Anthony Bourdain spends 24 hours in his hometown, NYC, the city that never sleeps. We picked a selection of Tony’s best tips from The Layover: New York episode -- be sure to check them out before your next trip.
“We have 3 major airports: JFK, LaGuardia and Newark out in New Jersey. They all pretty much suck, and it’s a pain compared to a lot of other cities getting to and from them on anything even resembling mass transportation (the smartest way to go, in my opinion, especially if you have luggage). Look for signs for ground transportation, get on the taxi line and take a yellow cab.”
First Order of Business
"Go to a hotel and drop your bags … wandering around NYC with even an overnight bag is just … I don’t know … it’s just not done.”
“Never look anyone in the eye on the NYC subway system, it’s not a safety issue anymore, but it’s really just polite.”
“Know this … 4 p.m. is shift change for the great majority of New York cabbies. Usually they are all on the way home and will only maybe pick you up if you are going their way. It can be very tough around this time to find a cab.”
What to Eat
“Personally, if I had only one night in New York … these days I’d probably come here. Date night at the Bourdains … here. Takashi on Hudson Street in the West Village is my favorite new restaurant in New York.”
Recommended Books From Kitchen Arts & Letters
One of Tony’s favorite bookstores has one of the largest food- and drink-based book collections all in one shop. Tony buys a stack of new releases:
On Food and Cooking, Harold McGee
The Whole Beast, Fergus Henderson
When You Lunch With the Emperor, Ludwig Bemelmans
La Bonne Table, Ludwig Bemelmans
The Belly of Paris, Emile Zola
Tony’s Shopping List From Chef Restaurant Supply
Cutting board ... all for under $50.
Want more information on Tony's trip to New York? Check out our episode guide.