IT'S: A Lebanese style restaurant on Clinton Street
03-10-2017OPENED: October 03rd, 2017
LOCATION: Lower East Side
ADDRESS: 29 Clinton Street
CLOSEST SUBWAY: Delancey Street
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The stretch of Clinton Street on the Lower East Side has been an ever-changing epicentre of emerging foods and a destination in its own right in recent years. Some restaurants come and go, some reign on and on with great success (Clinton Street Baking Co, Pig and Khao, Ivan Ramen etc) and some, stay put but change their offering from time to time – Lil’ Gem is the latest iteration of such a restaurant. Melissa O’Donnell has been the proud owner of the space on 29 Clinton Street which launched Salt Bar in 2003, which later turned into Thelma on Clinton in 2013 and, today, it emerges anew once again, as Lil’ Gem – a Lebanese-style sharing plates spot.
The 40-seat dining room has been revamped and re-designed to reflect the owners’ interests in and love for Lebanese cuisine and its varied influences. The name, Lil’ Gem meaning “Lebanese-ish”.
With sharing food at the forefront of the menu’s design, you’ll find plenty of mezze and family-style plates complete with dishes like hummus, muhammara and shawarma. Flatbreads are aplenty with a range of interesting toppings and dips to accompany them like mission fig jam, pickled plums and arugula. The team want to ensure that the menu is accessible to all diners including paleo, vegan and gluten-free diners.
Dishes range, on average, between the $6-$16 mark with one of their largest and most expensive dishes being a whole rotisserie duck at $41.
In A Nutshell:
There are many reasons to take a trip to Clinton Street to dine out and now, Lil’ Gem is another one of those reasons.