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An opening date has yet to be announced, but the space will include between 40 and 50 'single-concept stalls'
Anthony Bourdain is channeling his serious love of street food into an all-out international food bazaar in New York City.
Anthony Bourdain and his business partner Stephen Werthen are planning an enormous street food emporium that will serve diverse snacks from all over the world. Bourdain told Eater that the innovative food market will include “a dream list of chefs, operators, street food, and hawker legends from around the world,” and might expand to other cities if things go well.
According to Departures, Bourdain’s new food project will have “40 to 50 single-concept stalls,” each offering one or two specialties.
Although a location has not been announced, the space is expected to be divided into three major sections: a group of stalls dedicated to Asian street food (especially Singapore and Malaysia, “where each of the chefs will present a family dish passed down from generations”), a rotating “geographic spotlight” that will change throughout the year, and finally, a selection of gourmet street food from international and domestic chefs.
Although we still don’t know when or where the food hall will open, Werthen told Departures that the space has a clear vision: “authentic and theatrical but not Disney-like.”
Karen Lo is an associate editor at The Daily Meal. Follow her on Twitter @appleplexy.
What’s the Deal With Anthony Bourdain’s NYC Food Market?
When news broke in early 2014 that Anthony Bourdain was working on a New York food hall project, the internet basically exploded. And for good reason: What could be better than a massive culinary marketplace curated by Mr. International himself? After years of following his endless travels on No Reservations and Parts Unknown, fans would finally be able to taste some of the dishes they’d watched him marvel over in far-off places.
Inspired by Singapore’s famed hawker centers, bustling open-air complexes that offer a diverse array of the nation’s beloved street food, Bourdain Market is a massive undertaking: It’s said to be costing around $60 million and is promising as many as 100 different food stalls manned by vendors from around the world, as well as meat and fish counters and a sit-down restaurant there have also been mentions of “a farmers market, an oyster bar, a rooftop beer garden, a tapas bar, and a bakery.”
Initial renderings posted to the @bourdainmarket Instagram are vague, but promising nonetheless:
Specific vendors already confirmed include the operator of the La Guerrerense tostada cart in Ensenada, Mexico, Singapore's Geylang Claypot Rice, and, more locally, NYC’s April Bloomfield and Ken Friedman (the duo behind enduring West Village hot spot Spotted Pig, among other projects). Bourdain has a lengthy wishlist of other dishes he’d like to see on offer at the market, including Hainanese chicken and rice, roast goose from Hong Kong, and Malaysian laksa.
Further ensuring that the market will be a major draw for tourists and locals alike, Bourdain has promised late-night hours there may even be karaoke and film screenings.
So where exactly will this street food mecca be located? After months of initial rumors and speculation, in mid-2015 it was revealed that the gargantuan Bourdain Market was headed to the Meatpacking District’s Pier 57, a pier on the Hudson River that used to be a bus depot and is currently undergoing massive renovations to be transformed into a mixed-use development. (Google has already signed a lease there.)
But now, rumors are swirling that Bourdain Market may not move into Pier 57 after all: Bourdain and co. have yet to actually sign a lease there, and sources indicate the developers may be eyeing nearby Gansevoort Market as a backup plan.
In any case, it seems they’ve got plenty of time to get things worked out: Bourdain Market’s website now gives 2019 as its targeted opening date. (The market was previously projected to open in 2015, and then 2017.) Bourdain fully realizes expectations for this project are sky-high, and is determined to get it right — and beyond getting this gigantic project built, there’s also the issue of securing international visas for all the vendors.
One thing is (almost) certain, however: Whenever and wherever it finally does open, Bourdain Market will be worth the wait. In the meantime, there’s a Bourdain Market app coming in January 2017 that should help ramp up anticipation even further.
Anthony Bourdain’s NYC Food Hall To Open in 2017
In early 2015 I wrote about chef and TV host Anthony Bourdain’s New York City food hall opening this year . In the middle of the year it was announced that the Bourdain Market would be located at Pier 57 and Hudson River Park.
Kim and I happen to love food halls and have been looking forward to Bourdain’s offering, a take on an Asian hawker market. However, now it looks like we’ll all have to wait a bit longer for it to open.
According to Grub Street, Bourdain Market won’t be opening for around two years. That means we’re looking at a 2017 opening.
