Arguably the biggest gun in Duane Street's arsenal is it restaurant and bar Mehtaphor. Named after its owner, Jehangir Mehta, it offers a titillating menu inspired by Ayurvedic principles offering a range of dishes to be shared, making the whole experience even more enjoyable. Although Mumbai-born Jehangir has been in this game for around 15 years, after having trained and worked at some of the top spots in New York, including Jean Georges' Mercer Kitchen, he shot to fame when finishing as runner-up in the 2009 series of the Next Iron Chef on US television. He also owns the tiny but ever-popular Graffiti restaurant in the East Village.
For a couple dining out at Mehtaphor, four dishes should suffice however we pigged out and got through six, each offering throwing us into a deeper and deeper frenzy. Although we enjoyed it all, we particularly recommend the truffle goats cheese and crab pizza, the graffiti burgers with garlic fries and chipotle mayo and the pork dumplings. For dessert you must have a go at the sundae and/or the hazelnut soufflé with vanilla rum and raisin ice cream. And as if the food itself wasn't enough to wax lyrical about, serving it up is a team of young, good-looking, well turned out and extremely well-drilled waiters and waitresses who give an explanation of each dish and are ready to make recommendations (for both food and wine) and comprehensively answer any questions you may have. You'll often catch Jehangir himself walking around the intimate restaurant ? take the opportunity to chat with him as he is an absolute delight. A vegetarian menu is available at dinner.
We mustn't forget thought that Mehtaphor also serves a mean cooked breakfast as well as a continental option and has a bar attached to the restaurant which serves cocktails, a few wines and soft drinks. Make sure you reserve at weekends as it gets booked up in advance.