Jan 10, 2014
Tim Lester

Today’s special: Anthony Bourdain plans massive NYC street food center – The Star-Ledger

A bit of Mario Batali’s Eataly with a lot of “No Reservations” attitude: Anthony Bourdain is planning a huge food hall for New York City that will gather top chefs and street food hawkers from around the globe under one roof — quite possibly 3 World Trade Center or the Far West Side’s Hudson Yards, the New York Post reports.

Bourdain, who now hosts “Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown” for CNN, tells Eater.com that he has “long felt that we should have the kind of delicious, diverse food centers that Singapore (for instance) enjoys.” (Read Kevin Kwan’s 2013 novel “Crazy Rich Asians” for a mouthwatering description of Singapore street food, but be warned: You might find yourself booking a ticket by page 120.)

“My likes are pretty well known: dai pai dong in Hong Kong, Boqueria in Spain, hawker centers in Singapore, street tostadas in Ensenada,” Bourdain continues. “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.”

While Bourdain is focusing on street food, Batali’s Eataly is more Italian market with open-air but restaurant-style eateries. A 25,000-square-foot French-style market selling fresh and prepared foods with two restaurant is in the works for Lower Manhattan’s Brookfield Place, as the World Financial Center is now known.


MORE FOOD CLICKS

• CNN explores Colorado’s boom in “haute pot cuisine” — newly-legal marijuana edibles including cannabis-infused peanut butter, truffles, olive oil and baklava. Meanwhile, a Colorado-based sushi chain is planning a pot-and-dinner pairing menu. Eatocracy/Time

• Scaling back on your budget but not your alcohol consumption in the new year? Here’s a list of the best budget bourbons, all under $10. Serious Eats

• The Star-Ledger Super Bowl fan guides have the skinny on the best budget and fine dining eats in Newark, Hoboken, Jersey City and beyond. The Star-Ledger

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