Ladies and gentlemen, my chowhound prayers have been answered. Today, at BroomeDoggs, I sampled something that has heretofore been missing from NYC and quite possibly east coast cuisine generally:
Quality sausages, grilled to order, with large seeded buns, and a variety of toppings you apply yourself, including several different mustards and catsups, relish, and onions.
I ordered a black angus dog and a hot italian. Seeing that the hotdog buns were too small (a common flaw at east coast dog establishments) I ordered both on the larger seeded buns. Having read that the sausages were occasionally undercooked, I asked for both well done.
The result was a little piece of heaven. Sausages were cooked perfectly, and buns were nicely toasted.
My one complaint was that the seeded bun was just a tad too large. It needs to be a little smaller so one can more readily consume two separate sausages with this type of bun. It was also too large for the angus dog.
Places like this are a fixture in the SF Bay Area. The granddaddy of them all is Top Dog with several locations in Berkeley. Walking into Broomedoggs was deja vu.
When I mentioned to the guy cooking the sausages that BroomeDoggs that it was reminiscent, he said that Top Dog was indeed the inspiration. I've been calling for a place like this for some time. Thank the chowhound gods for finally hearing my plea!