Lil’ Gem Debuts on Clinton Street this Week with Lebanese Fare
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 49-seat establishment will sport a menu of shareable small and family-size plates that includes flatbreads and shawarma. To top it off, artwork from American-born and native Lebanese artists will apparently be showcased on the walls.
The new restaurant will carry a full liquor license, too. Community Board 3 backed O’Donnell’s bid for the OP, but the application is still pending at the State Liquor Authority.
Here’s a first look at the decor…
It’s worth pointing out that chef-owner Melissa O’Donnell has run some variation of restaurant in this space over the last fourteen years. Indeed, this is the third go-round for O’Donnell at 29 Clinton Street. Her Salt Bar establishment relocated here from SoHo in 2003, and operated until 2014, when it was replaced with Thelma. Three times a charm with Lil’ Gem?