Prodigal teen chef Flynn McGarry’s new LES restaurant will be called Gem — and it will have both a daytime aspect and a $155 set meal in a separately-named concept.
The daytime part of Gem, located at 116 Forsyth St., between Broome and Delancey streets, will be called The Living Room, according to an email announcement from McGarry. It’s his “idea of a neighborhood coffee shop and hang out” and will serve pastries made in-house, along with teas and coffees from small roasters.
The other part of Gem sounds more like the kind of fancy pop-up meals that launched McGarry into fame. Called The Dining Room, it will offer 12 to 15 courses and a gratuity included price, along with an optional $100 wine pairing. The dinner starts in “the living room” with Champagne and snacks before moving to a kitchen for small plates, a few “family style” portions, and dessert. “The format follows a dinner party, like the ones I started throwing at 13,” McGarry, who’s now 19, writes in the announcement.
Two seatings for 18 people will happen each night, from Tuesday through Saturday, starting on February 27. Reservations are already live.
McGarry — who’s been called the “Justin Bieber of food” — has popping up around town with a tasting menu called Eureka since 2014. The teen has worked at Eleven Madison Park, and a documentary about his rise to cooking stardom debuts at Sundance this week.
But this will be his first permanent restaurant. The liquor license application, filed earlier this month to Community Board 3, lists the owner as his sister Paris, who’s presumably of legal drinking age.