Graffiti was the turning point to what looked like was going to be a really bad evening. After a terrible afternoon spent searching for a camera store that took two hours to find, rushing to go visit MoMA before it closed, and then once again wandering around in circles trying to find the restaurants on our list for the day, getting to the first restaurant of our choice (Ippudo) and then being told that we would have to wait over an hour to get seated, I was ready to call it quits. At this point it was about 9 o’clock and the only thing we had eaten were the pastries from Bouchon and some ice-cream. Needless to say, I was starving. I was becoming increasingly passive aggressively and petulant, and somehow Leo kept his cool throughout the entire ordeal and managed to pacify me as we retraced our steps back and went looking for Graffiti instead. That was honestly the best thing we did that day.
Graffiti was just superb. Excellent service and quality food at a reasonable price. We ordered the Green Mango Paneer ($7), Pickled Ginger Scallops with Candied Chilli ($12) and the Green Chilli Shrimp ($15), which were all light and delicate dishes. At first they didn’t seem spicy at all, but the heat built up quite nicely as we ate. We skipped out on dessert because we didn’t want to be too full for our second dinner, but it seems like that was a mistake, because most of the reviews rave about their sweets. I would love to go back again and try more dishes, like their Braised Pork Buns…yummm.