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Jan 9, 2014 11:51 AM

Anthony Bourdain Hawker Center in the Works

Sounds like it would be pretty interesting.

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  1. If as authentic as I'm sure it will be, sounds like I could spend the day there!

    1. That's a tall order. Will be interesting to watch.

      1. That is fantastic. I like his choice of neighborhoods. Maybe it will bring some more interesting food establishments downtown.

        1. I like Anthony Bourdain as an entertainer and I thought he knew better, but is there no recognition among Manhattan Chowhounders by now that if you want the food and flavors of foreign cultures you need to go there?

          It is such a pity that TV foodie stars don't throw their weight and money behind redeveloping a local indigenous New York cuisine based on reviving local indigenous ingredients. Instead, the food options just get more and more denatured, inauthentic and sterile. It's a sort of downward spiral where people need more and more stimulation, gimmicks and tricks because the food they are eating is not remotely part of their actual environment, so they claw at anything in hopes of finding some real satisfaction in eating where they are.

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          1. re: barberinibee

            I think that's a little over the top. It would be nice to have something different to sample without jumping on a plane and going somewhere for a week or more. There is PLENTY of NY indigenous food out there already, and plenty of room for something besides that too.

            1. re: coll

              I'm afraid I have to agree with coll, barber. For a good deal of people food is one way to travel the world without leaving home and for many people that's the best they can do, or do right now. I was enjoying Greek food long before I ever made it there and when I did it was an incredible experience.

              Food transports, why be offended. Many people from around the globe have settled in NY and brought their food culture with them. Thank goodness they do!

              1. re: HillJ

                I think you're all right. Melting pot, foods of the world, armchair travelers, local, indigenous food, it's all good.

                1. re: sandiasingh

                  The part barberinbee wrote here: "It's a sort of downward spiral where people need more and more stimulation, gimmicks and tricks because the food they are eating is not remotely part of their actual environment,...

                  This did not resonate with me. I've traveled enough to encounter similar gimmicks & tricks placed upon 'tourists' to know this is a global, human condition.

            2. re: barberinibee

              So...we're not allowed to import anything?

              1. re: barberinibee

                Wow thanks. People who can't afford to travel should just stay in their hovels

                1. re: barberinibee

                  NYC is the "melting pot", made up of many ethnicities. That's what NYC is all about. So, Bourdain just wants to give a taste of that. But then again you're the guy who doesn't want to eat pasta in NY because it's overcooked ( or maybe your Italian friends said that), which is not a raid statement. Many of those guys cooking pasta are from Italy, and will make it al dente.
                  Macrobiotics rule of thumb is to only eat what is in your environment.i.e. don't eat oranges in Alaska and don't eat seal in Florida. They say it makes you live longer to abide by that.

                  1. re: barberinibee

                    "a local indigenous New York cuisine based on reviving local indigenous ingredients."

                    What does this mean though?

                    I feel like the green markets are booming, but part of that is farmers growing new varietals, not just lost ones.

                    You can't possibly mean pizza, and pastrami, and NY Strips, and cheesecakes. Maybe this is about egg creams or knishes? I hate to jump on, but frankly, a lot of those things aren't sure shot home runs in New York, and it's sad when tourists visit and skip out on great food to chase after what they think are New York cuisines. To me, New York cuisine has to include some crossroad of the world flavors.

                    1. re: sugartoof

                      barberinlbee suggested the korean food center in the "what says ny" thread, so maybe there's a misunderstanding here?

                      1. re: sugartoof

                        If so, I hope barberinbee comes back to this thread with additional comments. I'd be interested to learn more.

                  2. I think its a fantastic idea, we have wondered why something like a Hawker Center was never opened in NYC. Yes, the culture of eating in SIN is different but, there are huge numbers of foodies and grazers in the city. The flushing food mall does well, as does the korean food court on 32d. The question is where best in the city this would work. Presumably downtown somewhere. It would have to be large, so that there are many options, but not so large that the rent breaks the tenants. I volunteer as an official taster.

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                    1. re: comiendosiempre

                      Where do I sign up to become an official taster volunteer?