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Lil' Gem - Permanently Closed

4.5
4.5
30 Reviews
$31 to $50
Lebanese

The energy and passion of Lebanese dining is brought to life at Lil' Gem, the new restaurant at 29A Clinton Street by Chef Melissa O'Donnell. Melissa showcases a concept in this intimate 40-seat space into a cozy dining room with high top seating, exposed beamed ceilings, and white-washed walls.

Permanently Closed

This restaurant is permanently closed.

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Menu

Amuse Bouche

  • Amuse Bouche

    Appetizers

    • Baby Arugula

      Roasted Delicata Squash, Pomegranate, Dried Cherries

      • House Smoked Oysters

        Fennel, Citrus, Olives, Arak Reduction

        • Salmon Kibbeh Naya

          Salmon Tartare, Quinoa, Salmon Caviar

          • Salt Cured Foie Gras Torchon

            Fig, Pistachio, Olive Oil Bread

            Entrée

            • Smoked Eggplant

              Beet Tartare, Black Garlic, Tahini

              • Diver Scallops

                Spiced Mushroom Fricassee, Cauliflower Puree

                • Rohan Duck Breast

                  Pomegranate-Honey Glaze, Lebanese 7 Spice, Pearled Onions, Sweet Potato Puree

                  • Dukkah Crusted Rack of Lamb

                    Braised Rainbow Chard, Parsnip Puree

                    Dessert

                    • Sorbet Selection

                      • Honey Pistachio Crème Brulee

                        • Tahini Chocolate Truffles

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                          What 30 people are saying

                          Overall ratings and reviews

                          4.5
                          4.5 based on recent ratings
                          • 4.4Food
                          • 4.3Service
                          • 4.4Ambience
                          • 4.3Value

                          NoiseModerate

                          84% of people would recommend it to a friend

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                          1. JM

                            JulieM

                            New York Area

                            13 reviews

                            vip
                            3.0

                            13 reviews

                            Dined on November 15, 2018

                            overall3food2service4ambience4

                            I wanted to love this place. But the food was just missing something. The menu is good on paper (literally) but either the spices were missing, there wasn't enough salt or zest. We couldn't put our finger on it but we were underwhelmed. The service was great and the atmosphere was cozy and perfect for a date night. Worth a try for a newbie and will consider going back in the case that they were having an off night.

                          2. OT

                            OpenTable Diner

                            New York Area

                            2 reviews

                            5.0

                            2 reviews

                            Dined on November 5, 2018

                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                            the best!!!

                          3. k

                            kaylal

                            New York Area

                            2 reviews

                            5.0

                            2 reviews

                            Dined on November 3, 2018

                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                            the food was amazing but the main attraction is the bartender. Gabriel was at the bar on the night I went and he is incredible. He crafted the most gorgeous egg white cocktail for my friend and I. It is a splurge but well worth it. thanks for the lovely evening!

                          4. RC

                            RockChalk

                            Kansas City

                            1 review

                            3.0

                            1 review

                            Dined on October 24, 2018

                            overall3food4service2ambience3

                            The food was good but service has meh. It did appear they were understaffed, but seemed like the didn't really care.

                          5. MR

                            MicheleR

                            New York Area

                            4 reviews

                            5.0

                            4 reviews

                            Dined on October 21, 2018

                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                            Such great staff!

                          6. s

                            solabyobfan

                            New York Area

                            3 reviews

                            5.0

                            3 reviews

                            Dined on October 19, 2018

                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                            My second visit with my son to Lil' Gem, even better than the first...seated quickly, the service was excellent, the meal unrushed, the staff friendly and professional....the starters, hummus with miso and red pepper puree both excellent with a little kick...the duck breast perfectly cooked, spicy and superb, and the rack of lamb quite tasty....a second memorable dining experience....if I lived in town I would be a regular, so I will just need to visit NYC more often to dine there.

                          7. EO

                            EqualOpportunityEater

                            Cleveland

                            5 reviews

                            5.0

                            5 reviews

                            Dined on September 2, 2018

                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                            The food is splendid, the space is cosy, and the staff is very friendly. I would recommend sharing dishes in order to experience the variety of flavors Lil’ Gem has to offer. (The roasted cauliflower is quite tasty!) My only note of caution that most, if not all, seating is at high top tables so a certain amount of mobility is required to hop up. If that is not of concern, then you should go ahead and make a reservation. We already look forward to going back!

