#86: Flynn McGarry (Gem NYC)

Flynn McGarry on Pearl Anklets, Blue Striped Button-Downs, Rum and Tonic, and more.

Cool people like cool things, which is why we asked cool person Flynn McGarry to come on Perfectly Imperfect & redistribute his good taste.

New York City based chef Flynn McGarry became a star after seeing huge success from the various pop-ups he ran as a teen chef, even being labeled a “Prodigy” by The New Yorker in 2012 and profiled by Vogue. These days Flynn has shifted focus to his beautiful Lower East Side restaurant, Gem, where, as the owner and chef, he’s serving up an ever-changing ala carte dinner menu focused on local seafood and produce plucked at its peak. You can also stop by during the day for a light lunch & cup of coffee as well as wine, cider, beer, antique home goods, sauces, and seasonings. Flynn clearly has great taste and lucky for us, he’s here to talk about what he’s been into.

Without further ado

Flynn McGarry (instagram)

👔 Blue Striped Button-Downs

Every summer I choose a piece of clothing to wear until it falls apart. Last summer I found old dishwasher uniform pants and wore them essentially every day. This summer I've decided on the blue striped button down. Unbutton a few buttons and you give off the perfect look of "I left from the office so I’m late to this pool party” vibe. Right now my favorite is from my friends at another aspect, but I also purchased too many on eBay. 

🦪 Pearl Anklets

We have all been on the pearl necklace kick for quite a minute now. I myself have gone through many pearl phases. The anklet is the next step in your pearl based lifestyle. Right now I’ve been wearing mine over a sock with a slightly cropped jean and some Birkenstocks. The anklet is the perfect subtle way to let people know you’re not boring!


I went on a deep HGTV dive in the early pandemic times and find myself constantly going back. It has truly everything from strange homes that look like fruits to competitive antiquing. I put on flea market flip to fall asleep some nights, a show where “designers” take things from flea markets and somehow always make them significantly uglier.

🍹 Rum and Tonic

I usually rely on a martini or a Negroni, but when I want something a bit lighter, but still with some punch ive been reaching for a rum and tonic. You can try it with every kind of rum until you find the one that speaks to you. Just make sure to use a nice rum and a lot of lime. 

🧇 Waffles

I have always loved waffles. I think they’re the perfect sweet. There is nothing better than a crispy warm waffle with some whipped cream and berries and I am not taking arguments. We frankly don’t give them anywhere enough screen time and i'm disappointed in us all. 

Do yourself a favor and buy a waffle maker. 

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