While chef and television personality Anthony Bourdain has spent the past 16 years traversing the world (and tasting it one exotic dish at a time), his roots go all the way back to New York City where he commanded the kitchens at restaurants like the Supper Club, One Fifth Avenue, Sullivan’s and Brasserie Les Halles.
With so much of his time spent in New York City, it’s unsurprising that Bourdain has returned to familiar stomping grounds for Season 9, Episode 4 of “Parts Unknown.” After all, New York City is regarded by critics as the “best restaurant city in the world” — and Queens, the largest borough and most ethnically diverse urban area in the world, is the perfect setting to embark on a gastronomic adventure.
Here are 11 places in Queens featured in CNN’s “Parts Unknown.”
11. Corona: Ecuadorian Food Cart
The episode kicks off in the predominantly Hispanic neighborhood of Corona, where Bourdain pays a visit to an Ecuadorian food cart located on the corner of Warren St. and Roosevelt Ave. (off the Junction Blvd. stop on the 7 Train). Here, he chows down on a plate of morcilla (blood sausage), potato cakes and hornado, or “roast pork with sublime, crispy skin straight from heaven.”
A wide array of food carts decorate the neighborhood, and Bourdain notes that they are a “working class favorite” for people coming to and from their daily shifts. Within a mile of these carts, the food options also vary from Tibetan street food to Colombian arepas to Chinese BBQ carts in Flushing.