Made from locally raised grass-fed beef without nitrates, NYFarm2Door's hot dog has impeccable sustainability, but what really sold Dave Feldman was the flavor. Powerfully spiced and clad in a natural casing with optimal snap, this "might be the tastiest hot dog I've ever eaten," Dave says. He scored his at the weekend Fulton Stall Market near South Street Seaport, where NYFarm2Door serves dogs and burgers and sells fresh meats, charcuterie, and cheeses, all from New York state. Chat up proprietor Michael Solyn, a former chef at high-end restaurants (Daniel, Bouley) who's become an evangelist for local, sustainably produced food.
At the other end of the Brooklyn Bridge, a cart called The Landing slings hot dogs and sausages (mostly organic) with a variety of fixings. The chicken bratwurst with curry sauce is up there with the one at Hot Doug's in Chicago, professor shorthair says. The daily choices (as many as eight) might include a spin on the veggie-laden Chicago dog, dubbed the Brooklyn dog. The Landing is open weekends and some Fridays. "If you are a hot dog fan," the professor says, "check it out."
The Landing [DUMBO]
20 Old Fulton Street (near Everit Street), Brooklyn