Whelks, mentioned in Andrew's sign-off, are large sea snails often eaten in the British Isles.
Andrew remarks that the Jewel Dako gets its fresh seafood directly from the Tsukiji Market in Tokyo, Japan. Andrew had visited the Tsukiji Market when he visited Japan.
Andrew tries durian (a fruit), but he is unable to eat it. This is the second time we've seen him attempt to eat durian. He was also unable to enjoy it in the pilot episode. Although this time, he's at least able to swallow his first bite (he spits out his second bite--the same reaction he had in the pilot).
Anthony: I give him one season.
Anthony: That's where the cooks are. Any chimpanzee could grill a sirloin. Where's artistry in that? Where's the cooking in that? It takes some trial and error and some time to make something as beautiful as this.
Anthony: (yelling at Andrew): Hey, TV Guy! More cook, less talk!
Andrew: What's next for me? Grilled guinea pig in Ecuador? Whelks in Wales? Who knows, but you know what I say, if it looks good, eat it!
Andrew: Oh, my god, it has a picture of my mother-in-law on the label! (about Mother-in-Law Mustard)
Andrew: I've gone up the food chain a bit. (remarking to Peter about his life since bologna sandwiches
Anthony: I'm awake now! That's jet fuel! (after tasting moonshine)
Anthony: I give him one season... (about Andrew's series)
Anthony: Looks like my kind of place.
Andrew:(notices smoking sign) Your kind of sign...
Andrew: Now, remember everyone, bugs and insects are great protein sources. They're low in fat and low in cholesterol too. And, in general, bugs taste like what they eat.
Anthony: You know, food at its best, somebody's talking to you. Somebody's communicating their whole history, their culture, even their individual personality.
Andrew: So many people these days are drowning out the flavor of good tarantula with a lot of unnecessary spices.
Gene: I haven't experienced many people saying that. You're the first.
(Andrew and Anthony are holding a ziplog bag filled with meat)
Anthony: This is the mystery meat I got from a stranger in a bar.
Neal: Pronghorn tenderloin, sounds like a good name for a band.
Anthony: Now, my policy is any time a stranger hands you meat of indeterminate providence in a plastic bag in a bar you've never been...
Anthony: Sounds like lunch.
Three Rules of the Carnegie Deli:
1. If you can put your mouth around it, I made a mistake.
2. You can't leave until you finish your sandwich.
3. If you can finish it, I made a mistake.
Sanford Levine Owner, Carnegie Deli
Jack Lamb Owner, Jewel Bako
"Steel" Neal Borowsky Artist and Poet
Gene Rurka Exotic food chef and farmer
Clark Wakabayashi Publisher/Author
Alice Wong Publisher/Author
This episode was aired in conjunction with Anthony Bourdain's No Reservations. The two programs were aired back to back (in their regular time slots), but were advertised under the title Zimmern & Bourdain: New York.