Teen chef gets his first big-leagues review
“Long limbed and boyishly slim, with a gravity-defying shock of strawberry-blond hair, he is poised and charming, but retains the slightly reluctant demeanor of someone who might dodge an embarrassing hug and moan ‘Mo-o-om.’” That’s the way New Yorker critic Hannah Goldfield describes teen chef-owner Flynn McGarry in her review of his new Lower East Side tasting menu restaurant Gem. She goes on to call the restaurant “mature” and “impressively delicious,” though it looks like McGarry is still managing to have some fun based on the photo below.
Gothamist returns, along with its food coverage
Local news blog Gothamist — the website tracking neighborhood-level New York City happenings — is back with the backing of WNYC (though there’s no mention of DNAinfo or the union formed right before their dissolution). Along with its revival comes food coverage again, and to celebrate, several restaurants around town have specials Gothamist dishes on the menu, such as a prosciutto and burrata sandwich at Alidoro and a caramel-glazed doughnut at Dun-Well. The full list of dishes is here.
Sweetbitter’s press tour is in full swing
Sweetbitter, the upcoming Starz show about the drama that happens behind the scenes at NYC restaurants, is set to debut on May 6, and the cast is on the promotion tour. They each revealed their own hospitality horror stories, like when lead actor Caitlin FitzGerald had to kowtow to guests as a hostess in Tribeca. The show went to extra lengths to try to authentically portray a NY restaurant, enlisting Justine Slattery, a hospitality industry vet with Union Square Cafe experience, to train the front-of-house actors, while the back-of-house ones spent two weeks at the Institute of Culinary Education.
Openings, closings, and coming attractions
In the East village, Coney Island Baby is set to open tonight at 169 Avenue A between 10th and 11th streets with live music on tap, while 130 First Ave. will soon become a Chinese restaurant. Over in Chinatown, 150 East Broadway will soon be home to a new pizzeria, and up on the Upper West Side, Tiny Treats Cafe at 616 Amsterdam Ave. has closed over a reported partner dispute.