Teen Chef Flynn McGarry Opens his ‘Gem’ on Forsyth Street
He’s nineteen-years-old and has the food industry smitten.
Teen chef prodigy Flynn McGarry this week opened a new Lower East Side restaurant on Forsyth Street called Gem. It’s a dining concept with split personality, offering both a coffee shop vibe (like it’s predecessor Cafe Henrie) and place for deep-pocketed tasting menu seekers.
The Living Room, the more casual half, section of the Lower East Side spot, is now open with coffee and pastries at 116 Forsyth Street; the more posh Dining Room will serve a $155 set menu and open on February 27.
Gem is still waiting on its license to carry beer and wine, and is currently operating on a temporary permit, according to the State Liquor Authority.
This is the first brick-and-mortar restaurant for McGarry, who started his career by hosting dinner at his parents’ house at age 13. He’s since worked with places like Eleven Madison Park and hosted tasting menu pop-ups around the city.
What are the odds this place lasts more than a year? Place your bets.