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Teen Chef Prepares to Open New Restaurant, Gem, at 116 Forsyth St.

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The Justin Bieber of Food,” 19-year-old prodigy Flynn McGarry, is opening his own restaurant on the Lower East Side.

You’ve probably seen him somewhere. Maybe it was on national television, or on the cover of the New York Times Magazine when he was 15. He’s been hosting a pop-up supper club called Eureka since 2014. Now the time has apparently come for a full-fledged brick-and-mortar restaurant.

The spot he’s chosen is at 116 Forsyth St. (formerly Cafe Henrie). The venue, called Gem, will serve as a casual hangout in the daytime hours, with coffee, teas and pastries. In the evening, a concept dubbed, “The Dining Room,” will offer a $155 tasting menu. As Eater explained, “The dinner starts in ‘the living room’ with Champagne and snacks before moving to a kitchen for small plates, a few ‘family style’ portions, and dessert.”  Online reservations are already available for opening night (Feb. 27).

The liquor license application for Gem is is the name of Paris McGarry, Flynn’s older sister.

The young chef talks more about his new venture in Food & Wine.


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