Re:Bon Appetit 10 Best New Places for Hot Dogs 2009
Bark wasn't included in all probability because they opened in the middle of August last year, while the issue of Bon Appetit was dated Aug 09. So it hit newstands before Bark opened.
I haven't been to Bark, but I did have the exact same beef/pork dog served there. I've spoken to the owners and I know someone who works at Hartmann's, who makes this frank. It is 6 to a lb with natural casing and is easily one of the 5 or so best dogs I've sampled in this style. It is made by a sausage maker who learned his trade in Austria. It has a rich, smokey flavor and is great with just mustard.
Although they have homemade toppings and condiments such as oak aged sauerkraut and Nueske smoked bacon, it would be a shame to cover up the great flavor of this dog with stuff that would be better on the side in my opinion. The griddle is covered with a lard butter. I would say that the only commercial dog that is as good or better (in the German beef/pork style) would be Thumann's. There are a few dogs from small butcher shops that compare.
The dogs are overpriced. $4.25 for a 6 to a lb dog plain. And up to $6.25 with toppings. My suggestion would be to go to your local Wegmans and pick up a pound for $6.00 and change.