                          8. M

                            Merkmrs

                            New York Area

                            6 reviews

                            5.0

                            6 reviews

                            Dined on August 15, 2018

                            overall5food5service4ambience4

                            Lil Gem is exactly that!! A little gem on Clinton Steeet. Outstanding flavors in every dish we tried. The flavors were complex in even the most ordinary dish! Appetizers whetted your appetite for the next and the next! My chicken entree was so moist and flavorful and that skin! truly enjoyed this restaurant more than I would have ever expected to. Try it! Doesnt disappoint!

                          9. OT

                            OpenTable Diner

                            Philadelphia

                            18 reviews

                            5.0

                            18 reviews

                            Dined on August 12, 2018

                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                            Food was delicious! Every bite was packed with flavor! Definitely try the miso hummus, cabbage salad, cauliflower and the chicken shawarma. Very cute inside and best service. Overall wonderful experience.

                          10. SC

                            StefanC

                            1 review

                            5.0

                            1 review

                            Dined on August 9, 2018

                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                            all around a marvelous experience. Super friendly, delicious food. loved the Mezcal cocktail. highly recommended

                          11. g

                            geneb

                            Los Angeles

                            2 reviews

                            5.0

                            2 reviews

                            Dined on July 6, 2018

                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                            This is a great spot in the East Village! The food, ambiance, and location are top notch. Go you will not be disappointed.

                          12. J

                            foodieJ

                            New York Area

                            16 reviews

                            vip
                            2.0

                            16 reviews

                            Dined on June 9, 2018

                            overall2food3service3ambience2

                            Overall it was a fair experience - the food was not something I would go back for. Service was great.

                          13. JG

                            JoannG

                            New York Area

                            10 reviews

                            vip
                            5.0

                            10 reviews

                            Dined on June 8, 2018

                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                            This is probably going to be our new go to spot. Everything was amazing. The cauliflower was insane. My boyfriend and I were so impressed with every dish! We started planning who else we could take here after the second dish came out. Lil gem indeed.

                          14. F

                            Foodie

                            New York Area

                            3 reviews

                            vip
                            2.0

                            3 reviews

                            Dined on June 4, 2018

                            overall2food3service2ambience5

                            Hostess was not very welcoming. Wanted to seat us at a very small table although the restaurant was empty. Used the Gilt city coupon for a portion of the meal. Coupon stated that steak was not included, but many other items were not included as well. Many item on the menu were not available on a Sunday evening. That is odd for a restaurant that is fairly new. Otherwise the food was good but the level of service affected the experience.

                          15. OT

                            OpenTable Diner

                            Dallas

                            1 review

                            5.0

                            1 review

                            Dined on May 23, 2018

                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                            We had a fantastic experience, and would happily go back. Delicious food (cabbage salad, sweet potato kibbeh, lamb Schwarma were all delightful), professional and attentive service, and a cozy ambiance. One note for older/mobility-restricted patrons is that the restaurant seating, from what we could tell, is all bar-height.

                          16. OT

                            OpenTable Diner

                            New York Area

                            3 reviews

                            5.0

                            3 reviews

                            Dined on May 13, 2018

                            overall5food5service5ambience4

                            Very tight seating.

                          17. JR

                            JuliaR

                            New York Area

                            12 reviews

                            vip
                            5.0

                            12 reviews

                            Dined on May 12, 2018

                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                            Great place if you want a relaxing, delicious meal. Food come very quickly and service is informed and gracious. Coming back soon.

                          18. NV

                            NamVet

                            Miami

                            45 reviews

                            vip
                            5.0

                            45 reviews

                            Dined on May 6, 2018

                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                            This is a Total Gem...amazing food - service and wines at a reasonable price. We enjoyed it greatly and the Bekaa Valley wines are great value. AAA+.

                          19. G

                            Gknowmad

                            New York Area

                            31 reviews

                            vip
                            4.0

                            31 reviews

                            Dined on April 24, 2018

                            overall4food4service5ambience5

                            A quirky little spot, Lil Gem doesn't disappoint with several tasty options on the menu, and a more-than-adequate wine list. Service staff was incredibly friendly and helpful, and didn't feel rushed at all. Overall, a great place for conversation, a group, or an intimate date. Wine was a tad bit overpriced, even for NYC, but a nice selection of Lebanese wines.

                          20. J

                            Janetb

                            New York Area

                            28 reviews

                            vip
                            5.0

                            28 reviews

                            Dined on April 22, 2018

                            overall5food5service5ambience4

                            We really enjoyed our time at Lil Gem. It was for my son's 25th birthday so there were six of us celebrating. Fun atmosphere, good food. Great for the 20s to 30s age group. My only complaint was the appetizers were rather small considering the price.

