive chef

    Jehangir Mehta

  • Catering

    All catering menus are customized to the likes and needs of the event. Prefix menus, tailored menus, family style menus, appetizers and cocktails. Also available for office catering and events, birthday parties, weddings and offsite Chefs Table.

  • Private party facilities

    Graffiti Earth and the adjoining private dining room are available for private events.

  • Private party contact

    graffitiearth@jehangirmehta.com: (917) 331-5110

  • Neighborhood

    TriBeCa - Downtown

  • Cross street

    DUANE ST

  • Parking details

    A parking lot is available 1.5 blocks from the restaurant.

  • Public transit

    1, 2, 3, A, C, D to CHAMBERS ST STATION<br />4, 5, 6, to BROOKLYN BRIDGE- CITY HALL STATION<br />R to CITY HALL

  • Additional

    Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Liquor, Cafe, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Private Room, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 78 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

4.4
4.4 based on all time ratings
  • 4.4Food
  • 4.4Service
  • 4.3Ambience
  • 3.9Value

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  1. S

    Selfie

    New York Area

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on January 25, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    This is our second visit to Graffitti Earth, and our 7th visit to Chef Mehta’s restaurants since we discovered him in 2009. We love his food and vision and have recommended the restaurant to many friends, several of whom have tried it for themselves and loved it. My only comment was it was weird being the only customers there on Saturday, I wonder if it was because we were early and/or the really nasty weather that day! We benefitted from attentive service and Chef Mehta came and spoke with us for sometime which was fabulous. I love the variety of flavors he produces and am usually persuaded to try dishes outside my comfort zone and enjoyed every one of them. One may think the plates are small but they pack so much flavor that you are satisfied after each one. Will definitely return.

  2. LF

    LudovicaF

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 16, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    Excellent, thoughtfully prepared food that is also sourced in a manner that reflects the need for today’s chefs and restaurants to do their part by buying produce and products that are sustainable and on a smaller scale of production than those offered by large commercial distributors.

  3. C

    Chrisbo

    New York Area

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on November 12, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    As always, great place, great food, very original and tasty (even spacy)

  4. HB

    HughBareiss

    New York Area

    35 reviews

    3.0

    35 reviews

    Dined on October 30, 2019

    overall3food3service4ambience4

    Didn’t realize this was a hotel bar and not a full restaurant. The (very) small plates were tasty but the flat price of $17 for every dish was out of line (30% too expensive). The minimal wine selection (three different red and three whites) again at $65 each was way too expensive for the quality offered. I will admit we sat nicely, but the place didn’t seem fully conceived. Wouldn’t go back.

  5. Y

    Yumyum

    San Francisco

    21 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on October 29, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    It was perfect! Chef Mehta is not only a culinary genius, he is an exceptionally lovely person . I also really appreciated the emphasis on sustainability. Can’t wait to return!

  6. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Richmond

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on October 24, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    The owner is an iron chef runner up. Very personable and caring. Awesome human being. Definitely will visit and a must visit.

  7. CL

    CherylL

    New York Area

    216 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    216 reviews

    Dined on August 23, 2019

    overall5food5service4ambience4

    Graffiti Earth is ALL about sustainability, down to the napkin on your lap and the china & cutlery given to the restaurant by friends and family. Dishes aim to please with unique and bursting flavors, and for the most part succeed.

  8. r

    regrettable

    New York Area

    46 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    46 reviews

    Dined on August 8, 2019

    overall2food2service4ambience3

    A strange experience. This really tiny restaurant has ten or twelve seats only. We were the only customers when we went on a Thursday night. Unfortunately, that just deflates all the excitement of dining out unless the food is spectacular, which it is not. The setting is modern and attractive, but the food is dull and not worth the price at all. All dishes are $17 and while that is not high for a restaurant of the class this aspires to, the offerings were small and boring. A lot of the garnishes seemed to be from bags of snacks that could be bought at any Indian grocery. The service was kind and attentive so didn't leave angry, just feeling sad we braved the broiling subway to get there.

  9. R

    Rosieinnaples

    Naples

    12 reviews

    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on June 29, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    I love Graffiti Earth! Chef Jehangir Mehta is a culinary genius. Chaime was our server, and he was perfect, charming and confiding and anticipating our every need. We were in NYC for the Gay Pride Parade and festivities surrounding the Stonewall 50 anniversary celebration. Chef Mehta sent out a beautiful dish made of colorful carrots representing the rainbow flag. Everything is delicious and original. I urge you to take advantage of a wonderful opportunity for a memorable meal.

