The name Daniel Boulud and the word “cheap” aren’t usually found in the same sentence. Although his restaurants are known for impeccable service and updated interpretations of classic French fare, a meal at any one of them is sure to set you back at least $40 per person — and that’s being conservative. Even at his casual East Village spot, DBGB (299 Bowery; 212-933-5300) the burgers hover around the $20 range. But the French brasserie-slash-American tavern does offer one hell of a deal at the bar: guests can get any hot dog plus any beer for $10.
The deal (not offered in the dining room) is available any hour of the day, as long as the place is open. Options include the DBGB Dog (normally $10 a la carte), a house made beef wiener topped with sautéed onion, mustard, ketchup, and “299” relish — this gourmet rendition is frequently hailed as one of the top franks in town. Another made-in-house pork link, the Thai Dog, is spiced with curry and lemongrass, served covered in green papaya slaw, sriracha, peanuts, and cilantro (regularly $13). There’s even a North African version, the Tunisienne ($15), finished with mint yogurt, red onion, and cherry tomato.
The grandstanders are top-notch, but the beers are where it gets interesting. Any eight-ounce draft beer is part of the special and the place has a long list of rare picks. There are malty options like Weihenstephaner Korbinian Doppelbock from Freising, Germany as well as Belhaven Scottish ale. U.S.-fermented Naked Flock ‘Draft’ and Milestone Hopvine comprise the cider portion of the menu. And there are numerous selections from across America and Europe making up the Tart, Hoppy, and Refreshing sections of the draft list. Each ranges from the $8 to $12 range on its own.
You could go to a stadium and pay more for a dirty water dog and a Bud Light — you’d be wiser to just come here before you go.