Celebrity Chef Anthony Bourdain going back into the restaurant business! Has Gourmets everywhere drooling and restaurant owners in NY shaking with fear! Chef, author, gastronomic explorer, TV personality and professional cynic Anthony Bourdain is getting back into the biz! He confirmed to the New York Post that he has signed a deal to open a large-scale food market in Manhattan. People who have been following his latest CNN show “Parts Unknown” know his passion for international street food. So he plans to incorporate cuisines from all around the world as well as to” give young chefs a showcase to strut their stuff” and “introduce Americans to European and Asian-style street food”.
For his latest venture Bourdain teamed up with NY society personality and entrepreneur Stephen Werther, CEO of WiNK Retail Group – fashionistas among us probably know his hip stores in lower Manhattan; Art buffs his uber-cool Bleecker Street Arts Club.
Werther told the New York Post “We are ready to go with the concept, so we are going to be doing some very cool and unexpected pop-ups between now and the opening . . . showcasing different parts of what will be incorporated into the final big market. I am a huge foodie, so you can only imagine how much fun this project is to work on.”
Location and opening date is still a hot secret, but best guesses are either Hudson Yards or 3 World Trade Center.
Bourdain confirms to Eater NY “I am indeed working on this project—carefully assembling a dream list of chefs, operators, street food and hawker legends from around the world—in hopes of bringing them together in one New York City space. As the greatest city in the world, I’ve long felt that we should have the kind of delicious, diverse food centers that Singapore (for instance) enjoys. And, in fact, it is my hope that an important component of this project will be representatives of Straits hawker masters. My likes are pretty well known: dai pai dong in Hong Kong, Boqueria in Spain, hawker centers in Singapore, street tostadas in Ensenada. To the extent that I can help bring those things home to New York, along with a truly interesting collection of home grown innovators, I will be very, very pleased. If nothing else, I hope to soon be able to enjoy a really good Chicken Rice in NYC.”
Stay tuned for more details on this new project as they become available!
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