Thanks to the DVR, Steve and I watched this past Monday's episode of Anthony Bourdain's No Reservations. Thanks to notices on Facebook, I knew that Monday's episode was a special titled, "Disappearing Manhattan." I had to watch this episode. The old places in NY are what make NY the city that it is. They are cathedrals to the old way of doing things where people took time to do things the right, careful, perfect, and proud way. I couldn't wait to see what places Bourdain deemed worthy of praise and the spotlight on his show.
I was tickled pink to see that out of the eleven places he visited, I've been to three - Katz's Delicatessen, Heidelberg, and Eisenberg's Sandwiches. If you recall, I recently had the pleasure of eating at Eisenberg's for the first time last week. I found a clip of the show on YouTube that includes the Eisenberg's segment. Coincidentally, this clip also includes the segments for Katz's and Heidelberg. The Eisenberg section starts at the 3:40 mark of the video. Take a peek and see what I got to enjoy last week.
Tony also visited several places I know about but haven't been able to get myself to yet such as Russ & Daughters and Manganaro's. I agree with Tony and hope that places like these don't disappear from NYC. While I love shopping at Trader Joe's, I also visit the locally owned foodstores in my neighborhood because they provide the flavor and without them, Brooklyn really would be a cookie-cutter suburb instead of the unique urban suburb (can it be both?) that it is.