This fall, globe-trotting food celebrity Anthony Bourdain is bringing his CNN series Parts Unknown back to New York, delving into the historic haunts of the East Village as well as some in LES.
In addition to visiting iconic restaurants, Bourdain will speak with storied figures of the downtown art, music, and culture scenes in the upcoming episode of the show. The celebrity chef teased some of his East Village and LES adventures on Instagram, including drinking egg creams with former Cro-Mags bassist Harley Flanagan — a key player in New York’s hardcore scene — at dessert institution Ray’s Candy Store, and dining with influential punk rock music industry executive Danny Fields at Veselka, the 24/7 Ukrainian stalwart.
Legendary red sauce Italian joint John’s of 12th Street also posted on Instagram that Bourdain had visited with artist Joe Coleman as part of the upcoming Parts Unknown episode. Coleman became a prominent painter and performance artist in East Village in the 1980s, and Bourdain called him a “friend, inspiration, legend” in a post.
Bourdain also made his way to longtime LES art bar Max Fish, where he sat down with filmmakers Jim Jarmusch and Amos Poe. Artist and hip-hop icon Fab Five Freddy also made an appearance in Bourdain’s downtown tour.
The Bourdain-hosted travel and food show launched on CNN in April 2013. During season nine of the series, Bourdain ate his way around Queens, visiting places like Yu Garden Dumpling House and Geo Si Gi. Season 11 will premiere some time this fall, but the exact date has not been announced yet.