The market will be pretty big- 155,000 square feet and will still be at Pier 57.
Bourdain Market will feature 100 vendors selling retail and wholesale. There will also be a good mix from NY, around the US and the world!
The article mentions a couple of impressive vendors already lined up. Xi’an Famous Foods will have a space there and The Spotted Pig’s April Bloomfield & Ken Friedman will have two stalls. Other known international vendors which I’ve never heard of will also have a presence in the hall.
I don’t know about you, but I’m still looking forward to checking out Bourdain Market. I’ll just have to wait a little longer.
Six dishes we can’t wait to try
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Shandong dumplings and hand-pulled noodles from Au Chun, a Michelin Bib Gourmand shop making fresh dumplings daily in Hong Kong.
Hainanese chicken rice from Boon Tong Kee, a Singaporean Chinatown stall-turned-chain serving the classic poached chicken with rice cooked in chicken broth.
Claypot from Geylang Claypot Rice, a 2016 Michelin Plate restaurant that cooks charred rice, chicken, fish, sausage, vegetables—you name it—in traditional clay pots some 40 years on in Singapore.
Char kuey teow from Googgle Man’s Char Kuey Teow, a popular Penang spot where chef Ah Guan uses charcoal heat to give the noodles-and-prawns dish a smoky wok hei or “dragon’s breath.”
Roti prata from Springleaf Prata Place, aka roti canai, aka South Indian flatbread typically served with curry dipping sauce—great for breakfast (or at 2 a.m.).
All the meats from Blood Bros. BBQ, a Houston-area restaurant that does Texas barbecue with a Chinese and Vietnamese twist.
First Look: Anthony Bourdain's New York City Food Hall
Upper East Side resident and world-famous food guy Anthony Bourdain is planning a massive food market somewhere in Manhattan, and Eater NY reports that it will be created by one of our favorite design duos: Stephen Alesch and Robin Standefer of Roman and Williams. The designers shared a sketch of the plans via Instagram two months ago, but it flew under the radar until this week. The place will have a Blade Runner-inspired design and a "crazy-looking" floorplan with a farmers market and an "authentic hawker center" of food stalls.
The location of the highly anticipated market has not yet been announced3 World Trade Center was once rumored, but that building is years away from completionbut it will be huge and include outdoor space. Eater NY writes, "The farmers market section will house a produce market, a butcher shop, a bakery and a pastry shop, a tapas bar, a tea shop, and a 1,500 square-foot oyster bar, none of which will be 'the usual suspects' (whoever those are). Outside there will also be an Asian-influenced beer garden."
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Yesterday an assortment of major new details emerged about Bourdain Market, the huge international food hall that Parts Unknown host/writer/all around food celebrity Anthony Bourdain plans to open in New York within the next year. Speaking at the World Street Food Congress in Singapore, Bourdain's business partner Stephen Werther revealed, among other things, that the food hall will take its design cues from Blade Runner, and include a farmers market with an oyster bar, bakery, tapas bar, and much more. Following the announcement, Werther did an interview with the Business Times, which means that this morning we have even more details to add to the pile.
First, and by far most importantly, Werther reveals that the location of the food hall, which so far has been a tightly kept secret, will be announced in just a few weeks. The space, he says, is about 100,000 square feet total, and will house around 100 vendors, which is twice what Bourdain said it would hold last year. It's also now slated to open in early 2016, though previous reports had it opening this year. Werther also says that the promised beer garden will be a rooftop beer garden. Surely all these facts together must give some clue of where Bourdain Market will be (if you think you know, drop us a line).
Meanwhile, it sounds like the vendors still mostly haven't been decided on, but Werther promises, as Bourdain has before, that the focus is on authenticity. That means some vendors will serve food for just a few weeks, others will relocate permanently from their home country, and still others will just come over to train the staff for their stall.
As Bourdain has said before, there will also be a different "Global Spotlight" in the market every quarter. This will focus on a city that Bourdain has visited on one of his shows, and, says Werther, "we will work with the tourism boards to create a complete experience of the place. Not just prepared food or packaged food but serving ware, cookware, cookbooks, cooking demos, everything to promote the area."
Also, for those curious, Werther reveals that the whole project will cost over $20 or $30 million, but that "there were more people willing to finance it than we need."
