Brooklyn Bridge Park at sunrise - photo by Lukas Schlagenhauf under CC BY-ND 2.0
Brooklyn Bridge Park at sunrise - photo by Lukas Schlagenhauf under CC BY-ND 2.0

BROOKLYN: ALL OF THE RESTAURANTS PICKED BY ANTHONY BOURDAIN ON NO RESERVATIONS

When Anthony Bourdain visited Brooklyn on his show No Reservations – Anthony Bourdain Brooklyn Season 9 Episode 10 (originally aired November 5, 2012), he visited and tested many restaurants. Here are all the addresses and the dishes showcased in a convenient list.

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DISH – Caribbean Cuisine – Anthony Bourdain Brooklyn

WHAT IS IT?

Caribbean cuisine generally has the following main ingredients: rice, beans, chickpeas, plantains, cassava, sweet potatoes, culantro, tomatoes, bell peppers, coconut, beef, pork, fish and poultry. Stewed oxtail and curried goat are popular examples of Caribbean cuisine, and they are often served with a side of rice or peas.

WHERE IS IT? – Anthony Bourdain Brooklyn

Gloria’s Caribbean Cuisine
764 Nostrand Ave
Brooklyn, NY

NOTES

Gloria’s serves a specialty beverage called Seamoss. It is a mix of powdered dried deep-water seaweed, mint, cinnamon and other spices. Michael H. Williams, one of Anthony Bourdain’s guides in this episode, refers to the Seamoss as a “very potent liquid meal”.

DISH – Thai Cuisine – Anthony Bourdain Brooklyn

WHAT IS IT?

Thai cuisine is known for its light preparation, strong aromatic elements and spicy edge. Kai Yaang Tua is a roasted hen stuffed and seasoned with lemongrass, garlic, pepper and cilantro. Khao Man Som Tam is a spicy green papaya salad, traditionally prepared using a mortar and pestle. Muu Paa Kham Waan is pork neck rubbed with garlic, coriander root and black pepper, which is then grilled and served with a sauce of spicy chili, lime and garlic. Laap Meuang is a spicy dish of hand-minced pork mixed with aromatics.

WHERE IS IT? – Anthony Bourdain Brooklyn

Pok Pok NY
117 Columbia St
Brooklyn, NY

NOTES

Pok Pok NY was a Brooklyn restaurant that specialized in Northern Thai food. It bowed out of the restaurant scene on September 2, 2018. Its chef-owner, Andy Ricker, has many cookbooks available, and they are fascinating.

DISH – Italian-American Cuisine – Anthony Bourdain Brooklyn

WHAT IS IT?

Italian-American cuisine is largely influenced by the cooking traditions of immigrants from Southern Italy. Italian-American cuisine staples include the use of dry pasta, tomato sauce and olive oil as evident in Lobster Fra Diavolo, which is lobster, shrimp, mussels, clams, and spicy marinara served on top of pasta. The use of tomato sauce on Italian-American cooking is further evident on seafood dishes, like fresh clams and fried calamari, that are often served with Italian red sauce.

WHERE IS IT? – Anthony Bourdain Brooklyn    

Randazzo’s Clam Bar
2017 Emmons Ave
Brooklyn, NY

NOTES

Randazzo’s Clam Bar is a long-time Italian seafood restaurant that serves raw bar food and red-sauce meals.

DISH – New American Cuisine – Anthony Bourdain Brooklyn

WHAT IS IT?

New American cuisine is typically served in upscale restaurants in the USA. This fusion type cuisine mixes American cooking techniques with foreign and molecular gastronomy elements. It gives a different twist to dishes like sweetbread, razor clams, celtuce (a cross between celery and lettuce), ravioli, duck, and steak.

WHERE IS IT? – Anthony Bourdain Brooklyn

Blanca
261 Moore St
Brooklyn, NY

NOTES

Blanca is an intimate, reservation-only, upscale, open kitchen restaurant that serves an ever-changing tasting menu of New American dishes. It serves only 12 people each night.

DISH – Russian Cuisine – Anthony Bourdain Brooklyn

WHAT IS IT?

Russian cuisine takes in various Russian culinary traditions with influences from Caucasian, Northern and Eastern European, Siberian, East Asian, and Central Asian ethnicities. It is founded on peasant food, with soups, salads, porridge, meat, fish, vegetables, desserts and pastries as staples.

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WHERE IS IT? – Anthony Bourdain Brooklyn

Primorski Restaurant
282 Brighton Beach Ave # B
Brooklyn, NY

NOTES

Primorski was a Russian restaurant that served Eastern European dishes, like blinis with caviar, Russian roasted suckling pig and dolma (grape leaves stuffed with ground lamb and rice with yogurt sauce for dipping). The restaurant has since closed its doors.

DISH – French-Japanese Fusion Cuisine – Anthony Bourdain Brooklyn

WHAT IS IT?

French-Japanese fusion cuisine is characterized by French food served in the Japanese style. Examples of dishes include fluke with radish, octopus with cucumber and smoked paprika, King salmon with trout roe, and lightly smoked cod roe with crispy potato and caviar.

WHERE IS IT? – Anthony Bourdain Brooklyn

The Chef’s Table at Brooklyn Fare
431 W 37th St
New York, NY

NOTES

Chef’s Table at Brooklyn Fare was originally located in Brooklyn before it relocated to the Hell’s Kitchen area of New York City. It is a renowned French-Japanese fusion restaurant that serves an upscale 20-course tasting menu that varies depending on the available ingredients.