After closing down for a brief period, The Original Kasper’s Hot Dogs in Northport is up and running again with a new co-owner at the helm. Artie Berke, of the nearby Nina’s Pizza, has expanded what was once a limited menu while retaining the smoky steamed franks the place had been known for.
The new repertoire was put together by Franco LaRocca, who is now executive chef at Nina’s and, before that, cooked at the former Blue Chill in Babylon. On a recent afternoon, I had his “Chicago” dog ($3.75), a smoky, garlicky all-beef steamed frank that had that “snap” one wants in a wiener. It was served on a nicely proportioned grilled bun and topped with yellow mustard, green relish, dill pickle, onion, tomatoes and peppers. While this wasn’t a classic Chicago dog — no celery salt, no sport peppers — it worked. Also on the list of inventive dogs is something called the “Wazilla” ($3.95), topped with Asian slaw, fried wontons, wasabi cream and teriyaki sauce.
My companion’s “Plymouth Rock” panino ($8) — honey turkey, red onions, Brie and cranberry sauce grilled on a rosemary roll — was both very large and very Thanksgiving-ish.
Also available: Salads and soups.
Right now, there’s al fresco dining out on the sidewalk. Although that seating is weather-dependent, the eatery will stay open year-round.
The Original Kasper’s Hot Dogs is at 40 Woodbine Ave., Northport, 631-651-9377, originalkaspersny.com.