Your favorite writer, TV personality, and former chef Anthony Bourdain is working on a massive New York food market that will have stalls serving international street food, reports the NY Post. Tony’s seriously ’bout to stunt on Batali and Bastianich.
Bourdain tells Eater the dets:
“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 ofStraits 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.”
Bourdain has teamed up with New York entrepreneur Stephen Werther on the project. Werther tells the NY 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.”
The location has not been announced yet, but the NY Post‘s best guess is that the market might be a part of 3 World Trade Center or Hudson Yards. And if the project is a success, Bourdain might just expand it to other cities in the future.
As far as sexy robots, they are definitely a possibility.
— Anthony Bourdain (@Bourdain) January 9, 2014
Needless to say, we are psyched.