Food & Drink

The 17 Best Hot Dogs in New York City

Published On 08/04/2014 Published On 08/04/2014
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1. Los Perros Locos 201 Allen St, New York, NY 10002 (Lower East Side)

Get down on Latin America-inspired hot dogs, burgers, tubesteaks, and more at Los Perros Locos, a LES spot bedecked in pink neon and graffiti.

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2. Ditch Plains 29 Bedford St, New York, NY 10014 (Upper West Side)

Named after the Montauk surfing beach, this West Village restaurant is as close to the Hamptons as you'll find below 14th Street. Ditch Plains' focus is fittingly on fish and oysters, but its menu is a celebration of all Americana food, especially the kind that reminds you of summer. You'll find fish shack staples like lobster rolls and beer-battered fish and chips, plus a grilled hot dog topped with mac & cheese and fish, pork, and chicken tacos. Not too mention, Ditch Plains' brunch service proves that Bloody Marys and pancakes are always a good idea.

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3. Asia Dog 66 Kenmare St, New York, NY 10012 (Nolita)

Inspired by their own half-Asian-ness and a love of kimchi on their tubed meat, the couple behind this casual mashup's set up a small, wooden booth'd, Chinese takeout-steezed homebase from which to serve the enthusiastic following they built while slinging dogs all over the city, starting with Trophy Bar, then moving to the Brooklyn Flea, Summer Stage, and Terminal 5, which you can nickname your arteries if you start eating here every day.

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4. The Smoke Joint 87 S Elliott Pl, Brooklyn, NY 11217 (Fort Greene)

Combining tried-and-true BBQ methods with skills picked up from years at fine dining establishments, this roadhouse-style spot is doing eats like St. Louis ribs, pulled pork smoked for 12 hours over hickory, and what some consider to be one of the best hot dogs in the game -- which, by the way, you can also top with pulled pork, beef, or chicken.

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5. Crif Dogs 113 Saint Marks Pl, New York, NY 10009 (East Village)

Crif Dogs is to hot dogs like Katz's is to pastrami and Russ & Daughters is to lox. The house-made dogs come in a variety of styles -- go big with one of the bacon-wrapped dogs, like the Tsunami, which comes with a healthy dosage of teriyaki, pineapple, and green onions, or keep it simple with the deep-fried corn dog (made with a super secret batter, of course). Crif Dogs' original location, in the heart of Alphabet City, is home to the phone booth entrance that leads to one of the city's most iconic speakeasies, PDT.

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6. The Cannibal 113 E 29th St, New York, NY 10016 (Murray Hill)

This cozy, low-key spot is tiny on the inside, with only wooden stools and metal counters for seating, but opens up to a heated patio with an additional 40 seats. The meat-heavy menu focuses on tapas-style plates and charcuterie with remarkable exceptions like an entire pig's head. The beer and wine menu is extensive and includes a broad range of both domestic and European options. Refrigerators full of beer bottles line one wall, and patrons are invited to pluck their choices right out. This is a great date spot as long as neither of you are into the whole veggie-only thing.

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7. Bark Hot Dogs 474 Bergen Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11217

From an ex-Cafe Gray vet and his Franny's alum partner, Bark's taking the dirty water denizen and splendiferizing it with elevated accoutrements and a meticulous attention to detail -- like Pimp My Ride for the Oscar Mayer Wiener Mobile, if the M

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8. La Perrada de Chalo 8312 Northern Blvd, Jackson Heights, NY 11372 (Queens)

This seemingly plain Columbian joint in Jackson Heights is known for its boiled hot dogs and topping combos you'd never imagine, like potato chips, eggs, pineapple sauce, ketchup, mayonnaise, and cheese. Though you'd be remiss to not get one of the signature dogs, La Perrada de Chalo serves a killer Hawaiian burger, Cuban sandwich, and arepas.

