Blue Ribbon HunterNew York City is famous for its skyline, Broadway shows, and of course, its hot dogs, so it comes as no surprise that it is the home of the most expensive hot dog in the world. The hot dog, also known as the "Haute Dog", can be found in Manhattan's Upper East Side at Serendipity 3. This pricey snack is made up of a twelve-inch long pure beef frankfurter that is grilled in white truffle oil. It is then placed in a salted-pretzel bun imported from Germany that has been slathered with white truffle butter. To top it off, they add duck fois gras with black truffles, caramelized Vidalia onions, heirloom tomato ketchup, and Dijon mustard with more, you guessed it, black truffles. How much you ask? This haute dog can be yours for a cool $69.00, but don't forget to order it 24 hours in advance.
But, is it worth the sixty-nine bucks? We hit the streets with samples of the haute dog and street vendor hot dogs, to see what the New Yorkers had to say. We had people compare the hot dogs head-to-head, and even convinced a few to let us blindfold them for a blind tasting. In the end, all but two preferred the expensive hot dog, but when asked if they would pay $69.00 for it, the answer was almost always, "In that case, I will just take twenty of the street vendor dogs".
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