Anthony Bourdain is Opening a Huge, $60M Food Market in New York
Bourdain Market will open in 2017, and it&rsquos expecting 20,000 visitors a day.
It’s confirmed: Anthony Bourdain will bring an enormous food market to New York City within the next couple of years. The outspoken host of travel shows such as the iconic “No Reservations” and “Parts Unknown” told the New York Times that he’ll be opening Bourdain Market at Pier 57 on the Hudson River. Though this project was announced awhile back — and was one of if not the most anticipated projects in a recent trend of food hall resurgence — these new details undoubtedly ratchet up that excitement.
Bourdain Market will channel the new ways that people like to eat now, Bourdain says, explaining: “They want to be at counters and communal tables. They want heat and funk and chicken wings that set their hair on fire. They’re as quick to brag about the greatest $3 bowl of laksa as a dinner at Ducasse. That’s what I want to create for New York.” As his business partner Stephen Werther points out, that’s essentially a description of Bourdain’s shows come to life.
And it will be even larger than life. The space at Pier 57 clocks in at an unreal 155,000 square feet, making it the largest food hall in New York by far. After a $60 million installation, it’ll include a full-service restaurant (whose operator has not yet been named), as well as food stalls operated by about 100 retail and wholesale vendors. These include New York restaurateurs April Bloomfield and Ken Friedman (the duo behind The Spotted Pig) and several confirmed international vendors such as Singapore’s Geylang Claypot Rice and Mexico’s tostada expert Sabina Bandera. Sydney’s historic butcher shop Victor Churchill will also arrive from Australia.
The idea, Bourdain says, is to recreate the chaos of a night market with its hawkers, communal dining, late-night hours, and entertainment like karaoke and Asian pop performers. And given the scale of the Bourdain Market’s own ambitions, it’s perhaps unsurprising that Bourdain and his partners expect to see it packed with shoppers, diners, and tourists alike — they’re estimating 20,000 visitors per day.
Though this announcement shows that Bourdain Market is moving right along, it’s still expected to take another two years or so to open. But in the meantime, get excited and stay tuned for more details to unfold between now and 2017.
Update On Anthony Bourdain’s New York Food Hall
The food hall will be an ambitious project, featuring vendors both local and from around the world. With Kim and I being fans of food halls and markets, we look forward to visiting Bourdain’s when it opens in a couple of years.
News about the project has been relatively quiet recently. Here are some updates about what’s going on with the Anthony Bourdain New York Food Hall.
The project has been give preliminary approval from the Manhattan Borough President’s office, City Council and City Planning Commission. The public will soon get to voice their opinion about it at a public hearing.
The food hall, which will be located at Pier 57 will also have a Google office and a huge 80,000 square-foot rooftop park. Sounds pretty cool so far.
Work is supposed to begin on the project in 2016 with an opening date now being pushed back to 2018. Delays, delays…
Bourdain Food Hall will have over 100 vendors from all around the world.
Here are some that are already signed up:
- Geylang Claypot Rice – Singapore
- Sabina Bendera – (operator’s of La Guerrerense tostada cart)- Ensenada, Mexic
- Victor Churchill Butcher Shop – Australia
- Ken Friedman & April Bloomfield – NYC (The Spotted Pig) will have two stalls
- The Street Vendor Project -will “curate a dozen stalls” from around NYC. ( Eater )
The project sounds amazing. I just wish that the opening date didn’t keep getting pushed back! I also wonder if Anthony Bourdain will control/ curate one of the stalls at the market or will be just have input into the overall project.
Find out more including renderings and sketches of the market from Eater here .
Vital New Details About Anthony Bourdain's Food Hall, Bourdain Market
Stephen Werther, the entrepreneur who’s working with Anthony Bourdain to open Bourdain Market, his wildly anticipated New York City food hall, was in Singapore yesterday, to speak before the World Street Food Congress. This is the annual conference hosted by KF Seetoh, the Singaporean street food authority who is helping the duo plan Bourdain Market. At one time, Bourdain himself was expected to reveal new details about his mega food hall at the conference, but instead it was Werther who made the appearance. Still, just as hoped, he unleashed a lot of juicy new facts. Here they are:
The “crazy-looking” floor plan shows that the space will be divided into a farmers market and an “authentic hawker center” of food stalls.
