Want to Try This 16-Year-Old Chef's Food? That'll Be $160

Flynn McGarry's first NYC eatery opens Saturday
By Arden Dier,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 9, 2015 9:38 AM CDT
A screenshot of the Eureka website, where you can go in futile hopes of getting a reservation.   (eurekanyc.com)

(Newser) – You probably wouldn't pay $160 to have any 16-year-old cook you dinner, but you might if the teen in the chef's hat is Flynn McGarry. The self-taught chef and recent high school graduate's first New York City restaurant, Eureka, opens Saturday, the New York Post reports. It won't be easy to get in, and not just because there are only 12 seats in the place. Flynn has an impressive résumé for one so young, reports Food & Wine. His California supper club—also named Eureka after the street on which he used to live—landed his face on the cover of the New York Times Magazine at 15, and he's since worked at elite restaurants Maeemo in Norway and Geranium in Denmark. He also has a TED Talk under his belt and recently met Martha Stewart.

At his pop-up counter restaurant on a corner in the West Village, he'll serve 14-course tasting menus with a $160 price tag three nights a week. Among the dishes that may make the cut: seawater-brined sea urchin with carrot cremeaux and coffee-pickled carrots; a beet dish involving fermented beet butter; a tomato-lobster dumpling in rose-hips tea; and his signature peanut Ritz crackers with foie gras terrine and sour cherry compote. "Peanut butter and Ritz is everyone's favorite snack," Flynn tells Food & Wine, but that doesn't mean he loves making the dish. The crackers are "fun, but a pain in the ass. I make the ridges on each cracker with a toothpick," he says. The Eureka website has already crashed once, and reservations are sold out through mid-October. Flynn's very 16-year-old advice on Twitter, "Everyone needs to chiiiiiiiiiiilllllllllll out..."

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