Lil’ Gem

Lil’ Gem Debuts on Clinton Street this Week with Lebanese Fare

Last modified September 26, 2017 at 12:14 pm

Even though the rolldown gate still says Thelma, there is a changing of the guard happening at 29 Clinton Street. But the new boss is the same as the old boss. This Thursday (September 28), chef Melissa O’Donnell and restaurateur Lesly Bernard will open Lil’ Gem, a restaurant that specializes in “modern Lebanese” cuisine. The […]

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Clinton Street Newcomer Lil Gem Nets CB3 Liquor Approval; Saluggi’s and Mini Rex Meet Resistance

Posted April 14, 2017 at 9:37 am

In a long tradition of never-ending Community Board 3 meetings, last night’s SLA subcommittee gathering was par-for-the-course. By 8:30pm, only three applicants had been heard. And somewhere, an unknown was puffing a copious amount of weed… Herewith, a few notes. Saluggi’s East, 399 Grand Street Saluggi’s East on Grand Street has all the makings of a […]

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Thelma on Clinton is reborn as ‘Lil Gem’ Lebanese Restaurant

Posted March 24, 2017 at 5:00 am

Chef-restaurateur Melissa O’Donnell delivered on her promise to return to the Lower East Side with a new concept. Indeed, more than a month after shuttering the three-year-old Thelma on Clinton, the space at 29 Clinton Street has been transformed into a Lebanese restaurant called Lil’ Gem. Evoking her Lebanese heritage again – Thelma was named […]

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