Teen Chef Flynn McGarry Is Opening His First Permanent Restaurant
The 19-year-old chef, once called the "Justin Bieber of food" by Vogue, is planting restaurant roots in NYC.
Flynn McGarry fans (Flyans?), the moment you've been waiting for is nearly here. After eight years on the scene, the 19-year-old chef is finally setting his sights on a non-pop-up, permanent restaurant in New York City. A 28-seat spot will be located in the Lower East Side at 114 Forsyth St., Eater reports. An opening date still in the works.
McGarry first made his way into the culinary scene at age eleven, which is not a sentence that usually describes a real existing person, when he started a supper club at his parents house, but his stature really started to grow once he developed a $160-a-head tasting menu and turned the club into a pop-up called Eureka at the ripe old age of 15.
The upcoming restaurant, which currently has no name, won't be the first time McGarry has set up shop in NYC though. After bringing Eureka to NYC in 2014, he returned several more times over the years before opening a "perma pop-up" version in the West Village, which featured 12 seats and was open for three days a week. But the new restaurant will be open all week, operate from 8 a.m. to midnight, and serve small plates for dinner, with pastries available in the day.
And if you're wondering just what it must be like to have spent nearly a decade in the culinary spotlight before leaving one's teen years, you're in luck. A documentary from director Cameron Yates (The Canal Street Madam) and producer Laura Coxson (Iris) called Chef Flynn, chronicling just such a life, is set to premiere at the Sundance Film Festival next week. As he once told the New York Times Magazine , his eventual plan was to "move to New York at seventeen, work at Eleven Madison Park or somewhere like it for a year, maybe a year and a half, and then start work on his restaurant by nineteen," so the plan seems more or less on track.