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The Best Hot Dog In the New York Area

The Truck. North Fork Table and Inn, Southold, Long Island, NY

What’s the best hot dog in New York? Well, you’ll have to travel a bit to find it. For this beautifully-flavored and sauced hot dog, you’ll need to hop the Jitney or rent a car and travel out to the North Fork of Long Island. There, at a food truck operated by the award-winning  North Fork Table and Inn, located in Southold, are some very fine wieners.

These are simply the best dogs I’ve ever eaten.

Normally, you’d have to dish out serious bucks to eat at the Inn, where Gerry Hayden, who used to cook for Aureole, now dishes out excellent locally sourced dishes.  Award-winning pastry chef Claudia Fleming (late of the Gramercy Tavern) oversees the pastry operation. Where possible, the couple relies on ingredients grown by local farmers or fished from local waters

The Lunch Truck shines as the single best place to get some quick quality grub on the North Fork. The Hartmann’s Atisan All Beef Hot Dog, comes plain or with a variety of toppings ranging from house-made sauerkraut to bread and butter pickle relish  to apple cider vinegar-glazed onion. Then, there’s chorizo chili and pepper jack cheese sauce to throw on top. What a decadent meal that would be!

Even piled high with three toppings—we had sauerkraut, bread and butter pickle relish and onions—the hot dog is an affordable indulgence at $4.50.

I’ve heard the lobster roll (“local when available, but usually Canadian, I’m not gonna lie to ya,” says the truck’s sign) is divine.  I plan to try that this weekend. It goes for $16.50.

Still, just the dogs alone are worth the two hour schlep from the city. While you’re on the North Fork, visit some vineyards and shop the abundant farm stands. Right now, asparagus and rhubarb are in season. Strawberries, as sweet as candy, will be coming soon.

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Upper West Side: Luke’s Lobster Opens on 81st and Amsterdam

Luke's Lobster, New York.

Luke’s Lobster opened last night at 81st and Amsterdam. How do I know they’ve dropped anchor on the Upper West Side? I just finished downing one of their lobster rolls, packed with succulent chunks of lobster, at the Hester Street Fair. The guy behind the counter informed me of this gustatory bonanza for the neighborhood.

Luke’s lobster roll is the real thing. The meat sits in a plump mound in a toasted square roll, just like the ones you get in Maine. It’s the closest you’ll get to experiencing Maine seafood without leaving the city limits.

Other stores are located in the East Village and the Upper East Side.

Upper West Side: 426 Amsterdam Ave. (80th St.) 212 877 8800

East Village: 93 E. 7th St. (1st Ave.) 212 387 8487

Upper East Side: 242 E. 81st St. (2nd Ave.) 212 249 4241

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Upper West Side: Ditch Plains is Bringing Lobster Rolls to the Upper West Side

Lobster roll. By brixton via Flickr.

Ditch Plains, the Village lobster roll place, is opening up a storefront on 100 W. 82nd Street, where Barbao and Rain used to reside, reports Grub Street.

It used to be that the Upper West Side was an area where you could get a reliable egg roll. Lobster rolls were for Maine vacations.

I suppose if you get the lobster roll to go and hike on down to Riverside Park, you can sort of imagine you’re sitting on a rocky promontory somewhere along the Maine coast.

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