Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations

Season 3 Episode 8

New York

Aired Monday 10:00 PM Aug 06, 2007 on Travel Channel
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New York
Tony Bourdain has always loved New York, but recently he has become disillusioned with the tourist destination that New York has become. So, with the help of Andrew Zimmern, a New York yellow taxi and others; Tony tries to discover the heart and soul of the city he has always loved.moreless

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  • Shows me a New York I haven't seen!

    Having been born and raised in the greatest city on Earth, and even being the same age as Anthony Bourdain, I could understand his dismay at the Disneyesque turn and fast food haven that Times Square has become. Where's the sleaze, the hookers, the trash, the muggers? Is there anything left of old New York? Tony then promises to take us to a town that only the hard-working slobs know about. The show starts in Little Russia and ends in Little Tokyo, and we are treated to a few eateries and activities that, arguably, most of us have never heard of, seen, felt, experienced, or tasted.

    But, I was hoping for more. I wanted Tony to bump into people he didn't know, without them being aware of the camera, his fame, or the show, and let them take him to places that even he has never seen. No such luck. We're shown interesting and tasty, but, ultimately, typical eateries. He even takes us to places where only his well-heeled friends go. But, I don't consider TV stars and 3-star chefs in the same vein as taxi drivers, accountants, and street cleaners, which is the reason this episode was something of a disappointment to this New Yorker.moreless

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  • TRIVIA (0)

  • QUOTES (2)

    • Tony: (to Andrew Zimmern) Listen dude, you can be that informative on your show. This show is all about me. Generally, me going like this (takes bite) "Mmmm that's really good." And, that's really all the context I provide. So, stop making me look bad.
      Andrew: If you're eating on No Reservations the bottom line is shut up and eat.
      Tony: That's my new catch phrase.

    • Tony: (about Times Square) How did this become a theme park? How did this become Disney World? Where's the sleaze?

  • NOTES (1)

    • This episode was part of a crossover special between Anthony Bourdain and Andrew Zimmern's Bizarre Foods. While both aired in their regular time slots, it was advertised as Zimmern & Bourdain: New York.


    • Tony: Watchin' the tube the other day and there's Sex and the City, and I'm thinking who are these women? Who lives like that? And how come in that one episode, Sarah Jessica Parker wouldn't let go of that trapeze?

      The episode Tony is referring to is from season 6, "The Catch."

    • Tony: (at the gun range) You talkin' to me? You talkin' to me?

      This is a popular movie quote from the New York based film, Taxi Driver. It has reached iconic status and is closely associated with Robert De Niro, the actor who spoke the line in the 1976 movie. It appears as number 10 on the American Film Institutes list of all time best movie lines.

    • Tony: (at the National nightclub) And with it the song stylings of Bon Jovski. "Livin' on a Prayer. . ."

      It is unclear in the episode whether the performer Tony is referring to is a Russian impersonator or if Tony is making one of his witty comments. Regardless, Tony is referring to Jon Bon Jovi, lead singer for the band Bon Jovi. One of their largest hits was the aforementioned "Livin' on a Prayer."