While most teens are just content to hang out with friends, Flynn McGarry is busy cooking, running restaurants, and setting himself up for success. Eating at his pop-up restaurants and special events has cost guests over $100 a person, which is even more impressive given the amount of talent that NYC has to offer.
McGarry has continued to focus on his business ventures, working on opening Gem, his first permanent restaurant. Gem has a unique concept, being split into two sides. The Living Room is the more casual part of the restaurant and has just started to serve up coffee and pastries. It’s now open daily from 8am to 5pm.
At the end of February, the other side of the restaurant – The Dining Room – will open up. It will provide guests with a fine-dining experience, serving up a set menu for $155.
McGarry thought back to his time hosting dinner parties when coming up with the menu and design of The Dining Room. He wants people to get settled in and enjoy drinks before nibbling on small dishes. Then, a pasta course and meat course will be served, with people being welcome to stay as long as they like. The chef takes advantage of his skills with house-made pasta and all part of an animal, and diners can expect seasonal changes as the restaurant continually strives to use fresh ingredients.
The young chef has staged at world-class restaurants, including Eleven Madison Park, Alinea, and Next. He started cooking for others when he was 12, and he moved to New York when he was 16.
Gem is located at 116 Forsyth Street in the Lower East Side.