Anthony Bourdain in Staten Island: 2 Spots Where Tony Ate

Affectionately known as “The Rock,” stuck out there somewhere between Brooklyn and Jersey, Staten Island never really had an identity to Anthony Bourdain, having only visited there twice in his life until he filmed an episode there. Thankfully all that is about to change, as he rides the ferry to meet with legendary New York Dolls frontman David Johansen to see what the food scene there is all about.

Anthony Bourdain visited Staten Island on-screen just once, to film his “Outer Boroughs” episode of No Reservations (season 5, episode 19). While he doesn’t spend a ton of time here, it’s a welcome change from his extensive explorations of Manhattan and shows that Staten Island too embodies much of the same ethos and cultural diversity as all of the other boroughs.

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Are you ready to explore The Rock and enjoy some of the same places visited by Anthony Bourdain in Staten Island? There a just a few options, making fro the perfect day trip to explore a different borough that most people – even New Yorkers like Tony – overlook. Let’s hop on the ferry, work up an appetite, and dig in.

Want to watch the episodes where Anthony Bourdain visits Staten Island?
The “Outer Boroughs” episode of No Reservations is available on Amazon and Apple TV.

In this post, I promote travel to a destination that is the traditional lands of the Mohican and Munsee Lenape peoples, among others. With respect, I make a formal land acknowledgment, extending my appreciation and respect to the past and present people of these lands. To learn more about the peoples who call these lands home, I invite you to explore Native Land.

New Asha Sri Lankan Restaurant

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Serving Sri Lankan, South Indian, and Pakistani cuisine to many of the island’s Buddhists, Muslims, and Hindus, as well as anybody who likes spicy Sri Lankan food, New Asha is the first stop for Bourdain and Johansen on Staten Island.

Whilst they have a sample platter consisting of a little bit of everything, of particular note is the spicy black curried goat, which is prepared in a manner similar to a traditional Indian curry but made spicier and richer by pan-roasting the spices prior to cooking in a process known as toasting.

Jade Island Restaurant

Anthony Bourdain in Staten Island - 4-O Platter
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What better to follow intense spice than with refreshing sweetness, as Johansen takes Tony to the Jade Island restaurant, a magnificent venue absolutely untouched by time, offering Chinese American chow & Polynesian fare served with exotic Tiki cocktails in a shopping center.       

Bourdain opts for a Headhunter cocktail, a fruit juice and rum concoction, though he freely admits he doesn’t really care what it is as long as it comes with an umbrella in it.

Together, they share the ominous-sounding Hawaii “4-O” combo platter, which includes chunks of fresh lobster, filet mignon, chicken, pork, and mixed vegetables, that comes complete with a small blue burning flame in the center of the serving dish to ensure a final toasty flavor prior to consumption.

While there aren’t many spots, do you have any questions about the places visited by Anthony Bourdain in Staten Island? Let me know in the comments below.

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Matt Young is a street food fanatic and world traveler, currently splitting his time between Europe and South East Asia.

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