Graffiti

Restaurants , Dinner East Village
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A tiny East Village restaurant run by two Aix vets—owner Jehangir Mehta and chef Andres Vazquez—delivers global fare that’s reflected in the decor: A Ganesh bas-relief anchors one wall, and an oversize Buddha the other. Among the tapas on offer, we liked watermelon salad with salty feta and a sweet mint sorbet, and a Chinese-style pork bun fragrant with cinnamon and cloves and served with apricot chutney. Mehta seats diners at one of the cramped communal tables, where they lean in to ask neighbors about one intriguing dish after another. Following our meal, gratis prosecco bolstered the friendly vibe.
Venue name: Graffiti
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Address: 224 E 10th St
New York

Cross street: between First and Second Aves
Opening hours: Tue, Sun 5:30–10:30pm; Wed–Sat 5:30–11:45pm
Transport: Subway: L to First Ave
Price: Average small plate: $12. AmEx, MC, V
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Julie S
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Graffiti is by far the smallest restaurant I have ever been to, but don’t let that deter you from checking it out. It’s quite possible you will be sharing a table with other packed in people as you dine on the small plates off the tasty eclectic menu. This place has tons of vegetarian options as well as gluten free. The zucchini humus pizza is a light and delicious appetizer to share. For something a little spicy, try the cumin eggplant buns with thyme daikon relish. They’ve got really interesting desserts like cardamom bread and pepper ice cream. Be sure to try the prosecco lychee martini, it is delicious.