Don’t expect that hawker center to be slick and orderly. “It is meant to be crowded and chaotic because that’s what hawker centres should be,” Werther told the crowd. It might even be “more chaotic than how the hawkers markets are organized [in Singapore].”
Do expect to wait in line: “New York’s idea of street food,” Werther says, is “new versions of what we call fast casual. And that’s not what this is. It might be casual, but it’s not fast.” To that end, “Yes, you should stand in line. Why not? It took them a long time to make it, you should be willing to wait in line to buy it.”
The farmers market section will house a produce market, a butcher shop, a bakery and a pastry shop, a tapas bar, a tea shop, and a 1,500 square-foot oyster bar, none of which will be “the usual suspects” (whoever those are). Outside there will also be an Asian-influenced beer garden.
The space will take its design inspiration from Blade Runner and the back alleys of Tokyo, among other things.
To maintain quality, the duo are, as promised, trying to enlist veteran street food vendors from cities across the world. But they also reserve the right to kick out vendors who aren’t meeting their standards at any time, even after just a few weeks.
Anthony Bourdain’s mega food hall set to open later this year
A cheesy Croque Monsieur from France, fresh lamb noodles from China and a spicy chicken tagine from Morocco—all in one place.
Though details about Anthony Bourdain’s newest New York-based global street food marketplace have remained tightly guarded, it seems that shoppers might be able to taste this world of treats later this year.
Eater, which previously reported that the foodie mecca will be located at the newly developed 3 World Trade Center and have approximately 40 to 50 stalls from around the world, said that market will open in 2015. The concept stalls will each specialize in one or two dishes of "gourmet street food."
Bourdain, who has made a living traveling the world in search of the most tantalizing exotic eats, revealed to the Wall Street Journal that the aptly named 'Bourdain Market' will “carry a wide variety of inexpensive food in a communal dining hall.”
He is hoping to feature Jason Wang of New York City’s Xi’an Famous Foods as a vendor in the new space.
Will Bourdain's international market be as successful as Mario Batali's Eataly? We'll have to taste and see, but first we need to find out more.
Anthony Bourdain's plans for an Eataly-style food hall have hit another snag
Bourdain told Travel + Leisure he merely goes "limp" when he's stuck behind slow travelers. "I don’t get angry, I don’t tap my feet, I don’t huff and puff or glare at people." (Reuters)
Anthony Bourdain won’t be opening a Singapore-style food hall in New York City — at least not anytime soon.
The celebrity chef and TV personality, 61, recently confessed that the project, which he first proposed five years ago, has pretty much come to a halt.
“Launching what is admittedly a very ambitious venture has proven to be challenging at every turn,” Bourdain revealed to Eater late last week. “It seems increasingly clear that in spite of my best efforts, the stars may not align at Pier 57 which is an especially complicated site for which we still do not have a lease.”
Bourdain Market was said to be opening at NYC's Pier 57 — or the "SuperPier" — in 2019. (Google Street View)
Bourdain’s plans for a food hall were announced four years ago, with Bourdain’s team hoping to “introduce Americans to Singapore-style street food” and “give young chefs a showcase to strut their stuff,” reported the New York Post. A representative for Bourdain and his business partner Stephen Werther had even told the Post that “every big developer in the city” wanted to house Bourdain’s market.
As of May 2015, sources close to the project revealed that Bourdain was eyeing Pier 57, a former passenger terminal on Manhattan’s west side, and New York Governor Andrew Cuomo confirmed as much in a statement released in December of that year.
According to sources for Eater, however, Bourdain never formally signed any paperwork to secure a space at the “SuperPier,” and now the fate of Bourdain’s food hall — which was to be dubbed “Bourdain Market,” as the Wall Street Journal revealed — is uncertain.
Bourdain, meanwhile, still believes there’s a market for a Singaporean-inspired food hall, but it’s unclear if he plans to pursue the project any further.
“I promised a certain kind of market to New Yorkers and to potential vendors, and if that vision becomes clouded, diluted or compromised, it is no longer something that our city needs,” he told Eater last week. “I remain hopeful that New York will someday have such a market — I still passionately wish to create this resource that New Yorkers deserve.”
RXR Realty, one of the developers of the retail space at Pier 57, told Eater that it is “in advanced negotiations” with other retail and restaurant concepts.