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The (Almost) Perfect NYC Lunch: Hots Dogs & A Knish from Katz & Dogz

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(credit: NYSF)

We’re loving this new Katz & Dogz truck! Pastrami, corned beef, Reubens, brisket, and earlier this week, they even came to me – parking on Broadway between 55th & 56th St.

This time we went for another of our favorite lunches: Two Hebrew National hot dogs ($3 each) and a kasha knish ($4).

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Growing up, kasha knishes were a regular occurence in our house. There were potato knishes too, but kasha was the preferred choice for 4 out of 5 of us.

You can still get kasha knishes at most Jewish delis, but try finding one on the street. It’s almost always potato, and not even the good, round ones. Those square potato knishes are an abomination.

This was a pretty good kasha knish, but it was kept under heat too long. The crust was somewhat crispy, which we like, but the exposed kasha on top was hard too. That’s a no-no.

Once we got past the crusty top, everything below was soft and delicious, especially smeared with Gulden’s Spicy Brown Mustard.

kasha knish
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The other knishes they had were potato (the good round kind), spinach and sweet potato. You can even add pastrami to a knish for $2 extra!

The hot dogs on the menu were advertised as “Jumbo”, but they were regular sized Hebrew National franks, not extra long or thick.

We like our doggies with mustard, sauerkraut and relish, but they also had onions (like most NYC hot dog vendors) and ketchup (the surest way to spot a goy).

Unfortunately, they piled on so much sauerkraut and relish, the bun was really soggy by the time we ate…and we only walked 2 short blocks back to our office.

While this wasn’t a perfect lunch, it was still very pleasing. A little less sauerkraut and relish, and a fresher knish, and this lunch would have been ideal.

Katz & Dogz doesn’t seem to work social media. They have a cart parked every weekday on 47th St between Park & Madison, but the truck can be a little tricky to find.

We have seen Katz & Dogz on 6th & 6th, and now 55th & Broadway. Just join twitter already guys!

If you don’t have a big appetite, one hot dog and a knish should be enough for lunch. If you’re like us, two franks and a knish are needed, but even that doesn’t exceed $10.

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(credit: NYSF)