Looks like celeb chef Anthony Bourdain has gone globetrotting in his own backyard, as the New Yorker has been shooting in the East Village and Lower East Side. John’s of 12th, the old-time Italian join on East 12th Street, posted a photo of everyone’s favorite bon vivant outside of the restaurant. The caption indicated he was filming “a segment of Parts Unknown coming this fall.” Oddball painter and performance artist Joe Coleman, a fixture of the ’80s East Village scene whom Bourdain called a “friend, inspiration legend” in a post of his own, was also in on the shoot.
Bourdain has posted several Instagram photos from his downtown tour, starting Sunday with a shot of himself and Kembra Pfahler, the horrorcore pioneer who recently took the stage at MoMA to reminisce about the downtown avant-garde.
On Monday, he paid a visit to Clayton Patterson’s Outlaw Art Museum on Essex Street, calling Patterson a “master archivist, street photographer of the Lower East Side.” Bourdain shared a photo of some of the hundreds of dope bags Patterson collected starting in the mid-1980s.
From there it was on to Max Fish, where Bourdain met up with legendary filmmakers Jim Jarmusch and Amos Poe as well as cult musician Kid Congo Powers of The Cramps and Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds. He also sat down with hip-hop pioneer and Basquiat champion Fab 5 Freddy.
It looks like Bourdain also paid a visit to the Slappy Sundays skate hang, now relocated from Astor Place to an area on Houston Street that has been nicknamed “Boca” (as in, a place where old folks go).
Update, April 5: Bourdain continued his tour Wednesday with a visit to the Museum of Reclaimed Urban Space, in the East Village:
Music impresario Danny Fields at Veselka:
And Harley Flanagan of the Cro-Mags at Ray’s Candy Store: