Last week the New York Post’s Page Six broke the exclusive news that chef, author, television personality and overall food connoisseur Anthony Bourdain plans to open a large-scale food market in New York City.
Known for his vast knowledge of international food and dining, Bourdain said in an email to Eater that he looks forward to bringing his culinary experiences home to his native New York City.
He said he is “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.”
He specifically cited Singapore street food, saying he hopes representatives of Straits hawker masters will be an important part of the food market project.
“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.”
— Anthony Bourdain (@Bourdain) January 6, 2014
Bourdain will be collaborating with Stephen Werther on the project. As CEO of the privately held, New York-based WiNK Retail Group, Werther is expected to lend his business knowledge to the venture. Werther foreshadowed plans leading up to the opening, and admitted to being a food enthusiast:
“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.”
Bourdain and Werther declined to disclose the market’s location, but said it’s part of a large development project. The Post speculates that it could be 3 World Trade Center or Hudson Yards.
— Anthony Bourdain (@Bourdain) January 9, 2014
Bourdain, who currently travels the world for CNN’s Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown, told Eater: “If nothing else, I hope to soon be able to enjoy a really good Chicken Rice in NYC.”
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