Anthony Bourdain Spends “The Layover” on the Lower East Side

Posted on: November 29th, 2011 at 6:28 am by

Chef-host Anthony Bourdain’s newest show on the Travel Channel, The Layover, spent its second episode exploring New York City.  More specifically, what to do if stranded here en route for 24 hours.  Bourdain spends a chunk of time on our home turf in the Lower East Side, even though he admittedly never comes down here.

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Toward the end of last night’s show, which was obviously filmed over the summer, Bourdain grabs some kitchen necessities at Chef Restaurant Supply on the Bowery before meeting up with notorious restaurateur Eddie Huang at his now-defunct BaoHaus on Rivington Street. Huang waxes poetic about gentrification and about how once you have “cupcakes and trendy Asian sandwiches,” an area is considered fully gentrified. From there the duo head westward to Tammany Hall for some brew; a “disturbance” with the fuzz ended that adventure, and continued with NY Noodletown at 28 Bowery.

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There are plenty of visual shout-outs to the Lower East Side, so check out the reruns.

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Best Bourdain quote:

You know what’s great about New York? The threshold for citizenship as a New Yorker is actually pretty short. Like, if you come to New York and you still like it two years after you arrive here, and you still think it’s great and you’re having a good time, and you haven’t totally been ground down and go limping back to wherever the fuck you came from…then you’re in!

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