Street-certified Food God Anthony Bourdain plans to open a huge food market in New York City that will serve international street food from stalls. The exact location has yet to be announced, but Bourdan and entrepreneur Stephen Werther's are reportedly eyeing either Hudson Yards or 3 World Trade Center.
Bourdain elaborated on the endeavor in a statement to Eater:
I am indeed working on this project—carefully assembling a dream list of chefs, operators, street food and hawker legends from around the world—in hopes of bringing them together in one New York City space. As the greatest city in the world, I've long felt that we should have the kind of delicious, diverse food centers that Singapore ( for instance) enjoys. And, in fact, it is my hope that an important component of this project will be representatives of Straits hawker masters. My likes are pretty well known: dai pai dong in Hong Kong, Boqueria in Spain, hawker centers in Singapore, street tostadas in Ensenada. To the extent that I can help bring those things home to New York, along with a truly interesting collection of home grown innovators, I will be very, very pleased. If nothing else, I hope to soon be able to enjoy a really good Chicken Rice in NYC.
If this is successful, it could expand to other cities. Cook on, Tony. Cook on.