New York City Is Paying Tribute to Anthony Bourdain With a Pop-Up of His Now-Shuttered Les Halles Restaurant
It's been three years since Anthony Bourdain's death, and the legacy of the chef, author, and television personality is as strong as ever. Roadrunner: A Film About Anthony Bourdain premieres in theaters on July 16, and the documentary is just one way fans will be able to celebrate his memory this summer. In promotion of the film, Les Halles—the New York City brasserie where Bourdain launched his culinary career—is returning for one weekend.
Focus Features is teaming up with Resy to revive the legendary restaurant. From Friday, July 9, to Sunday, July 11, the pop-up will operate at Les Halles's original location at 411 Park Avenue South at 28th Street in Manhattan. The brasserie's original owner and co-founder Philippe Lajaunie and original executive chef and co-founder Jose de Meirelles consulted on the event's three-course menu. For $95, diners will get a classic brasserie meal consisting of French onion soup, steak frites with au poivre sauce, and their choice of dessert.
Anthony Bourdain became Les Halles's executive chef in 1998, and he highlighted his time there in his 2000 memoir Kitchen Confidential: Adventures in the Culinary Underbelly. The book turned him into a culinary superstar and paved the way for his travel shows A Cook's Tour, No Reservations, and Parts Unknown. Even as his career moved out of the kitchen, Bourdain maintained a relationship with the Park Avenue Les Halles until it closed in 2016. Fans made the shuttered location into a makeshift memorial following the news of his death in 2018.
To increase your chances of snagging a spot at the pop-up, you can go to Resy and sign up for “Notify” alerts today. Tickets will first become available to American Express card members with a card linked to their Resy account on June 22 at 10 a.m. EST before opening up to the general public 48 hours later on June 24.