At Graffit, artist and chef Jesus Núñez' clearly took this passion-driven dynamic duo to the next level at his new Upper West Side restaurant. Graffit spins old-world recipes into exciting and breathtaking new-world preparations, creatively expressed with dishes showcasing all of the aesthetic bang of edible masterpieces.
Soft strains of light, a rich brick-walled dining room with pleated banquettes and a fun matador mural by Chilean artist Dasic Fernandez welcome you, making for a most appealing ambiance. A quaint and intimate greenhouse in the back and communal tables in the front complete the vibe.
In the Tapas and Bar Room, guests can enjoy reinterpretations of Spanish tapas paired with one of their signature cocktails, while in the Dining and Garden Rooms, a spectacular and diverse dinner menu is available, showcasing rich, imaginative cooking with a focus on simple yet robust flavors.
A must try is the Cauliflower (yes, cauliflower!); a colorful vegetable fricassee dressed with romanesco, brussels sprouts leaves, asparagus and carrots, all surrounding a perfectly poached egg. Pair this with one of their signature cocktails such as the Da Vinci’s Muse, a scrumptious concoction of gin, maraschino liqueur, lime, sage and sweet Bergamot mist.
The lobster with Spanish paprika and zucchini ribbons, olive oil textures, roasted red pepper caviar is a perfect example of textures and flavors happily colliding. Baked Dorado with squid, tomato compote in a squid reduction is another fabulous choice. Add a healthy wine list and you have a Spanish culinary experience complete.
Graffit also offers a strong cheese selection. Add a nice glass of red desert wine and all is well.
Graffit, 141 West 69th Street (between Columbus Ave. and Broadway), New York, NY 10023. 646.692.8762. http://www.graffitrestaurant.com/