Chef Jehangir Mehta’s 10-year-old East Village cubbyhole of a restaurant, Graffiti, serves the kind of cuisine that makes New York Magazine throw up its hands and call it “eclectic.”
You’ll find much of the same carefree spirit in the food at Graffiti Earth, now open inside a casually intimate, living room-style dining room in the lobby of Tribeca’s Duane Street Hotel. There’s also a handsome cocktail lounge outside as you wait for one of the 20 seats, with drinks by Milos Zica of Employees Only and its own bar menu.
But the restaurant’s name should be a clue that the focus is bigger than just the food and drinks. “Most people when they say ‘sustainable,’ they just stop at food, and we don’t want to stop at food,” Mehta says.