Anthony Bourdain

Chef, Author, TV Personality

New York

Chef, world traveler, bestselling author, public speaker, and star TV host on The Travel Channel, Anthony Bourdain is a man of many talents (and endeavors). He graduated from the renowned Culinary Institute of America and spent years helming kitchens in New York City. He’s written articles on food and cooking for publications including The New York Times, Food Arts and The New Yorker. In fact, The New Yorker piece led to Bourdain’s hugely successful book, Kitchen Confidential: Adventures in the Culinary Underbelly in 2000. The Travel Channel soon came courting, and Bourdain launched his popular TV series Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations in which he traveled the world eating local and often outrageous foods and discovering how people in different cultures live. After its successful run of nine seasons, No Reservations ended in fall 2012. In November 2011, the seasoned traveler added another series to his repertoire, The Layover. And in April 2013, he kicked off his new show Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown on CNN.

  • On October 19, 2012
    Anthony Bourdain answered the question: Anthony Bourdain

    What are Anthony Bourdain's favorite hotels?

    I travel so much and stay in so many hotels, but I have a few that I’m really loyal to and love. First and foremost, the Chateau Marmont in L.A. That’s the hotel I want to die at. You know, if I’m going to die in a hotel, I’d like it to be the Chateau. That to me is the perfect hotel, I feel most at home there and happy. I travel so much and stay in so many hotels, I really like to know where I am the second I open my eyes. I love The Raleigh in South Beach, too.

    But I also have a real fondness for Southeast Asian colonial-era hotels, like The Metropole in Hanoi and Raffles Grand Hotel d’Angkor in Siem Reap — those remnants of French and mostly British Empire in places like Penang and Sri Lanka. I love those.
  • On October 19, 2012
    Anthony Bourdain answered the question: Anthony Bourdain

    What are Anthony Bourdain's favorite places to visit?

    Hanoi fits in with my romantic notions of the East, my little boy fantasies of the way travel should be. Tokyo, I just love. I feel about Tokyo the way all chefs seem to — that it's really the mountaintop for pure food perfectionism and fetishism, as well as just being so wonderfully impenetrable. There will always be more to learn about Japan in general and Tokyo in particular. And I love Barcelona and Rome, for obvious reasons.
  • On October 19, 2012
    Anthony Bourdain answered the question: Anthony Bourdain

    What is the best New York City nightlife?

    I like The Distinguished Wakamba Lounge on Eighth Avenue. It's at about 39th Street around there on Eighth Avenue. That's one of the last and great dive bars.
  • On October 19, 2012
    Anthony Bourdain answered the question: Anthony Bourdain

    What is Anthony Bourdain's favorite bar in New York?

    I like The Distinguished Wakamba Lounge on Eighth Avenue. It’s at about 39th Street around there on Eighth Avenue. That’s one of the last and great dive bars.
  • On October 19, 2012
    Anthony Bourdain answered the question: Anthony Bourdain

    What are the best Italian restaurants in New York City?

    Favorite Italian restaurant… wow, it's a tough call. I like Marea on the high end. I love Cesare Casella's place Salumeria Rosi [Parmacotto] and that's much more causal. I love all of Mario Batali's places — Lupa is probably my favorite of his. There's so many.
  • On October 19, 2012
    Anthony Bourdain answered the question: Anthony Bourdain

    What is Anthony Bourdain's favorite Italian restaurant in New York?

    Favorite Italian restaurant… wow, it’s a tough call. I like Marea on the high-end. I love Cesare Casella’s place Salumeria Rosi [Parmacotto] and that’s much more causal. I love all of Mario Batali’s places — Lupa is probably my favorite of his. There’s so many.
  • On October 19, 2012
    Anthony Bourdain answered the question: Anthony Bourdain

    What are the best places to stay in New York City?

    The Mercer is a great place to hole up. I’m sentimental about the big old grand hotels like The St. Regis [New York]. Ace Hotel has a kooky, dark, dysfunctional charm to it that I really love. I think I like Ace most because they have two really great restaurants in it. The John Dory and The Breslin are both terrific places. It is a little laptop-y. Its lobby is clogged up with hipsters with laptops, but the food and drink options there more than make up for it.
  • On October 19, 2012
    Anthony Bourdain answered the question: Anthony Bourdain

    What are Anthony Bourdain's favorite New York hotels?

