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My search for the best corned beef/pastrami in New York continues….
Part of the deli experience is the deli man. There is even a documentary made about this cultural icon. While I was sitting at Ben’s Best Kosher Deli, I watched the owner Jay Parker walk around and joke with some of the diners. He never made it to my table, but in all fairness, it was an off-hour and I imagine he wanted to sit down and take a break. I also probably don’t put out the “talk to me” vibe when I’m out by myself. I’m trying to be incognito and get an unbiased taste of the food. (more…)
Now that I’ve eaten my way through somebody else’s list (Time Out New York), I’m ready to compile my own 100 spectacular things I’ve tasted in 2012. Look for another five dishes every few days.
NUMBER 55: HOT DOG at DOMINICK’S HOT DOG TRUCK
I’ve spent the last few years on this site dedicated to the foods that are most associated with New York. And there are so many iconic dishes, that the journey always continues for me. Some of these are classic bites, some are new versions, but all are deliciously New York.
Practically everybody who’s ever visited New York has tasted a hot dog from a mobile food vendor. And while most of those generic Sabrett carts throughout Midtown are probably more popular, they can’t compare to the perfect link I tasted from a big blue truck way out in the middle of Queens. Dominick’s has been serving steamed dogs for almost 50 years. Topped with mustard, peppery onions, and sauerkraut, the legendary street food bursts with juiciness and has a persistent salty meaty pop. Dominick’s dog may just be the most perfect version in New York. Price: $3
|DOMINICK’S HOT DOG TRUCK|
|Woodhaven Boulevard (near 67th Avenue),
Rego Park, Queens
My search for the best hot dog in New York continues….
It’s tough to think about hot dogs in New York without thinking about food carts. At one time, the best hot dog in New York was probably the one you got from a food cart on the street corner. Not so anymore. The best street food nowadays ranges from gourmet food trucks serving up waffles or Korean tacos to immigrant-run food carts serving everything from Caribbean rotis to Middle Eastern falafel. I should know. I run Food Cart Tours every week for Turnstile Tours (a sister company to Urban Oyster) and we don’t visit a single hot dog cart!
But I tell you, if we were to give a food cart tour of Queens (my friend Jeff Orlick already does one), I would try to figure out a way to include Dominick’s Hot Dog Truck on the route.