Enter Graffiti, a tiny little gem in the East Village, so warm and inviting, but barely seating 20 people at a time. Couples are seated side by side on square high-top tables, with intimacy enhanced by candlelight and soft conversations.
Tanuja and I started our night with lychee martinis served in lowball glasses with slushed ice and subtle but sweet lychee juice. This little sucker had me buzzing after a few sips.
The wrapper was thin and soft, and the grapefruit added a wonderful citrusy note that lightened the dish nicely. I am really loving grapefruit cameos in savory dishes !
Our last dishof cumin eggplant buns came three to a plate. Chunks of soft eggplant topped with thyme relish were richly flavored, and perfectly bundled within soft, slightly sweet bao bread.
The four shared plates had us perfectly satisfied, full, but not uncomfortably so, with just enough room for dessert.
We grabbed a sweet treat about a dozen steps away at Dessert Club Chikalicious. Their small cupcakes are great, with moist, tender crumb, and not too sweet, but everyone in the place kept eyeing this one Asian stud standing to the mirror who was eating some crazy softserve ice cream number that was served within a sugared eclair. I still think about it now. Okay - that's it! I am going to go eat it tomorrow.
Han's Nonsensical Rating: Only come here with someone you really like, since you'll have to check your concept of personal space at the door, but get ready for some seriously tasty food!
224 East 10th St
New York, NY
Reservations highly recommended
Dessert Club Chikalicious
204 East 10th St
New York, NY