Gem is the first venture from chef Flynn McGarry, the teenage prodigy who has been mastering his culinary skills since the age of ten and has been running pop-ups in LA and NYC.
His restaurant, in a pair of narrow storefronts on the Lower East Side, consists of the Living Room, an all-day cafe serving coffee, tea and pastries from morning until 5 p.m., as well as the Dining Room where $155 (including tip) set-menu dinners will be served. The aim is for the restaurant to have a homey feeling, a bit like a dinner party. The idea is that the rooms complement one another: guests begin in The Living Room with snacks and champagne, before being seated in the Dining Room to enjoy a multi-course menu, consisting of small plates, large family-style dishes and dessert.
Dishes include King Crab with leeks, grapefruit and rose, a series of dishes called the Lamb Feast, peanut Ritz crackers with foie gras, agnolotti filled with chicory and petits fours to finish. A wine pairing is available for $100 and wine, beer, sake, and cider are available by the glass and bottle.
A dinner party out
Peanut Ritz Crackers with foie gras, king crab with leeks and grapefruit, and slow-roasted sunchokes with pumpkin seed oil and apple.