Thursday, January 29, 2015

Midnight Snack 2.0

Late-night dining until 1a at Gemma


Happens all the time. Clock strikes midnight and we instinctively crave braised veal cheeks and Tokyo turnips. Maybe a nice cabernet to go with it.

Trouble is, most late night dining options feature a drive-thru window. And the closest thing to a sommelier is a kid in a hair net recommending a Big Red over the Dr Pepper.

That scenario can be happily avoided when Gemma opens next week, offering one of the scant few late-night fine dining menus in the city.

This ain't no place for Dollar Menu-naires, it's the perfect place to end an evening out while also tending to the next day's hangover. You'll dine like a real tycoon with arctic char tartare, baked oysters, lamb shoulder pappardelle, or duck breast and confit leg (pictured), each served until 1a.

Take a load off at a cozy table for two or enjoy the full dinner menu from a perch at the grey marble bar, where you'll be closer to the carefully curated selection of local craft beers.

At long last, counting sheep has been replaced by counting taps.

Photo by Kevin Marple

2323 Henderson Avenue, #109, Knox-Henderson
(214) 370-9428

Price: 3 (out of 4)
Best Bets: Baked oysters; littleneck clams with lemongrass broth; braised veal cheeks
Nearby: Hacienda on Henderson; Sushi Axiom; Capital Pub

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