Where Anthony Bourdain eats when he's home from ‘Parts Unknown’

During the 10th season of "Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown," which debuted on CNN on Oct. 1, he'll visit Singapore, the French Alps, Puerto Rico, Seattle, Sri Lanka, Pittsburgh, southern Italy and Lagos, Nigeria.

But there's no place like home. Bourdain spoke with Variety to discuss some of his New York staples — fare he has to have whenever he wraps his travels and gets to spend some time in the city.

"When I'm away a long time," he says, "no matter how delicious the food, there are certain things that are unique to New York that I have to have right away."

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UNITED STATES - APRIL 12: Chef Anthony Bourdain has a drink at Tintol restaurant in Times Square. Bourdain, 49, is the star of 'Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations,' the Travel Channel series that's half travelogue and half food show. Traveling constantly for the show, on which he regularly grosses viewers out by eating such delicacies as fermented shark meat in Iceland - 'the smell alone would stop a rhinoceros in its tracks,' he says - means he's only in his Manhattan apartment a few days out of the month. (Photo by James Keivom/NY Daily News Archive via Getty Images)
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MIAMI BEACH, FL - FEBRUARY 26: Chef Anthony Bourdain does a cooking demonstration at the South Beach Food And Wine Festival on February 26, 2005 in Miami Beach, Florida. (Photo by Gustavo Caballero/Getty Images)
NEW YORK - APRIL 21: Chef Tom Colicchio and TV personality Anthony Bourdain attend the Food Bank For New York City's Sixth Annual Can-Do Awards at Abigail Kirsch's Pier Sixty at Chelsea Piers on April 21, 2009 in New York City (Photo by Jamie McCarthy/WireImage for BWR)
MIAMI BEACH, FL - FEBRUARY 28: Eric Ripert and Anthony Bourdain attend the 2010 South Beach Wine and Food Festival Grand Tasting Village on February 28, 2010 in Miami Beach, Florida. (Photo by Alexander Tamargo/Getty Images)
MIAMI BEACH, FL - JUNE 30: Anthony Bourdain discusses his book 'Medium Raw: A Bloody Valentine to the World of Food and the People Who Cook' presented by Books and Books at Lincoln Theatre on June 30, 2010 in Miami Beach, Florida. (Photo by Gustavo Caballero/Getty Images)
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NEW YORK, NY - MAY 19: TV personality Anthony Bourdain attends the Great Googa Mooga 2012 at Prospect Park on May 19, 2012 in New York City. (Photo by Ilya S. Savenok/Getty Images)
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MIAMI BEACH, FL - FEBRUARY 23: Anthony Bourdain attends the South Beach Wine and Food Festival 2013 Grand Tasting Village on February 23, 2013 in Miami Beach, Florida. (Photo by John Parra/Getty Images)
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NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 10: (L-R) Senior vice president for talent and content development Amy Entelis, Anthony Bourdain and Senior vice president of development and acquisitions Vinnie Malhotra attend the CNN Upfront 2014 at Skylight Modern on April 10, 2014 in New York City. 24679_002_0417.JPG (Photo by Bryan Bedder/WireImage for Turner Networks)
NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 04: Chef, Author and TV Personality Anthony Bourdain attends The 2015 Bronx Academy Of Letters Chefs' Tasting Benefit at The Edison Ballroom on March 4, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Ben Hider/Getty Images)
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NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 08: Author/chef Anthony Bourdain attends the 2015 Center For Fiction Benefit & Awards at The Metropolitan Club on December 8, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Mireya Acierto/Getty Images)
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"The first thing I get when I'm back in New York is a pastrami sandwich. Pastrami Queen (1125 Lexington Ave.) is a really good pastrami sandwich — if not the best, among the very best. Just a good, nice mix of fat and lean. It's the real deal, served warm on fresh, soft rye bread with the right kind of mustard. Good pickles. And they deliver — very happy with that. I get a cream soda. It's a quintessential New York meal for me."PASTRAMI

BURGER

"Chances are I haven't had a good burger if I've been out of the country. No matter how hard they try, they can't seem to get it right. For a good utility burger, Shake Shack (various locations) makes me very happy. Or the Burger Joint at the Parker Meridien (119 W. 56th St.). That will do just fine. As a default I'll go to Porter House (10 Columbus Circle), which is convenient to both work and where I live."

