Breaking news: Real New York hot dogs are available in Paris! (Side note — who knew real New York hot dogs were so fetishized?) When I saw this real, New York hot dog cart outside La Grande Epicerie, I had to stop to sample a weiner. After all, I needed to know: Is there anything different about a hot dog that bills itself as “le vrai New Yorkais” but which is found Paris?
As it turns out, not really. Like their Big Apple counterparts, they’re kept in a vat of murky hot water.
At 2.50€, the price is equivalent. The bun is mushy, the mustard yellow, the dog is salty. The whole thing disappears quickly, and leaves you with a familiar disatisfied feeling.
According to the vendor, the hot dog stand was part of a campaign to bring more street food to Paris. And even though the dogs were selling “super well” she said the project would end on July 1st.
In fact, the biggest difference between a five-borough frankfurter and one found in the City of Light? Speed (or lack thereof). The vendor took about eight minutes to dish up our dog, giving new meaning to a New York minute.