N, R at 8th St.-NYU; 6 at Astor Pl.
This venue is closed.
This Asian-inspired hot dog joint is an import from Vancouver, where the popular food carts around the city inspire lines 100-people deep. Thankfully, the first U.S. offshoot is a sit-down locale that’s capable of handling rather enormous late-night masses of hungry revelers. On any given night, the restaurant’s brightly colored orange tables are crammed with enthusiastic hot dog connoisseurs. With twelve different kinds of Japanese-fusion hot dogs, chances are there’s an option to suit every palate. From potato croquettes to rice, deep-fried pork cutlets, edamame, and even caviar, the toppings are eclectic. The croquette, a pork-sausage dog garnished with fried cabbage and two large fried potato rolls, is an ideal post-drinking meal that’s hearty enough to feed two. Chili dog lovers will appreciate the aptly named Love Meat option, which is a pork sausage topped with an indulgent combination of beef and pork and then a healthy layer of melted cheese, for good measure. The hot dogs lean towards the excessive, with one topping after another, and surprisingly, it’s the more minimalistic ones that stand out. The Negi Miso, a turkey dog cooked in a special miso sauce, is particularly tasty. Be sure to get a side order of the shaked fries, skinny fries flavored with various seasonings, from butter and shoyu to shichimi and garlic.