Given all of his travels, what does Bourdain think New York needs? A giant food court, of course.
New York can hold its own with anyplace in terms of high-end restaurants, but it really suffers in comparison with places like Hong Kong and Singapore. Those food courts where you have 30 chefs all cooking one dish? Thats what were missing. Imagine if the Red Hook ball fields had running water and were somewhere like Wall Street where people actually worked? Are you telling me that wouldnt be huge?"
I still like to go to the Subway Inn sometimes. Its still kindve grimy. You have to Purell down aftewards.
I know the Corner Bistro isnt the best burger, but I love it. You go in the afternoon, and its the same regulars from the neighborhood that were there when I was cooking in that area in the seventies. The guys from the Lions Head, Montana theyre all there. You have to go at around 4 p.m. Thats really when a bar is most itself at night yuppie dickheads invade the place.
What I really crave when Im away from New York is a piece of New Yorkstyle utility pizza, which you can hold by the crust and will tip just a little and run a little grease down at the tip. My wife is Italian, but come on! Those people eat pizza with a knife and fork! She considers the Lombardis white-clam pie an abomination, but I really love it.