The foodie grapevine is buzzing with news of celebrity chef Anthony Bourdain’s plans to open a major food market at Pier 57 in Manhattan. At 155,000 square feet, Bourdain Market will be the largest in NYC, dwarfing other major food vendors by several times over. The destination, still a few years yet in the making, will be a culinary wonderland of street foods, homestyle dishes, and delicacies from around the world, essentially enabling folks to embark on a gastronomic journey without leaving Manhattan. Bourdain’s reputation as a chef, traveler, and seeker of authentic food culture is certainly a boon to the market, which he plans to oversee. And, of course, it’s no surprise that he’s named it after himself.
The culinary bad boy’s future domain will encompass the main concourse and mezzanine level of the so-called SuperPier anti-mall being developed by Youngwoo and Associates. Bourdain and his partners confirmed to the New York Times that they’ve subleased the space for what the chef says is akin to “an Asian night market.”
It will be about two years before Bourdain Market is ready to open for business. The plan currently involves over 100 food vendors including fishmongers, butchers, and bakers, as well as variety of food carts. Eventually, the space will also feature at least one full-service restaurant, although there are no details about what that might offer. One thing that is clear, however, is that the offerings at Bourdain Market will represent ethnic foods from all around the globe, unlike another food market run by a certain other celebrity chef. Visitors will be able to sample homestyle Mexican dishes right alongside Singaporan noodles in one place, within a central communal eating space. This is likely to inspire some diners to reenact scenes from their favorite episodes of No Reservations, but it’s not likely Bourdain will be too upset about that as long as they are eating, drinking and, of course, spending money.
Via The New York Times