Bourdain’s Big Apple Weekend

By Karen

Anthony Bourdain was just at the New York Wine and Food Festival, teaming with David Chang. Martha Stewart’s Living Radio Blog has a brief audio clip of Bourdain talking about Chang before their event.

It sold out to a crowd that wrapped around 4 blocks and was called, I Call Bullsh—! Here’s the New York Post review.

Metromix and Grub Street revealed more of what they said.

Tony was also interviewed by restaurant reviewer Frank Bruni, author of Born Round: The Secrets of a Full-Time Eater, and The Feed, Slashfood, and the New York Post reported.

And here are some photos of Bourdain and Bruni signing books at the event.

Steve Barnes, Table Hopping for the Times Union, has written a bunch of blog posts about Bourdain, and looks forward to Tony coming to town (Schenectady, NY) on November 15.

Tony’s was widely quoted on the demise of Gourmet magazine, and credits it for giving him his first big break as a writer. I guess this means his appearance with Eric Ripert at Gourmet’s 7th annual Gourmet Institute on October 23-25 is a no-go.

This Stop Willoughby enjoys playing a game with her son where they replace some character in a TV show with Bourdain. I could see Tony as Larry David in a traveling version of Curb Your Enthusiasm, doing a show within a show as Vic Chanko during unvarnished moments of filming No Res.

FNH (Food Network Humor) wrote a scathing — and hilarious — rebuttal to last week’s Wall Street Journal article about “rock star chefs” and personal appearances, calling it “one of the most ridiculous foodie articles in the history of the Internet.”

Also from the NY Wine and Food Fest, Jezebel posted a photo from one of Tony’s “nightmares.” Bonus: Scroll down to video of Sandra Lee making the Kwanzaa cake Bourdain can’t stop ranting about. This was the first time I’ve seen it, and must agree it’s a culinary train wreck. The finished product looks like what someone would do in a spoof of cooking shows.


11 Responses to Bourdain’s Big Apple Weekend

  1. Cindy says:

    While on the Food Network Humor site, you should check out Alton Brown’s meeting with Sandra Lee. He said she talked about removal of one of her moles. It really creeped him out.

  2. catsworking says:

    Cindy, I couldn’t find the Alton Brown bit, but I just read a bunch of the posts on Sandra Lee and laughed so hard I almost peed my pants. Her “wedding cake” with the cookies stuck all over it was an insult to holy matrimony.

  3. Bob says:

    Well looks like I am NYC bound!!!!!!

    Literally a half hour ago the GF won a contest for a trip for 2 to New York. We are going to be in attendance for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame 25th Anniversary Concert Series at Madison Square Garden!!

    So its a 4 day 3 night trip to Manhattan and I am sure that we will have a bit of time to fit Lunch in at Les Halles. Actually its going to be MUST DO, more than anything, Lunch or Supper there with a beer at Tony’s mid shift hang out Desmond’s to say that I was there!!

    So are we going to rally the troops for a lunch date at the end of the month??

    One other thing just as I go


  4. catsworking says:

    Bob, you are so lucky! I love NYC. This girlfriend has really been good luck for you.

    Of course you will let us know how the food at Les Halles is.

  5. Bob says:

    Hey Morgan…..
    Do me a favor and check your Facebook mail if you can.
    I just sent you a message..

  6. Adele says:

    Bob, most excellent news!! NYC and the Rock ‘n Roll Hall of Fame 25th Anniversary. There should be some fabulous performances there. And then Les Halles and Desmonds. You and the GF are a couple of lucky so and so’s. Depending on how much time you have, I’d suggest a trip to Katz’s Deli (a Bourdain fave) on the lower east side. Great corned beef and pastrami. And I love the lower east side — don’t laugh, but the Tenement Museum on Orchard Street is one of the most moving and interesting places I’ve been.

    Right now it would take a lottery or contest win to get me to NYC, but since Morgan lives in New Jersey, perhaps you can meet up and report. I look forward to hearing every detail.

  7. Adele says:

    Bob, just checked the performance lineup for the Rock ‘n Roll Hall of Fame concerts — will you be there both nights?

  8. Bob says:

    Yep Both Nights!!!

    Upgraded Lower Bowl tickets
    We are just trying to find out where we are staying, looking like its going to be the Doubletree Chelsea in Midtown Manhattan near the MSG and Empire State.

    Honestly its been really overwhelming finding out that we are going at the end of the month and trying to figure out where to go and what to do.

    Anything we do has to kinda be on the cheap, I did put a request in for David Letterman Tickets today. See what happens with that.

    I would love to go to Katz’s deli I downloaded a menu from there today!!

    I think we may try to take in a show on Broadway if time permits. One thing for sure we will NOT be eating at the Bubba Gump Shrimp Place.. Grrrrr

    Looking forward to a Recession Special at Grey’s Papaya, a steak at Les Halles and a slice of Utility Pizza…

  9. Adele says:

    Bob, there’s a Hot Tix booth right around Times Square. The lines are usually pretty long, but you can get half price tickets for almost any show. The other thing you could try is getting a copy of The New Yorker or Time Out New York. There are often good off-Broadway and off-off-Broadway plays, and the ticket prices are cheaper — you could also try accessing The Village Voice on line to see what’s playing.

  10. MorganLF says:

    Hey Bob just got your message. I will give you a few pointers for cheap fun stuff. Les Halles has a steak,frites,& salad entree that is really reasonable for NYC I think $17.00. I’ve never been but have also wanted to go. I’ll email you & maybe I’ll drive in & meet you. You want the Park Ave location that’s where Tony worked it’s cross town but not too far from your hotel (3/4 of a mile).

    For pure corny NYC fun head to to Rockefeller Center window shop, stop in at St. Patrick’s Cathedral (free). Eye ball the great Art Deco buildings maybe take a tour of NBC studios (30 Rock) or Radio City. People watch, check out the skaters at the famous Rockefeller Center rink while grabbing a hot chocolate. That is all in the general area you will be in(within a mile) and inexpensive. There are lots of bars in Chelsea and free galleries and shopping you may just want to explore outside your hotel. I love Chelsea.

    The lower east side is another idea, it’s not walkable from the hotel but you can take transportation and its a great area to explore, I’ve not been there in years. Orchard Street was THE place for bargain shopping.

    I’ll be in touch.

  11. Bob says:


    Thanks for all of the great tips, I downloaded the menus for Katz’s and Les Halles and looks like the 17 dollar special will be the order of the day. Probably an economy cut of steak but the way Bourdain is always ranting about flank, and hanger steaks how could I go in there and order a rib eye???

    Looks like we will be arriving in the city by 1 30 or so Wed afternoon. So by the time we get to our hotel and get sorted out we would have to be pretty quick on our feet to get into a Broadway show.
    But hey that’s why tickets go on sale right, last min shoppers.. So maybe we will get lucky???

    I have absolutely no idea of where we are staying accept for a note in our CAA guide book. I really do want to spend some time just wandering taking it all in. This is going to be our 1 year anniversary trip so I want it to be special NO PRESSURE. LOL

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