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Teen Chef Flynn McGarry Plots All-Day Restaurant on the Lower East Side

The prodigy is transitioning from pop-up to permanence

Flynn McGarry
Flynn McGarry in 2015
Photo by Elizabeth Daniels

Teen chef Flynn McGarry may finally be opening a permanent restaurant in New York, in the Lower East Side.

The 19-year-old prodigal chef — who’s said he’s “so done” with pop-ups — wants to run an all-day restaurant at located at 114 Forsyth St., near Broome St. The yet-to-be-named restaurant will occupy the former Cafe Henrie space, according to a liquor license application filed to Community Board 3 by his sister Paris, who’s presumably of legal drinking age. An Eater staffer also spotted him inside the space earlier this week.

After running a series of pop-up events and a 12-seat chef’s table space in West Village, McGarry plans to more permanently serve new American food in the 28-seat space from 8 a.m. to midnight, offering pastries during the day and small plates for dinner, the application notes. If the license is approved, only wine and beer will be available. McGarry was not immediately available for comment on Friday, according to a spokesperson.

The chef, who Vogue dubbed the “Justin Bieber of food,” first started a supper club in his parents’ house when he was 11-years-old. McGarry brought his pop-up Eureka to New York in 2014 with an eight-course tasting menu priced at $150 per person. At the time, he was 15-years-old and had already been featured on the cover of the New York Times Magazine’s food issue.

He brought Eureka back to New York for four nights when he was 16, this time with a $180 14-course menu. He then opened the West Village Eureka, which he dubbed a “perma pop-up.” The new space will be open seven days a week, making this McGarry’s most ambitious NYC project to date.

McGarry has also cooked at Eleven Madison Park. A documentary about his rise to cooking stardom is debuting at Sundance Film Festival on January 23.