JapaDog Opens on St. Marks: How It’s Looking, What It’s Cooking

japadog2Daniel Maurer

JapaDog’s takeout menu boasts a photo of a line down the block at one of its original hot dog stands in Vancouver, Canada, but no such line has formed outside of its first stateside outpost, which opened at 30 St. Marks Place, between Second and Third Avenues, earlier today. We’ll give the place credit for the shortest soft-opening period in history: Yesterday, a tweet announced, “Opening ceremony is going to be held at 2:40 pm on 5th Jan! And GRAND OPENING is at 3:00 pm!”

When The Local spoke to Noriki Tamura, the mini chain’s owner, back in November, he promised a special dog made with Kobe beef – turns out, it’s topped with caviar and costs $13.04 (other dogs range from $7.99 to $9.55). Have a look at JapaDog’s interior below, and ponder the takeout menu if you care to find out what the Love Meat hot dog consists of. Hours are 11 a.m. to midnight Sunday through Wednesday and till 2 a.m. Thursday through Saturday.

japadog3Daniel Maurer