January 13, 2005 8:14 PM | By Adam Roberts | 6 Comments

S&M vs. A&E? Why not a hot dog at F&B?

Amateur Gourmet Survivor Champ Andrea urged me in a long-ago e-mail to try F&B. "It's amazing," she wrote in her e-mail. "Seriously."

I passed F&B many times on my excursions across 23rd street. It's across the street from the movie theater. It's next door to the Krispy Kreme and Ben & Jerry's. It's near Starbucks, Murray's bagels, and Dunkin' Donuts. There are many reasons to walk past F&B. Just hadn't found a reason, yet, to go inside.

And then last night I was hungry and Burritoville (which is also across the street from F&B) was packed. Boston Market looked a little too Boston Markety (there was a time that I liked Boston Market, but I think I'm passed that) and so F&B it was.

I walked inside not knowing what to expect. The first thing I noticed was the music. It was New Age meets funk meets trendy store on the Lower East Side. There were huge framed clippings of F&B in the press. And then there were two aisles of stools and silver counters. The room was dark and the service counter had a certain post-modern Pulp Fictiony hipness quotient. Which is strange when you consider that they sell hot dogs.

But the hot dog menu was exciting. All sorts of weird combinations. For example a salmon hot dog (no, I'm not kidding) with creme fraiche and caviar served with a mini-bottle of champagne. That cost more than $10 so I went with the Top Dog---a chili dog with mustard, sauerkraut and bacon--sweet potato fries and a lemonade. It added up to $8, which is still pricy for hot dog type food:


To my surprise, however, it was well worth it. The hot dog was delicious. The sauerkraut had really interesting unexpected flavors--like cloves, for example, and something cidery. Perhaps cider?

The sweet potato fries were unstoppable. Meaning, I couldn't stop eating them. And the lemonade hit the spot.

My guilt meter was still on high (chili dogs always make me feel guilty) but it moved down a notch when I realized that this was an exciting, outre hot dog. In fact the entire experience was outre: "Highly unconventional; eccentric or bizarre"---in a very good way. Next time I crave funky hot dogs and unstopple sweet potato fries, you'll know where to find me.


See?! See?!? I love that place!

That place sounds soooo good. Strange hotdog concoctions and SWEET POTATO FRIES?! I know where I'd be eating in NY if I lived there.

Where could I find cool recepts for hot dogs for my parties? Fancy or gourmet hot dogs to impress..

Salmon hot dog? No thanks. I can't imagine salmon tasting good on a hot dog.

yes,i've never eaten such great hotdogs and FISH&CHIPS!and lemonade was fresh and good,too.
sir F&B,please come to japan!

I love the place too and I am glad you give it good comments. So my question is why only 2 stars?

Other things I like about F&B:
- hours (open early, close late)
- punch card (person usually punches more than one star)
- shrimp and lobster roll (surprisingly good with big chunks of shrimp and lobster)
- beignets with raspberry sauce (perfect late night snack)
- swedish meatballs (the lingonberries is crazy good)

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