Brats Dogs & Wieners in Chelsea
I almost did a shameful thing. I was thinking that I would write a post after enjoying a whiskey and several shots. But then I would be copying a previous post that was written with genuine awesome abandon. Fortunately, I passed out when I got home and therefore didn’t try too hard to be just as cool. But I did take pictures and found a good sausage joint.
It must have been fate that sent us to a bar in Chelsea that was right next to a place called Brats Dogs & Wieners! And thank god we hadn’t eaten yet! The whiskey, beers, and lemondrop shots hit our empty stomachs, making Ali and I realize that sausage sandwiches at 11:30 PM was a fantastic idea. I think she said something like “Go get some hot dogs, bitches!”
I stumbled next door and grabbed a stool at the counter. It’s a completely casual and spruced-up looking diner with low lighting to set the romantic mood for you and your tubular meats. I was also amazed to see a dozen or so wines on tap behind the counter. I checked out the middle section of the menu labelled “Old World Sausage Sandwiches” and found my dates for the evening. The House-Made Dragon Sausage is an all natural pork sausage with pickled red cabbage “kimchee-style,” pea shoots, and spicy sriracha mustard. The 3 Quickies are mini pork and beef sausages on juniper-bay leaf sauerkraut and a side of house-made pineapple-cola ketchup. While I waited for my order, I went to the restroom. I had a strange moment when I encountered the enormous fish eye mirror and piggy garbage can.
I got through my Fear and Loathing moment, grabbed the sandwiches, and got back to the bar. Everyone was jealous of our excellent sausages.
The take out meal was a success! The menu says that they serve the sandwiches with a poppy seed bun made at a local bakery. I thought the bun on the dragon sausage was good and unusual, almost like a grilled flat bread. I didn’t think the pickled cabbage was reminiscent of kimchee; I thought the layer of sauerkraut underneath the sausage provided the tang on this sandwich. The sriracha mustard was a great accompaniment and not an overpowering spicy topping. The pineapple-cola ketchup was good too; a more liquid consistency than ketchup and a nice sweet flavor. Ali and I were the clear winners of the evening. I don’t necessarily recommend eating sausages at midnight, but there really isn’t anything else you should be eating after whiskey and beers.
Brats Dogs & Wieners 362 W. 23rd St., NYC