Bonnie's Grill, a Fifth Avenue mainstay for spice-rubbed grilled Black Angus burgers and Buffalo wings since 1999, added a couple of new permanent items to their menu on Tuesday: namely, ribs and hot dogs.
At the narrow restaurant, dominated by a long counter and a grill constantly inundated with flaming burger patties, at least 90 percent of those who visit buy wings or burgers, and the bustling staff has always seemed perfectly okay with the limited menu. But these new additions are the first non-sandwich items to be added in years.
The ribs are St. Louis-cut spare ribs made with Berkshire pork, slathered in homemade barbecue sauce and sold at $15.95 for a half-rack with your chouce of fries, salad, soup, chili, or cole slaw. They're most likely not smoked, but slow-cooked ribs still can taste pretty darn good.
Grilled hot dogs are also made with Berkshire pork and are applewood-smoked. I tried one and it was clear that this was a pretty high-quality hot dog: it had natural casing, was closer to the size of a bratwurst than a standard hot dog, and was nicely smokey and not too agressively-spiced. A manager was unable to tell me what company produces them, but my guess is that they're from Schaller & Weber or a similarly well-respected German butcher.
You can get them plain on a New England-style bun for $6.95 with a few pickle chips and and side, and poblano pepper relish or Reisling-braised sauerkraut cost $1 extra. For $7.95, they'll top it with their vegeterian chili, cheddar, and raw diced onion.