Back in April, Anthony Bourdain visited some of his old stomping grounds (and new ones) in the East Village and Lower East Side for an episode of Parts Unknown, chatting with numerous local characters along the way. It’s unclear what will happen with this and other episodes Bourdain was filming prior to his unexpected death last week, so we spoke with some of the featured artists and business owners about their experiences with a reporter and raconteur who was known for keeping it real.
After Anthony Bourdain visited Laut, Salil Mehta hoped more foodies — rather than the usual after-work crowd — would flock to his well-regarded Union Square restaurant. “So I started keeping pig intestines on the menu,” he told us. “And three weeks went by and only one person ordered it.”