|Dog Crawl NYC Stop 1: Katz’s Deli, E. Houston St., NYC||February 3rd, 2008|
|Filed under: General — paul @ 3:00 pm|
1 x dog with â€œeverythingâ€, $2.95
Super Bow Sunday 2008 and we embark on our first official NYC Dog Crawl. This is our pregame: a 1pm meet-up at Katzâ€™s and then a walking tour of lower Manhattanâ€™s more well-established hot dog eateries. Iâ€™ve been living in Brooklyn for about 5 months now, and Iâ€™ve barely had a chance to check in with the local flavor, so Iâ€™m primed and ready for the marathon.
Katzâ€™s is a legendary deli on Houston, and Iâ€™ve always heard good things about their hot dog. It seems to make all of the â€œ10 Bestâ€ lists of dog joints in NYC, but after our visit, Iâ€™m assuming that itâ€™s making those lists based on reputation and not product.
The hot dog itself was actually fine, but their biggest affront, both to hot dog eaters nd to humanity, was that when I asked for a hot dog with everything, the dude behind the counter put a stripe of ketchup on the hot dog. I was shocked. Iâ€™m not even sure how to adequately describe what I felt. It was like being in a zombie movie where youâ€™re at the counter ordering food and you suddenly realize that all the people working are zombies, everyone in the restaurant is a zombie, and then you look to your friends for backup and realize that theyâ€™re zombies too. The whole world had turned itself inside out. If you were to go back and read through this blog, over 150 entries at this point, not once have I ever been served a hot dog with ketchup. What the hell was going on? Was it this guyâ€™s first day? As soon as I saw that red stripe, I said, â€œWait a sec, are you putting ketchup on that hot dog!?â€ â€œWell, you asked for everything.â€ OK, yeah, I asked for everything, but I donâ€™t think thatâ€™s meant to be taken quite literally. When it comes to hot dogs, thereâ€™s a regional specificity to the word â€œeverything.â€ In Chicago, itâ€™s mustard, relish, a pickle spear, lettuce, tomato, sport peppers and celery salt. In Cincinnati, itâ€™s chili, mustard, onions and shredded cheese. And in New York City, it should be mustard, onions, and kraut. Ketchup should never enter the picture. Not in New York, not anywhere. I think I was actually offended!
Now I highly doubt that Katzâ€™s could maintain their spot on these top 10 lists by serving hot dogs with ketchup. Itâ€™s my suspicion that this was an employee-motivated attack on our sensibilities. Maybe it was this dudeâ€™s first day? Maybe heâ€™d never worked behind the hot dog counter before? Iâ€™m actually considering writing in to Katzâ€™s deli asking if ketchup is an approved and regular part of their â€œeverythingâ€ routine. If any Katzâ€™s representatives are reading this, please feel free to write in to address this issue.
That being said, the ketchup error was quickly corrected, almost as if the employee knew what he was doing was wrong. He quickly discarded the ketchup-ridden dog and fixed a new one up for me. It had a real classic New York feel, highlighted by lots of snap and a fine onion sauce. I suppose this is the real reason why this place ends up on those lists, but Iâ€™m still not feeling it. It was a fine dog, but itâ€™s nothing thatâ€™s gonna blow your mind.