ASIAN

"If I'm meeting friends, chances are they are chefs, and they don't want a fancy dining experience. It's a good chance to go for some Korean barbecue in K-Town.
Or some yakitori. Torishin (362 W. 53rd St.) is very, very good yakitori, as is Yakitori Totto (251 W. 55th St.). Those are two places regularly on my cycle of places to visit. Mission Chinese (171 E. Broadway) is delicious — a good mix of eccentric, mixed-bag Chinese, faux Chinese and whatever else they feel like doing that day. I love it — always very tasty and good. And too much alcohol."

AT HOME

"For home, you know, some crappy breakfast cereal. Or bagels. Or bialy, even better. That's pretty much all I need."

"I don't like hipster, artisan coffee. I make Chock Full o'Nuts out of these huge cans. I make it on a Mr. Coffee. I pour it for myself in the cardboard cup because cardboard gives me that bodega taste that I've come to value. With a good hit of heavy cream in there. And that tastes like New York to me. Regular coffee, as we call it. None of that Mumford & Sons cold brew."

ANYTIME

"I'll get a dirty-water hot dog now and again, if I'm in the mood. That always makes me happy."

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NEW YORK - MARCH 31: Television personality Anthony Bourdain (R) and Ottavia Busia walk in the West Village on March 31, 2009 in New York City. (Photo by Ray Tamarra/Getty Images)
NEW YORK - MARCH 31: Television personality Anthony Bourdain (R) and Ottavia Busia walk in the West Village on March 31, 2009 in New York City. (Photo by Ray Tamarra/Getty Images)
NEW YORK - APRIL 21: Ottavia Busia and TV Personality Anthony Bourdain attend the Food Bank For New York City's Sixth Annual Can-Do Awards at Abigail Kirsch's Pier Sixty at Chelsea Piers on April 21, 2009 in New York City. (Photo by Jamie McCarthy/WireImage for BWR)
LOS ANGELES, CA - SEPTEMBER 12: Television personality Anthony Bourdain (R) and wife Ottavia Busia attend the 2009 Creative Arts Emmy Awards at Nokia Theatre LA Live on September 12, 2009 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK - JULY 30: Television personality Anthony Bourdain (R) and Ottavia Busia attend the 'Julie & Julia' premiere at the Ziegfeld Theatre on July 30, 2009 in New York City. (Photo by Ray Tamarra/Getty Images)
(L-R) Ottavia Busia and Chef Anthony Bourdain attend 'Have A Foodie Holiday' in partnership with Food Network, Cooking Channel and Illycafe at Barneys New York on November 16, 2010 in New York City. (Photo by Brian Killian/WireImage)
NEW YORK - APRIL 20: Ottavia Busia and Chef Anthony Bourdain attend the Food Bank for New York City's 8th Annual Can-Do Awards dinner at Abigail Kirsch�s Pier Sixty at Chelsea Piers on April 20, 2010 in New York City. (Photo by Jamie McCarthy/WireImage for Food Bank)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 23: Ottavia Busia and chef Anthony Bourdain attend the premiere of 'The Big Short' at Ziegfeld Theatre on November 23, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 15: Chef, author and television host Anthony Bourdain (R) and Ottavia Busia attend the 53rd annual CLIO awards at the American Museum of Natural History on May 15, 2012 in New York City. (Photo by Steve Mack/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 07: Ottavia Busia and Anthony Bourdain attend the launch of The Culinary Council at The Empire State Building on December 7, 2010 in New York City. (Photo by Andy Kropa/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 23: (L-R) Ottavia Busia and Anthony Bourdain attend 'The Big Short' New York screening Ziegfeld Theater on November 23, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Astrid Stawiarz/Getty Images)
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