Anyone who grew up in New York City between 1910 and the late 1970s is familiar with Nedick’s, the chain of hot dog stands that blanketed the City and satisfied New Yorkers’ appetites with great tasting hot dogs and its famous Orange Drink. Founded in 1910, the Nedick’s hot dog stand chain was a staple in New York City life for over sixty years. Amassing over 100 stands throughout the City, the chain eventually disappeared in the late ‘70s/early ‘80s.
Riese Restaurants recently resurrected the classic New York institution by opening a new and improved Nedick’s hot dog stand—the first of several planned stands— on the lower level, 8th Avenue side of Penn Station.
“Nedick’s is classic New York at its best,” said Gary Trimarchi, President/Chief Operating Officer of Riese Restaurants. “Dennis Riese fully understands the incredible history tied into Nedick’s as a city institution and quickly seized the opportunity to acquire the brand when it became available — we knew the public would welcome its resurrection like a long-lost family member. With the new Nedick’s, we will provide the same quality, affordability and service that people remember, and expand on everything that made the original Nedick’s stands so memorable.”
The menu, which will partly be familiar to those who enjoyed Nedick’s in the past, includes: the classic hot dogs on butter toasted New England style buns; free toppings like ketchup, mustard, and relish plus additional toppings ranging from chili, cheese, Chicago sport peppers and more; several varieties of French-Fries; and last but not least, Nedick’s Famous Orange Drink. But what makes Nedick’s better than ever is its new menu of hot dogs from across the United States—all with their authentic, regional ingredients—like:
The Chicago, a classic Vienna Beef dog with mustard, relish, chopped onions, sport peppers, pickle spears, tomato and a dash of celery salt; or the Wisconsin Brat, a classic “Usinger’s” Bratwurst with sauerkraut and mustard.
Other doggie-delights include: the New York Deli Dog; the Philly Tube Steak; the Cincinnati Coney; the BLT Dog; the Texas Corn dog; the Californian; the Georgia Red-Hot; the Pushcart Pretzel Dog; and the New Jersey Ripper.
“The goal of the expanded menu is to give people a taste of the old and the new,” said the man responsible for the menu selections, Jeffrey Segal, Riese Restaurants Corporate Chef/Director of Culinary Development. “In choosing hot dogs from other regions, we are able to provide customers with a totally new experience that, with the exception of traveling to a hot dog’s area of origination, they would otherwise not be able to have.”
Additionally, the new Nedick’s offers an omelette wrapper and egg sandwiches for breakfast, and two decadent dessert selections that are sure to keep people coming back for more. The first is a deep fried Twinkie and the second is the Wunderbar. A slice of cheesecake with graham cracker crust, dipped in premium dark chocolate, all on a stick like an ice-pop. This one-of-a-kind dessert has been enjoyed for many years in the Chicago, Illinois area and is exclusively available at Nedick’s and no where else on the East Coast.