  10. WM

    WendyM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 16, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    The only problem I see with this restaurant is the address listed is 191 Church St. and the door was locked. There was no sign indicating entrance is at a different location That would be helpful

  11. p

    pkat21

    Miami

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on May 24, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Amazing food and a great intimate experience. Chef Mehta is so welcoming and has an amazing staff - always a wonderful experience!! The vegetable chat dumplings are an absolute must!

  12. KW

    KristinW

    Louisville

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 26, 2019

    overall3food2service4ambience2

    Food was ok, but not very interesting. Overpriced/overhyped.

  13. S

    Shariff

    San Francisco

    10 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on April 17, 2019

    overall1food2service3ambience2

    Underwhelming and overpriced Menu and menu prices not the same as shown in the app.

  14. A

    Anonymous

    New York Area

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 11, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Food was great. Small, but nice space. Just don't understand why there were not more people there.

  15. A

    Aimee

    Demoland (US)

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on April 3, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Everything about this experience was exceptional!!!

  16. VY

    VYNY

    New York Area

    1 review

    vip
    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 23, 2019

    overall1food1service3ambience1

    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.

  17. S

    Shamal

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 14, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    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.

  18. M

    Mark

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 27, 2019

    overall2food4service2ambience3

    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.

  19. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 23, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    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.

  20. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 17, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    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.

  21. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 15, 2019

    overall5food5service4ambience4

    Food was good! Ambience is great. Service was a bit slow but we were in no hurry so it’s was fine

  22. AT

    AteThereToo

    New York Area

    27 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    27 reviews

    Dined on February 13, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    Simply fabulous

  23. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 30, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    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!!

  24. BK

    BeaverK

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 26, 2019

    overall4food4service3ambience4

    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.

  25. AO

    AllOvrNYC

    New York Area

    77 reviews

    5.0

    77 reviews

    Dined on November 25, 2018

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    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.

  26. EG

    EllenG

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 9, 2018

    overall3food5service5ambience5

    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.

  27. p

    paris27

    New York Area

    28 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    28 reviews

    Dined on November 4, 2018

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    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!!

  28. C

    Chrisbo

    New York Area

    7 reviews

    3.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on November 3, 2018

    overall3food3service4ambience3

    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.

  29. E

    Eatitorwearit

    Las Vegas

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 27, 2018

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Chef Mehta is a genius! Add that to his integrity, passion, and compassion and you have a recipe for an exquisite dining experience.

  30. KR

    KRDG

    New York Area

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 2, 2018

    overall3food1service4ambience2

    Need more vegetarian options. Also Payment was cash and was not Informed in the beginning.

  31. JS

    JS12

    Detroit

    16 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on September 8, 2018

    overall3food4service2ambience1

    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

  32. TT

    TheresaT

    New York Area

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 10, 2018

    overall1food2service2ambience5

    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!!

  33. AD

    ArielD

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 1, 2018

    overall1food1service2ambience3

    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.

  34. k

    keithl

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 28, 2018

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    This was an excellent find! The food was creative and flavorful. Our waiter Elijah was fantastic. Get there if you visit NYC.

  35. KS

    KaranS

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 19, 2018

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    Tiny place but great food and service - we really enjoyed the evening.

  36. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Exclusive

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 14, 2018

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    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.

  37. MD

    MartaD

    New York Area

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on July 13, 2018

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Delicious especially the caterpillar butterfly soup!

  38. p

    paris27

    New York Area

    28 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    28 reviews

    Dined on June 23, 2018

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    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.

  39. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Antonio

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 21, 2018

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Fantastic food. Omg just amazing.

  40. G

    Glassssss

    New York Area

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on June 20, 2018

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    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.

FAQs

Graffiti Earth at Duane Street Hotel is rated 4.4 stars by 78 OpenTable diners.

Permanently Closed

This restaurant is permanently closed.

Additional information

  • Cross street

    DUANE ST

  • Neighborhood

    TriBeCa - Downtown

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner: 5:30PM -10:30PM Tuesday- Saturday

  • Cuisines

    Fusion / Eclectic, International, Tapas / Small Plates

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Parking details

    A parking lot is available 1.5 blocks from the restaurant.

  • Public transit

    1, 2, 3, A, C, D to CHAMBERS ST STATION4, 5, 6, to BROOKLYN BRIDGE- CITY HALL STATIONR to CITY HALL

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Jehangir Mehta

  • Additional

    Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Liquor, Cafe, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Private Room, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (212) 542-9440

  • Catering

    All catering menus are customized to the likes and needs of the event. Prefix menus, tailored menus, family style menus, appetizers and cocktails. Also available for office catering and events, birthday parties, weddings and offsite Chefs Table.

  • Private party facilities

    Graffiti Earth and the adjoining private dining room are available for private events.

  • Private party contact

    graffitiearth@jehangirmehta.com: (917) 331-5110

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