Yes, you have probably been seduced into thinking that the signal gutbomb of 5 Napkin Burger is the burger itself, right? Well the burger, which comes in many variations, including one dripping with aioli, is tame and austere compared with the hot dog. That dog is made of kobe beef (who cares?), and is way flavorful. This is no tiny frank, however, since it weighs in at a half-pound or more (I didn’t have my scale with me), and extends an entire foot, which would do a dildo proud.
Not only that, but some low-brow cheese has been annealed to the inside of the bun, and the dog, once implanted, is smothered in fresh chiles, cukes, variegated bell peppers, raw onions, etc., which gives it a healthy gloss it doesn’t quite deserve. And the fries you see spilling over the top are every bit as good as they look…630 Ninth Avenue, 212-757-2277
Five Napkin Burger’s kobe beef hot dog (click to elongate obscenely).
This article from the Village Voice Archive was posted on August 5, 2009