As a season traveler who has globe trotted the world many times over, Bourdain has transit through some of the world’s biggest airport hubs. Instead of lounging around the airport hotel, he sets out to explore each city in the short span of time he has. His itineraries, completely off the beaten track and all completed within a matter of transit hours, are mini-trips of a lifetime. No nonsense and budget friendly, Bourdain reveals insider tips that only the most seasoned travelers would know.
Watch as Tony quickly gathers local secrets while under a highly caffeinated sense of urgency as he gets off the tired old tourist path and tries something new, all within a short matter of hours, in the following episodes of Anthony Bourdain: The Layover:
New York City
In this episode of The Layover, Tony takes on his hometown of New York City (NYC). Having lived and explored the city for years, Tony’s better equipped than anybody to show even the most novice traveler how to explore this, diverse and fast paced city. Instead of the typical tourist traps, he visits some of the city’s hidden gems; while hanging with his chef friends, David Chang and Eddie Huang. Along the way, he looks at art over martinis, eats mutant hot dogs, and waits on line for gay ice cream. In addition to sampling some of the best food and cocktails to be had here, he also offers essential tips on how to best navigate the public transit and takes us to some of the most interesting and unique places to shop and hang out if you’re only here for a short time.
In this episode of The Layover, Tony finds himself in Singapore. The city is a melting pot of cultures and ethnicities that all come together over a national obsession for food. Tony goes on a 24-hour journey tasting, trying and experiencing everything Singapore has to offer. Along the way Tony’s friends show him a hyper modern city of glass skyscrapers that still manages to hold its roots around the simple and excellent food of hawker centers.
In this episode Tony finds himself on a Layover in the fast paced city and fascinating city of Hong Kong…in the middle of summer. Sweltering heat, oppressive smog, and intermittent rain, add some sardonic twists to Tony’s travels to the Far East. After finding a 24-hour tailor to make him a sharkskin ‘gangster inspired suit’, he takes every type of public transit that exists in this town, and truly does ‘see’ the city like a local would. Halfway through his whirlwind tour, Tony joins in the Hong Kongers habit of falling asleep all over the place and is found passed out on a ferry ride back to the mainland -- and we feel how the power of jet lag, coupled with the heat, and the endless energy pervading this city, can make you need a nap wherever you can get it.
It is a buttoned up frozen place for much of the year but during the few months of warm weather the city lets loose. Good chef friends like Martin Picard and Dave McMillian expose Tony to the wild, exciting and proud culture of Montreal. Along the way Tony sees firsthand how intrinsic the local environment is to a Montrealer’s food and fun.
In this episode, Tony finds himself on a Layover in Miami, one of his favorite American cities. We feel like we’re along for the ride with him in his red corvette that he loves, ‘in a one night stand kind of way’. This episode is full of hilarity, as Tony takes in South Beach Art Deco architecture and then spots some bikini clad rollerblading while cruising in his convertible (Miami Vice style); but it’s also poignant and enticing as it reveals what the less touristy, local Cuban and Caribbean neighborhoods have to offer; that make up a large part of this sprawling melting pot of a city.
In this episode of The Layover, Tony travels to London, England to catch up with old chef friends Marco Pierre White and Fergus Henderson. Along the way he picks up a taxidermy treat from a very curious shop, visits his favourite hidden dive bar known only to its eccentric members and wakes up covered in last night’s street food. Tony is no stranger to London but he successfully finds the stranger parts of the city in his short Layover.
In this episode, Tony has just over 30-hours to explore the Eternal City. He sets off to explore and eat as much as he can in a whirlwind tour, from the banks of the Tiber River, and deep into the crooked ancient alleyways. Using classic Roman modes of transport, traveling with tiny Vespa wheels, trolley tracks, and of course by foot, he dives into Roman culture and explains the do’s and don’ts of traditions, both ancient and fashionably new. From classic espresso, a bowl of steaming Caccio e Pepe, to a stream of Negronis, Tony takes in Rome from dusk till way after dark.
It's always an awkward moment when people ask, "What's your favorite restaurant in Los Angeles?" In this episode of The Layover, Tony has 48 hours to answer that question and find the best that LA has to offer. A huge city with ethnic enclaves spread out over 468 square miles, Tony's prepared to do a lot of driving. First, he treks to Atwater Village for a killer breakfast burrito, then goes to the heart of Korea Town for ‘hangover food’ with Roy Choi. Later, the guys from Animal treat Tony to chicken hearts, rabbit legs and pigtails. When it's finally time to ‘hide out and hole up,’ it's off to his favourite hotel in the world, the Chateau Marmont.
On this episode of The Layover Tony finds himself in San Francisco. The city is known for being a crunchy, vegan card toting haven for tree hugging grass eaters. Tony discovers with help from Chef friends Danny Bowien and Chris Consentino that San Francisco is actually a ‘bare knuckled two fisted drinking town,’ where you can get a great meal of raw juicy meat for under USD20 dollars.