    The Mercer is a great place to hole up. I’m sentimental about the big old grand hotels like The St. Regis [New York]. Ace Hotel has a kooky, dark, dysfunctional charm to it that I really love. I think I like Ace most because they have two really great restaurants in it. The John Dory and The Breslin are both terrific places. It is a little laptop-y. Its lobby is clogged up with hipsters with laptops, but the food and drink options there more than make up for it.
  • On October 19, 2012
    Anthony Bourdain answered the question: Anthony Bourdain

    When is the best time to visit New York City?

    I like the fall, early autumn. It's crisp, the light is beautiful and everybody's kind of back to business. It's a good time to get things done.
  • On October 19, 2012
    Anthony Bourdain answered the question: Anthony Bourdain

    When is the best time to visit New York City?

    I like the fall, early autumn. It's crisp, the light is beautiful and everybody's kind of back to business. It's a good time to get things done.
  • On October 19, 2012
    Anthony Bourdain answered the question: Anthony Bourdain

    In what season does Anthony Bourdain think it is best to visit New York?

    I like the fall, early autumn. It’s crisp, the light is beautiful and everybody’s kind of back to business. It’s a good time to get things done.
  • On October 19, 2012
    Anthony Bourdain answered the question: Anthony Bourdain

    What are the best things to see and do in New York City?

    The restaurants in general — a good New York deli is a must and so is a great New York bar. I love the Bemelmans Bar at The Carlyle, I think that's sort of a must-see and such a New York thing to do. Central Park is still awesome. I like the Whitney [Museum of American Art].

    The West Village is great. I have mixed emotions about all the neighborhoods of New York now because they've changed in front of my eyes. I love the extreme Upper West Side around Riverside Drive. I find it quite beautiful with its European facades, and the monuments and the park — that's a good place to live. The Lower East Side, that's a love-hate relationship now. I live in "strollerville" over on the Upper East, but I don't have any particular deep love for the neighborhood.
  • On October 19, 2012
    Anthony Bourdain answered the question: Anthony Bourdain

    What are the best things to see and do in New York City?

    The restaurants in general — a good New York deli is a must and so is a great New York bar. I love the Bemelmans Bar at The Carlyle, I think that's sort of a must-see and such a New York thing to do. Central Park is still awesome. I like the Whitney [Museum of American Art].

    The West Village is great. I have mixed emotions about all the neighborhoods of New York now because they've changed in front of my eyes. I love the extreme Upper West Side around Riverside Drive. I find it quite beautiful with its European facades, and the monuments and the park — that's a good place to live. The Lower East Side, that's a love-hate relationship now. I live in "strollerville" over on the Upper East, but I don't have any particular deep love for the neighborhood.
  • On October 19, 2012
    Anthony Bourdain answered the question: Anthony Bourdain

    What are Anthony Bourdain's favorite things to visit in his hometown New York?

    The restaurants in general — a good New York deli is a must and so is a great New York bar. I love the Bemelmans Bar at The Carlyle, I think that’s sort of a must-see and such a New York thing to do. Central Park is still awesome. I like the Whitney [Museum of American Art].

    The West Village is great. I have mixed emotions about all the neighborhoods of New York now because they’ve changed in front of my eyes. I love the extreme Upper West Side around Riverside Drive. I find it quite beautiful with its European facades, and the monuments and the park — that’s a good place to live. The Lower East Side, that’s a love-hate relationship now. I live in “strollerville” over on the Upper East, but I don’t have any particular deep love for the neighborhood.
  • On October 17, 2012
    Anthony Bourdain answered the question: Anthony Bourdain

    What does Anthony Bourdain love most in a hotel?

    I don’t like an intimidating level of formality. You really feel at the Chateau [Marmont] that if you forgot to put pants on, and you went to breakfast nobody would begrudge you. They don’t say “Welcome back, Mr. Bourdain.” It’s “Hey, Tony, how ya doing.” I like that. And I don’t like oppressively over-designed or stylized places, with that sort of loungey-modern feel. I like old, classic, dark, homey. I think the Chateau does that just right.