Sunday, April 01, 2007

Play Ball Eat Dogs!
Willamena's New York City Tour of Top Hot Dog Spots

Baseball season '07 is here!

Whether you are a Met or Yankee fan, or just can't decide, there is a dog for you.
Of course trips to both Shea and Yankee stadiums provide opportunity to pick up some of the best hand-holding culinary creations (unless you are a sauerkraut fan, which is difficult to find at both.) But you don't need a ticket or the 7 or 4 train to get a great dog in New York City. This NYC tour is for those of you who don't have the luxury of a backyard grill or season tickets, but still want the best in the league.

So let's play ball and eat!

1.Old Homestead Steakhouse
56 9th Avenue

In a league where every dog is a hit with Willamena, she just can't bring herself to try the $19.00 Kobe dog at this Steakhouse.
Not because it doesn't sound delicious with its truffle infused mustard, Kobe beef chili, Vidalia onions and Chesire cheese, but what dog can pass up that cruncy delight that comes with most steaks here, the BONE. A fan of the $45.oo Gotham Rib Steak bone, she is waiting to try the $90.oo Porterhouse for two bone. (You can see how $19.00 is a bargain.)

2.Gray's Papaya
West 72nd & Broadway

From the city's most expensive to the dog to maybe the best deal. $3.50 gets you two hot dogs and a drink! There aren't any seats, and most likely you'll have to wait in line, but these are worth the drool.

You can also grab a coffee here for 25-cents from 6:00 to 11:00 a.m. Weird but the rest of the time Gray's doesn't have coffee.
Its open 24-hours so no craving comes at a bad time.
There are establishments with "papaya" in the name across Manhattan, but the original, Papaya King at 179 E. 86th Street, opened in 1932.

Here is another "Papaya" where you can down a dog for a dollar!
Chelsea Papaya
225 Seventh Avenue, near 23rd Street

3.Shake Shack
Madison Square Park, Madison & 23rd

You have two dog choices at this popular outdoor eatery. The Taxi Dog and the Chicago Dog. Taxi Dog sports kraut and onions while the Chicago dog is layered with neon relish, tomato, pickles, onion, cucumber, celery salt and mustard.
Since the burgers and custard and Pup-tini's (see Mena's previous blog entry) are also top rated, there is always a line here. You might want to check the wait via the live cam.

4. F & B
W 23rd Between 7th and 8th (seen here)
E 52nd Street between Lexington and 3rd Avenue

10 dog styles to choose from, including a smoked chicken dog with sweet corn relish. All in the two to three dollar range.

5. Brooklyn Diner

212 W. 57th Street (seen here)
155 W. 43rd Street

This $15.95 entree maybe should be up under the 20-dollar pick. This dog comes embellished with onion rings, homemade sauerkraut and sweet pickle relish.

6. Street Vendors
This one at 8th & 33rd near Madison Square Garden

And look, another on the very next block. 34th & 8th.
Dining with a view.
What more could you want? A deal? How about $1.50 per dog? Can you get a better deal in mid-town?

7. Nathan's
Coney Island, Brooklyn

Of course we didn't forget this famous place. And of course it's good, otherwise how could one person eat more than 50 of them in 12 minutes?
Being so busy preparing for baseball season, Mena didn't get to make it out to Coney Island, so I stepped in to help her out.
While April 1st is opening day of Baseball Season, it is also the first day of the season for Coney Island, though Nathan's remains open year round.
2007 marks history for AstroLand, as it will be its last. The Cyclone and the Ferris Wheel will remain, but the rest of the park will be closed for redevelopment.

*Bonus* Connecticut Favorite
Super Duper Weenie
Exit 24 off I-95, Fairfield, Connecticut

When Willamena visits her Connecticut vacation home, she likes to stop at Super Duper Weenie. This place started in a cart. It has grown into a regional favorite. The super smart sign also appears in various guide books and blogs.


Craig said...

Enjoyed the tour, Heather. My to do list now includes a stop at the grocery store to pick up some wieners for the grill tonight.

Heather Kovar said...

You lucky dog with a grill!

Anonymous said...

He needs to have a Cubs hat on. :-)

franx said...

You dog is very clever and I feel want to play with your daog.

Anonymous said...

What a wonderfully entertaining way to learn about some good eats and tasty treats?!! Great to see it through McMena's eyes.

Love it!! Will have to hit some of these joints when in the area.

Anonymous said...

This is the way to experience New York. I wish dogs were allowed on buses and subways. Willamena is a very thorough and discerning reporter!

Anonymous said...

A god eating a dog. What a concept. LOL Maybe, just maybe I will make it to the big apple some day. Is the smog there the same as in Los Angeles?

I hope spring has finally arrived for you. I hear some people are still having snow. YIKES! I guess that is why I live where I do!

Anonymous said...

I'm sure your pup would love to come to Scranton to see the Scranton-Wilkes Barre Yankees play (the Yankees minor league team). :)