                          21. GC

                            GrantC

                            San Francisco

                            3 reviews

                            5.0

                            3 reviews

                            Dined on April 17, 2018

                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                            Lil' gem turned out to be our hidden gem. The restaurant welcomed us with open arms and was immediately warm and inviting. Gabriel makes incredible cocktails which we all enjoyed. They were all very creative especially the arak and roll. ... delicious. We shared all of the dishes among three of us. We loved everything. The flavors were all complex and different than other Mediterranean restaurants that we've been to. The salmon tartare and quinoa was amazing. The flavors were exceptional. The b abbaganoush and the red pepper dip were great. They even accommodated the gluten free diner gladly bringing out a gluten free alternative. Melissa the chef/owner has created a wonderful atmosphere serving delicious food. You won't be disappointed. Thank you for the wonderful dining experience.

                          22. D

                            Dessertfirst

                            San Francisco

                            180 reviews

                            vip
                            5.0

                            180 reviews

                            Dined on April 14, 2018

                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                            We LOVED our meal here! The place is cute, the food is great for sharing. So fresh! The flavors blend so beautifully with each other. We will definitely come back!

                          23. CS

                            CarolineS

                            New York Area

                            2 reviews

                            2.0

                            2 reviews

                            Dined on March 24, 2018

                            overall2food4service1ambience4

                            Made a reservation and wasn’t seated for 40 minutes after the reservation time because staff gave away our table to some friends who came in. Hostess was incredibly rude when I asked about why it was taking so long to get the reservation settled. Food was good and our waitress was lovely, but the service at the beginning was disappointing.

                          24. D

                            Djain

                            New York Area

                            8 reviews

                            vip
                            3.0

                            8 reviews

                            Dined on March 24, 2018

                            overall3food2service2ambience4

                            The vegetarian eggplant dish was overly smoky and rich. Hard to eat. They forgot our appetizer order (apparently they ran out) but we saw other tables get it. Honest mistake. They fixed it. Cocktails were excellent (except arugula as a garnish on a mezcal cocktail is bizarre). The staff was super nice. Ambience is great.

                          25. CP

                            CaraP

                            Washington DC

                            4 reviews

                            4.0

                            4 reviews

                            Dined on March 18, 2018

                            overall4food3service5ambience5

                            The restaurant was very charming and cozy. Our waiter was wonderful. I am a vegetarian and they happened to be out of most of the vegetarian items on the menu, but i got the shoshuka and it was very good. Waiter brought us a complimentary round of pomegranate mimosas as a surprise. The food was great and service was lovely.

                          26. i

                            irinap

                            New York Area

                            1 review

                            vip
                            3.0

                            1 review

                            Dined on March 4, 2018

                            overall3food5service4ambience4

                            Waited for our table for 1h30! This has never happened to me. Instead of dining at 9 we dined at 10.30. The food was amazing but won't be back, just not worth it. There are many other amazing food places in Manhattan where your time is more respected.

                          27. L

                            Lori

                            New York Area

                            3 reviews

                            vip
                            5.0

                            3 reviews

                            Dined on March 4, 2018

                            overall5food5service5ambience4

                            Love this place!

                          28. M

                            Micahb

                            Tampa

                            4 reviews

                            4.0

                            4 reviews

                            Dined on February 14, 2018

                            overall4food5service5ambience4

                            Food was very good. Wine choices were so so. Tables are not so nice to sit at. No foot rest. Bar looks comfortable though we didn’t sit there.

                          29. e

                            eastvillageresident6785

                            New York Area

                            1 review

                            5.0

                            1 review

                            Dined on February 11, 2018

                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                            Fantastic in every way. I have been here for both dinner and brunch. Once on a date and once for a special occasion as part of a big family gathering. The service is outstanding, the food is outstanding, the soundtrack and ambience are amazing. No complaints at all, I highly recommend you go here.

                          30. OT

                            OpenTable Diner

                            Philadelphia

                            1 review

                            3.0

                            1 review

                            Dined on February 3, 2018

                            overall3food3service4ambience4

                            The atmosphere was vibrant and the service was professional, but the portions were way too small.

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                          Lil' Gem - Permanently Closed is rated 4.5 stars by 30 OpenTable diners

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                          This restaurant is permanently closed.

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