Cheap Eats: Asia Dog

The Korean BBQ-style bulgogi burger from Asia Dog. Photo by Ji Hyun Park.

The Korean BBQ-style bulgogi burger from Asia Dog. Photo by Ji Hyun Park.

To me, dollars are sacred. So when I see people spend double digits on an ordinary sandwich or twenty bucks on a limp pizza, it’s a travesty. Cheap Eats helps you eat well for $10 or less. Stick with me and learn how to stretch your precious dollars at fantastically cheap eateries around the city.

Coming from California, I have high expectations for burgers. I’ve been spoiled by In-N-Out—it’s obnoxious, I know. So if I praise a burger in New York City, it’s serious business.

Asia Dog is first and foremost an Asian-fusion hot-dog joint. But don’t dismiss their Korean BBQ-style bulgogi burger.

My Bulgogi Burger ($6) didn’t look like much at first glance. The entire burger was smaller than my fist, and the beef patty was hidden by the puffy bun and ample kimchi. But after that first bite, my doubts melted away.

First, there’s the beef: There’s a surprising amount of meat hidden in that bun. With each bite, I enjoyed chunks of crumbling, melt-in-your-mouth beef. The burger was sweet, with a subtly smoky edge. Koreans will recognize these flavors and textures, which are very similar to the round slab of ground bulgogi beef found in many traditional ceremonies.

Second, the kimchi: Asia Dog’s house kimchi is mixed with spicy mayo, giving it a sweet and tangy flavor without overpowering its traditional spicy and pungent taste. Best of all, the kimchi is so fresh that it gives each juicy bite of burger a pleasant crunch.

Asia Dog is a hole-in-the-wall joint, but it may just be the cleanest one in the city. With its exposed brick walls, it’s both cozy and open, with a clear view of the kitchen. So you can watch the cashier-slash-chef whip up your meal.

Then squeeze in along the single birch bench and enjoy a memorable burger—one that’s making this burger-starved Californian so very thankful.

Asia Dog, 66 Kenmare St., Nolita, Manhattan, 212-226-8861, asiadognyc.com

  3 comments for “Cheap Eats: Asia Dog

  1. March 28, 2012 at 9:39 am

    We will definitely be checking out Asia Dog in Nolita, especially if you place it anywhere near the burger throne that is In-N-Out. Just like it’s worth the trip to the closest In-N-Out, it will surely be worth traveling to Nolita to try that Korean BBQ-style bulgogi burger.

  2. cascadian12
    April 30, 2012 at 11:39 pm

    With all the dog eating that goes on in Asia, I can’t believe they would adopt that name! Truly a horrendous practice.

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