Lubins n Links in Tarrytown


In 2009, food editor Liz Johnson wrote this post on Lubins N Links in Tarrytown. In honor of the lohud Hot Dog Tour, we’re bringing it out again.

I tried out the new hot dog joint in Tarrytown for lunch today.

I will answer your most pressing question first: a Lubin is a made-up culinary term. It’s the restaurant’s own creation of slow-roasted beef with spices served on a hot dog bun. It’s kind of like pulled pork, but it’s beef, and it’s kind of like a sloppy joe, but it’s chuck meat, not ground beef. It’s absolutely delicious.

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Yeah. Not very good for you, I imagine.

So the inside of the place is about as big as an office cubicle.

And it’s very cute. There’s a blackboard to the right that explains what the different specialty dishes and sauces are:

And a blackboard above with the menu.

That’s Tommy Squazzo.. His family owned Squazzo’s Deli in Irvington for years.

He made our Lubin and our Link. We walked around the back to the municipal lot. There’s a wooden fence there and a gate that says “Lubins and Links.” Open it and you are in a courtyard garden with tables.

Lubin, foreground, and link:

Once again, here’s the Lubin. This is called the “Lubin (regulation)”.

It’s made with cheese sauce, “jubee” onions sauce and hot cherry peppers. Halfway through:

I’m not sure I should be injesting this without consuming alcohol. It seems like perfect drunk food to me.

Here’s the Maine Link, which is made with mayo, onion relish and celery salt.

I like mayo on my hot dogs. It’s a Southern thing, I think. And this was very very good, but IMO it did not beat out the Lubin on the delicious front.

“Jubee” onion sauce is a recipe handed down from grandma that has savory and sweet flavors combined with roasted onions and shallots. You can get a bunch of other toppings, including chili (Dad’s recipe), Mama’s Spicy Kraut, Cheese Sauce, Hot or Sweet Roasted Cherry Peppers and Mama’s Homemade Onion Relish.

There are also other specialties, including the Gi Gi (no meat), the Owber (PBJ on a hot dog bun), the Elbert (a cup of chili with sliced links topped with cheese sauce) and Maisy’s Mashed (mashed topped with chili and cheese).

There are no fries.

PDF of Lubin’s Menu, page 1

PDF of Lubin’s Menu, page2

The 411 on Lubins n Links. (Should work shortly.)

Originally published Feb 26, 2009 @ 17:10


About Author

Liz Johnson is content strategist for The Journal News and, and the founding editor of lohudfood, formerly know as Small Bites. As food editor, she won awards from the New York News Publishers Association, the Association of Food Journalists and the Associated Press. She lives in Nyack with her husband and daughter on a tiny suburban lot they call their farm — with fruit trees, an herb garden, and a yardful of lettuce, tomatoes, onions, shallots, cucumbers, zucchini, radishes, cabbage, peppers, Brussels sprouts and carrots and four big blueberry bushes.


  1. LoveWestchester on

    I enjoy your write-ups/videos and including the array of photos. I was surprised you visited our town’s little hot dog place, I’m glad to see you visit Tarrytown and Sleepy Hollow eateries, getting us more noticed and I learn a bit more about my community. I think hot dogs are wonderful for another alternative to pizza and chinese take-out when you want something quick and cheap. My only critique is that one of my kids loves pretzels and I’d like the store to use a more classical heating/cooking technique. I think, I could be wrong, I think they throw it in the microwave, and we don’t like the outcome.

  2. So I checked out, via a friends suggestion, the lubins n links jump off. Here is my personal review of this … hot dog hole in the wall.


    The cheese sauce def. had a blend of cheeses. I don’t know if it was quite 4-but I would say, there was def. two as opposed to the claim of 4.

    The chili was fresh-as fresh as a hot dog place could have it be. And it was by far-a truly acceptable chili.
    It really was.

    JUBEE Onions-(caramelized onions)-was the best part. A very interesting blend of spices. I wanna’ say I tasted Cumin in there. Hmm… Def. a thing to make ya go hmmmmmmm

    The hot dog needed to have more of a “cooked outer casing” which is snapped through upon biting into. Cooked to the point that-all the glory that be within-is released as your teeth tear through.

    The bun I think was a potato bun-a nice treat and out of the ordinary compared to other buns.

    OVERALL, I would def. return because it is hard to find-a half decent hot dog these days. It was well put together and reasonably priced considering the area.

    ALL IN ALL- LUBINS N LINKS gets a doggy dog score of 4 outa 5 Link Rating.

  3. barbara angelini on

    If you feel you want alcohol with your lubin or link feel free to bring your dinner or lunch on Saturdays over to the Set Back Inn right across the street and have a beer with it. We don’t mind at all

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