Chicagoans like their hot dogs topped with tomatoes, peppers, relish, and a whole pickle. Koreans apparently like theirs topped with…more meat. At the inconspicuously-named New York Hot Dog & Coffee (245 Bleecker St., Manhattan–map) in the West Village you can experience this cholesterol heaven without crossing the Pacific.
For $5.99, try the Bulgogi hot dog. This isn’t your finger-sized frank from the corner Sabrett cart. It’s a fat, spicy beef sausage in a seven inch hoagie roll topped with copious marinated beef strips, sautéed onions, and pickles. It’s a challenge to fit that all in your mouth, but once you do the mixture of sweet, salty, and spicy flavors is divine. If you’re not a beef fan, get a chicken sausage with chicken, vegetable curry, or kimchi on top.
I was tipped off to the Bulgogi sensation by an article in the New York Times that claimed the dog cost $4.99, so I was apoplectic when I saw they’d hiked the price…until I tried the dog. Then all was bliss—it’s worth the extra buck.
One word of warning: if you spring for the full meal (an extra two bucks for spicy fries, chips, or soft-serve and a drink), skip the fries. They’re reheated and soggy and will only detract from your meat gorging experience.