Gemma Restaurant, a Culinary Tribute to the Hamptons, Is Open on Henderson

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Add a bit of salt to the air and Henderson Avenue's newest joint might have you convinced it's just steps away from the beach at the Hamptons. If you've been there, that is. For the rest of us, Gemma Restaurant is everything we might imagine about the almost mythical beach get-away for richy-rich New York City residents.

From the blue accent walls to the white marble bar to the kitschy floral fabric lining the banquettes, it's a vision of a fancy beach village. But if you sip wine on this patio, you'll watch grackles waddling through a parking lot instead of seagulls swooping down to a sandy beach. But these trivial observations aside, Gemma is a welcome addition to this previously doomed pocket of Henderson Ave.

Just two doors down from Veritas Wine Room, Gemma Restaurant is open Wednesday through Sunday from 5 p.m. to 1 a.m., with fine dining all night. The dinner menu runs the geographical gamut, with Asian, Italian, Mediterranean and French items. In just one meal, you could order Baked Oysters, Bok Choy Salad and Pappardelle. None of the entrees break $30.

The seasonal cocktail menu isn't too far-fetched, with a few new spices or flavors added to old favorites and at the pretty standard prices of $10 to $12. Rosemary has been added to the salty dog, blood orange to the margarita. The wine selections are much more interesting, with a few Texan and Californian wines listed next to a line-up of obscure Italian and French choices.

At 10 p.m. the late-night menu goes into effect, limiting the culinary choices, without closing the kitchen. Which is good, because if you've had a few too many bottles of wine at Veritas, you can stumble into Gemma for a platter of Crudo or a scrumptious Duck Breast and Confit Leg.


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kergo1spaceship
kergo1spaceship

I read this again to make sure I read what I read........this place is everything I hate about the Northeast; actually, I moved down here to get away from the Biff and Buffy crowd. As a group, they actually have LESS to offer than the Tollway Trash crowd.  When my wife and I were young we thought about moving to Hyannis, Mass; place was crawling with yuppies and +ssholes! 


ps-I'd rather go to Cici's. 

notallofeastdallasislakewood
notallofeastdallasislakewood

Greg is 100% correct.  Gemma is already firing on all cylinders.  Service, drinks and food are all impeccable.  I suspect this will be a difficult reservation to grab soon.  Dallas is lucky the Yoders landed here.  Fried castelvetrano olives are the sleeper.

kergo1spaceship
kergo1spaceship

Awesome!  Will the staff be all blonde, replete with rampant racism, white Polo's, seersucker pants and "them" sweaters tied across the chest?  I go Cape Cod (similar to the Hampton's) every year to visit my brother and run into these folks, and I just have to bathe after I see them, or talk to them. What a weird and strange niche/theme. 

TheOneandOnly
TheOneandOnly

Wow, I forgot that the Hamptons are in such close cultural and geographic proximity to Dallas. I'm now moved to announce that I will be opening a bakery tribute to Yonkers in Forest Hills, and a DUMBO-inspired pretzel cart in Lakewood. You can take the subway to both places.

Greg820
Greg820

We went Friday night.  Excellent Food and Service.  Great cocktails, too.  No opening week jitters--they had it down solid.  Definitely worth a visit.

Greg820
Greg820

@kergo1spaceship  One could say the same thing about 20 Feet with it's northeasterner cuisine (or any french, vietnamese, thai, german, italian, etc, etc. places)  But if you actually take the time to visit the place, talk with the owner, and have a good meal one can possibly overcome one's uneducated prejudices.  

kergo1spaceship
kergo1spaceship

@Greg820 


Not much going on this week Greg?  Other themed restaurants are open this week (Magic Time Machine, Chuck E Cheese, Buffalo Wild Wings)!

kergo1spaceship
kergo1spaceship

@Greg820 


As a former denizen of the land of the Sounds, or Bay's as ya'll call it down here-I WILL NOT go to Dallas to experience Northeastern cuisine........sir, I will actually GO to said places on the eastern shore; also, I will not go to Terlingua and have crab cakes. Dude, you need a theme park, not a restaurant. Sir. 

Greg820
Greg820

@kergo1spaceship @Greg820  Scott Reitz, I know that you post as kergo1spaceship when you have had too much of your "cold medicine."  Now go sleep it off.

kergo1spaceship
kergo1spaceship

@Greg820 @kergo1spaceship 


Scott hates me, and methinks he reports me ugly posts directly to Joe.......who REALLY hates me.  I do enjoy "drank" or Lean thought, sir. 


Then again, maybe the Kergs and Reitzface are the same person?



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