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New Way Lunch

21 South St., Glens Falls, NY - (518) 792-9803
Posted By Michael Stern on 3/23/2009 5:07:00 PM
Hungry in Glens Falls, we pulled to the curb to investigate a storefront diner on South Street. "You looking for the hot dog place?" a pedestrian asked. "It moved." He pointed up the street. Interesting as the diner was, we figured that the unsolicited tip was worth following. So we drove a few hundred yards to New Way Lunch, which has a sign outside boasting that it has been world famous since 1919.

While the interior is indeed modern, the hot-dog cookery is timeless. New Way griddle-cooks slim, non-Kosher franks and slips them into soft, warm buns. The fundamental dressing formula is a trio of mustard, diced onions, and a finely-textured beef sauce that has a peppery tang. It is a small package, costing all of $1.15, and we observed that big guys ordered them by fours or sixes. Take-out customers come in for dozens.

Hot dogs are the claim to fame, but there's a small menu of other items, too: char-cooked burgers, a Philly cheese steak, fried fish and chicken, and a Greek salad. For a quick lunch north of Albany not far from the Northway (I-87), New Way is a nice little cheap-eats waystation.

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It's a trip standing up front and watching the dog man dress weenies lined up on the counter. He's fast and efficient, applying mustard with a trowel, chili and onions with a spoon. The chili is kept warm in that bean pot visible on the grill in the background.
"It's a trip standing up front and watching the dog man dress weenies lined up on the counter. He's fast and efficient, applying mustard with a trowel, chili and onions with a spoon. The chili is kept warm in that bean pot visible on the grill in the background."
Michael Stern





This is the four-ounce cheeseburger deluxe -- a decent patty with good char-cooked flavor. The menu also lists a six-ounce sirloin burger.
"This is the four-ounce cheeseburger deluxe -- a decent patty with good char-cooked flavor. The menu also lists a six-ounce sirloin burger."
Michael Stern


The New Way menu touts its hot dog as 'world famous since 1919.' Not visible in the photo is a streak of yellow mustard that is applied to the hot dog before the chili sauce and chopped onions.
"The New Way menu touts its hot dog as 'world famous since 1919.' Not visible in the photo is a streak of yellow mustard that is applied to the hot dog before the chili sauce and chopped onions."
Michael Stern


This is the New Way of Glens Falls. There is another New Way in Queensbury, New York.
"This is the New Way of Glens Falls. There is another New Way in Queensbury, New York."
Michael Stern


A strange, strange sight: ketchup being applied to a New Way hot dog. Ketchup is an anomaly in the world of chili dogs.
"A strange, strange sight: ketchup being applied to a New Way hot dog. Ketchup is an anomaly in the world of chili dogs."
Michael Stern


Fountain drinks come in a frosty mug.
"Fountain drinks come in a frosty mug."
Michael Stern



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