There were only two tables open when we ducked in from the pouring rand and entered Red Hot well before the lunch trade. I guess my friend Jim Harris and I were wrong in our timing. We sat down and looked at the menu for this Sixth Avenue eatery. Right away we were disappointed, well Jim was, anyway. They don't serve coffee.
After looking over the menu I suggested the root beer laced with Nitro coffee for Jim. It was the closest he was to come, so he ordered that to drink with his hot dog, sauerkraut, and Swiss cheese red hot, which he said was okay, both the drink and the dog. I asked for a Pear Cider, but they don't serve it either. I settled on an apple-ginger cider and ordered the German Plate.
My hair stylist, Sharon Levinson, of Positive Image, had already warned me that the original Red Hot didn't grill their dogs and brats, they simply steamed them. I thought to myself, the shampoos and other fashion chemicals must have finally gotten to Sharon. Why would anyone steam a bratwurst?
I like my brats and almost any kind of link sausage or hot dog grilled, so there is a crispiness to the skin where it has burst open from all the inner juices. I even remember the old Jubilee on 38th street frying their on same grill they would fry their hamburgers on. Surely, I was going to get some grilled brats. Ah, but not so.
My brats were served steamed. I was disappointed. I did enjoy the brat with the stone-ground mustard and sauerkraut. A little kraut, a little brat, and did it in the mustard. But it could have been so much better. The German potato salad was so-so, but then it's never been favorite of mine. I did enjoy the poppyseed bun, but for the price it should have been brötchen.
My German Plate was $9.50, so I won't return. I can buy weisswurst at Safeway and along with pickled red cabbage really have a great sit down meal for me and Peg. She loves the veal sausages. She doesn't like sauerkraut, but I do, especially cooked in a frying pan with potatoes and caraway seeds. If I need a good hot dog I can stop in at almost any 7-11 and get various dogs and sausages that have been grilled on their rollers for a buck ninety-nine. To go back to Red Hot, would mean that they start grilling. That would be worth the extra money . . . oh, yeah . . . and serve coffee . . . and pear cider.