In the days after Anthony Bourdain's untimely death last Friday, fans and admirers all over the world (including here at the Thrillist) have dedicated emotional tributes and other passionate remembrances to the beloved author, television host, and ex-cook turned food icon. In New York, fans have created a poignant memorial at the now-shuttered Brasserie Les Halles, where Bourdain served as executive chef for years -- and where many of the stories in his breakthrough memoir, Kitchen Confidential, were set.
As of Monday, hundreds of people have visited and left handwritten notes, trinkets, flowers, and other offerings (someone even left booze and cigarettes) outside the restaurant at Park Avenue and 29th Street, which closed its doors after bankruptcy in 2017. Bourdain became executive chef there in 1998 and remained there -- either officially as executive chef or unofficially as "chef-at-large" -- through at least the early part of 2014. For that reason, it's one of the few public places where people can mourn Bourdain, much like how people mourned Steve Jobs with similar makeshift memorials at Apple stores.