If you don’t know who Anthony Bourdain is you’re probably not into traveling, or food, or anything that has to do with being an all around awesome person, but if for some excusable reason you don’t know, Mr. Bourdain is a former drug addict, party boy chef, turned famous writer slash travel television show host. Bourdain has one of the best jobs you could hope for, traveling the world, eating the finest foods and taking in every culture on the planet.
After all of the success of his travel shows and books, Bourdain is taking on a new challenge and bringing New York City the ultimate worldly restaurant. He plans to hand pick his favorite dishes from all corners of the globe and offer them to the public at what he is calling Bourdain Market.
Anthony Bourdain’s is at least a year-and-a-half away from opening at the 57 Pier location in New York City. But you can keep up with the project with the newly established instagram account chronicling the planning of the new food hall. The account is beautifully put together with possible vendors and dishes being considered for the menu. As if that wasn’t enough Anthony shares a 10-dish wish list for the market via The List App. Bourdain describes the list: “Dishes from my travels that I want, badly, for my eventual market in NYC. These are the dishes, as prepared by the original vendors, that we need and deserve.” Heres the shortlist (scroll down for the link with photos)
— White pepper crab from JB Ah Meng in Singapore
— Octopus and cod ceviche tostada from La Guerrerense in Ensenada, Mexico
— Hainanese Chicken Rice from Tian Tian Hainanese Chicken Rice in Singapore
— Noodle Soup with brisket and shrimp wontons from Mak’s Noodle Shop in Hong Kong
— Dim Sum from Tim Ho Wan in Hong Kong
— Bun Thai from The Lunch Lady in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
— Geylang claypot rice from 649 Geylang Claypot Rice in Singapore
— Roast goose and barbecued pork from Joy Hing Roasted Meats in Hong Kong
— Char Kway Teow from Hill Street Fried Kway Teow in Singapore
— Sarawak laksa from Choon Hui Cafe in Kuching, Malaysia
Head over to The List App for the photos of these dishes, and follow the @bourdainmarket Instagram account. P When all is said and done, Bourdain Market will have over 100 vendors from around the globe.
At 155,000 square feet, this will likely be New York’s largest food hall and by far the most vast menu. In addition to prepared food stalls staffed by vendors from around the world, Bourdain Market will also have meat and fish butcher counters as well as a space for a large sit-down restaurant area overlooking the main section of the hall.
Bourdain Market will be open late. “Think of an Asian night market,” Bourdain notes. “Eating and drinking at midnight.” The market might also host karaoke and film screenings.
The market will cost about $60 million when all is said and done. Bourdain has a very specific vibe in mind: “It will be all transparent and authentic…not sterile, but chaotic in a good way, with hawkers and vendors and places to eat. Where in this city can you have that?”