Best Biergarten For A Hot-Dog-Eating Contest - 2002
GOWANUS YACHT CLUB
Four dogs has been my in-immediate-succession chow-down limitbut you will want to test yours at the wicked cheap and wicked meaty GOWANUS YACHT CLUB. Proprietor Alan Hardingreferring to the Moby Dick- and Gilligan's Island-inspired decorsays his cozy Carroll Gardens outdoor joint has a "Captain Ahab mounts Ginger" vibe. Add a lot of grilled meat and $1 cans of Pabst to the equation, and you have an ideal evening! (Well, it doesn't have to be grilled meatthey serve veggie dogs, too.) Ten different kinds of hot dogs, Texas Chainsaw chili, sausage, kielbasa, cheeseburgers, Jever and "Duff" (like from The Simpsons) on draft, a retro collection of assorted canned beerand nothing over $4. Seasonal, GYC's open from Memorial Day to Halloween (at which point there'll be a big-ass party to kiss the warm weather goodbye). Go splash pitchers on the sundry lobster pots and water skis decking the walls!