Eat and Drink Salt Bae spotted in New York, salting the Statue of Liberty Nusret Gökçe, a Turkish chef known as "Salt Bae," posted a photo of himself with the Statue of Liberty to his Instagram account Thursday morning. Photo Credit: nusr_et via Instagram By Nicole Levy firstname.lastname@example.org July 20, 2017 12:58 PM Print Share fbShare Tweet Email Is the Statue of Liberty the OG “Salt Bae”? The Turkish chef and social media sensation Nusret Gökçe is in New York City right now, ahead of the expected opening of his midtown steakhouse in September. A photograph posted to Instagram Thursday morning captures the man-turned-meme aping the national monument behind him with his signature salt sprinkling gesture. Gökçe, who owns and operates six steakhouses and four burger joints under the name Nusr-Et in Turkey and the United Arab Emirates, is reportedly planning to launch his steakhouse in the CBS building on West 53rd Street. The butcher and restaurateur is known for the mannered way he pitches and scatters his salt, the sensual way he handles his raw meat and his proclivity for dark shades and fitted white T-shirts. On his most recent trip to New York City this week (he also visited in March), Instagram videos show his fans — including construction workers in Times Square — mimicking his trademark move. Gökçe's restaurant chain did not immediately respond to a request for more information about his itinerary and his latest eatery's debut. By Nicole Levy email@example.com Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Comments We're revamping our Comments section. Learn more and share your input.