Sunday, July 19, 2015

Hey Tony!

I was wondering the side streets of lower Manhattan, headed into the financial disctrict when I stumbled across LesHalles.  One of many old school French restaurants in New York City.  What sets this one apart is a former chef.  Tony lead the kitchen for a decade, dealing with his personal demons, writing a couple of crime novels and then a book about life in a restaurant kitchen, "Kitchen Confidential."  That book launched Anthony Bourdain as a celebrity.  First is was interviews about the book, and life in the back of the house, then TV came calling.  A Cooks Tour was quickly followed by No Reservations, and now Parts Unknown. I love his writing style, a mix of exploring the local culture and politics through the lens of local food and drink.  I had already had lunch when I came across LesHalles, I will have to go back again.

1 comment:

  1. We ate there when he was on the stoves; not stupendous, but very satisfying straight-ahead bistro fare. We also saw him speak at a book signing years later;he's the most charismatic guy going. A woman in the audience thanked him for inducing her to return to meat after years as a vegetarian. He said, "My work on this planet is now done."