National Hot Dog Day: World’s Most Expensive Hot Dog Sells For $2300 In New York

Dan Evon - Author

Jun. 15 2013, Updated 9:42 p.m. ET

In honor of National Hot Dog Day, the 230 FIFTH Rooftop Bar & Penthouse Lounge in New York added a special item to its menu. The 230 FIFTH Dog just sold for $2300, making it the world’s most expensive hot dog.

But the 230 FIFTH Dog’s record may have a small asterisks next to it, since the hot dog is not a regular menu item. Instead, the expensive hot dog was sold as part of a one-time deal to benefit the City Harvest charity.

The world’s most expensive hot dog was created by 230 FIFTH Executive Chef Johnny Benedetti.

So what’s on a $2300 hot dog?

Well, Benedetti crafted the pricey hot dog with a 6-foot long piece of richly marbled wagyu beef that was dry aged for 60 days. He laced that with black truffles and placed it on a brioche bun toasted with white truffle butter.

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The hot dog was topped with W ketchup, Mustarde de Charroux imported from France, Vidalia onions caramelized in Dom Perignon Champagne, 100-year-old balsamic vinegar, organic sauerkraut, and rare platinum oscetra caviar. And what hot dog would be complete without some gold leaf?

Sal Rozenberg, 230 FIFTH’s director, said that the restaurant is starting to carve out a special place in the hot dog world. On the fourth of July, the restaurant hosted a hot dog eating contest with legendary eater Takeru Kobayashi.

Rozenberg said:

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“We have an affinity for hot dogs here at 230 FIFTH, which began last 4th of July when we had competitive eating champion Takeru Kobayashi challenge the participants in the Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating Contest via the live broadcast of the event…. Then we installed a hot dog stand on the rooftop, which has proved very popular, so it seemed natural we should do something to celebrate National Hot Dog Day. Once we settled on an outrageously expensive dog as the way to go, we wanted to incorporate a food-focused charity element. City Harvest, with its 30-year track record of feeding New York’s hungry, was the obvious choice.”

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Jilly Stephens, Executive Director of City Harvest, added:

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“City Harvest appreciates 230 FIFTH’s commitment to our mission and creativity in imagining an exclusive hot dog whose full proceeds will help us provide food for New York’s hungry. The lines at emergency food programs throughout the five boroughs remain long and each 230 FIFTH Dog sold will help feed 9,200 people a day.”

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The 230 FIFTH dog may hold the record for the most expensive hot dog sold, but it isn’t the only hot dog worth four figures. The ONEDog in Arkansas (also a charity hot dog) sells for $1501. If you’re looking for a regular menu item (as well as a place to blow your rent on a hot dog) you can check out the California Capitol City Dawg, which officially holds the most expensive hot dog record with its $145.49 hot dog.

Are you going to celebrate National Hot Dog Day today?


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