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9. GO Burger 1448 2nd Ave, New York, NY 10021 (Upper East Side)

BLT Burger's brother resto on the UES serves favorites from both BLT Burger and the GO Burger truck, as well as some new dishes you've got to try whether you're a shameless carnivore or a vegetarian. Also of note: they have spiked milkshakes. ...SPIKED MILKSHAKES!

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10. Shake Shack 11 Madison Ave, New York, NY 10010 (Flatiron)

Long before Shake Shack was an international chain with outposts as far as Dubai, it was a hot dog stand in Madison Square Park. The original location is still in the park, but instead of a roaming cart, it's a large kiosk surrounded by a sea of outdoor tables. There are two lines, an express one reserved for cold orders (that would be the frozen custard and concretes -- get them, they're good) and a regular one for everything else, which includes the signature ShackBurgers, crinkle-cut fries, and flat-top hot dogs.

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11. Watermark Bar 78 South St, New York, NY 10038 (Downtown)

Reasons to spend your summer at Watermark Bar: burgers, cocktails, alcoholic sno-cones, and, oh, just a rooftop park. Get your mingle on at this Pier 15-adjacent hotspot -- it's one of our NYC warm-weather favorites.

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12. Westville East 173 Ave A, New York, NY 10009 (East Village)

This Alphabet City spot's a slightly roomier version of the original, slinging premium diner food (burgers/franks/a 12oz Newport Steak) at grade-C diner prices.

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13. Eden Wok 43 E 34th St, New York, NY 10016 (Midtown East)

This hybrid joint brings you the best in both Chinese and kosher deli flavors, with specialties like their pastrami or hot dog egg rolls, or standbys like General Tso's and sushi rolls.

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14. Katz's Delicatessen 205 E Houston St, New York, NY 10002 (Lower East Side)

Open since 1888 on the corner of East Houston and Ludlow Street, Katz's is synonymous with iconic New York City food, specifically, slow-cured pastrami and corned beef. There's usually a line filled with a mix of tourists, die-hard New Yorkers, and everyone in between, and the wait is nothing but proof of the stacked sandwiches' pure goodness. You receive a paper ticket when you walk in, order at the counter (be ready!), and wait while the servers sling layers of pink meat onto cafeteria trays. If pastrami on rye (or better yet, a hot reuben) is your kind of late-night food, then you're in luck -- Katz's is open all night on Fridays and Saturdays. Words to the wise: stock up on napkins, order a generous side of pickles, and whatever you do, don't lose your ticket.

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15. Papaya King 179 E 86th St, New York, NY 10028 (Upper East Side)

A New York staple since the 1930s, Papaya King is to the Upper East Side what Gray's Papaya is to the Upper West Side. The hotdoggery is a reliable joint for classic and loaded dogs, and you really can't go wrong with any of the menu combos that come with a side of curly fries and a drink. For a taste of Papaya King history, get the 1932, a natural-cased hot dog slathered with sauerkraut, onions, or relish.

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16. Gray's Papaya 2090 Broadway, New York, NY 10023 (Upper West Side)

This New York City staple, open since the 70s, slings franks like it's nobody's business. It's opened a few outposts across the city throughout the years, but the Upper West Side joint is the longest-running and the most iconic, if only because it's had quite a few cameos in its tenure (You've Got Mail, for one). There are only two words you need to know at Gray's: Recession Special, which'll get you two 100% beef hot dogs topped with all the basics you want (ketchup, mustard, relish, onions, etc) and a drink. Aside from the fact that Gray's is cheap, like really cheap, it's open 24/7. Huzzah!

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17. Mile End Delicatessen 53 Bond St, New York, NY 10012 (Noho)

Mile End Deli doesn’t fit neatly into a single category, serving non-kosher Jewish French-Canadian comfort food with a hipster twist. And yet, ironically but un-ironically, this has solidified it in the hearts of New Yorkers. Well, that and the absurdly succulent smoked meat. The meat masterminds here have crafted a true tour de force de fries -- poutine with cheese curds, chicken gravy, and the option to add smoked brisket (do it).