Everyone is anticipating your new, international food market in Lower Manhattan. Care to dish on what’s coming — venue, concept, offerings?
It’s about what turns me on. I’m a huge fan of Singapore and Hakka centers and the Asian-Hong Kong and Dai pai dong and the way that Singapore has been able to keep the integrity of their street food in a modern, germophobic world. I think it’d be very cool to have that in New York and I hope to riff on that model. I hope to have some great Singaporean and Southeast Asian and South American vendors and craftsmen bring in the kind of delicious food that many other people around the world see as a birthright and for one reason or another we really haven’t had. It’s a business model and style of eating that I think would be good for New York and even if I wasn’t involved with creating this space, it’s a place that I’d like to be a customer.
Somehow I missed the news in January.
As for location, the Post speculates on 3 World Trade Center or Hudson Yards. And while Singapore’s Hawker Center’s are a primary inspiration, he espects food from Spain, Hong Kong, and elsewhere as well.
Here’s my Introduction to Singapore’s Hawker Centers.
And here’s a 10 year old putting the smack down on Anthony Bourdain for his rough life.