I read most of the posts on the Manhattan board that I could find about hot dog vendors in Manhattan and in the outer boroughs. I've had hot dogs at Katz', Nathan's (at Coney Island), Gray's Papaya, the truck under the BQE at Meeker and Vandervoort, and a few other places. At Katz' and Gray's, I specified 'well done' to get the more flavorful ones that had more brownness from the griddle.
Although the hot dogs were better than many street vendors, I have not found what I'm looking for.
A few weeks ago I had hot dogs at a stand in downtown Providence, RI. I was in search of the Saugy brand hot dog, a thick white hot dog I was told is pork and served with celery salt. I had them, or a similar brand, in Maine at a stand along Route 1, which actually had a shaker of celery salt.
In Providence I found a big man with a heavy grill attached to the rear of his pickup truck, who had parked and was grilling up food. He served what looked like a regional brand of hot dog that was light colored.
Although I am told that supermarkets such as Stop and Shop carry such hot dogs around Providence, I have not found them in New York and no one seems to even know what I'm talking about. No one even seems to have had a hot dog like that.
Comparing the two styles, a New York style hot dog tastes more like the way a New York pretzel stand smells. Plus, the hot dogs are pinkish red. All of that's fine, but I can't seem to find anything other than New York style hot dogs in New York. Go figure.
I'm looking for a much whiter, thicker hot dog without the salty pretzel taste. What store sells these, I wonder?
I have heard that there are places still producing hot dogs in Manhattan, near Houston Street. Does anyone know where?
Thank you for your help.