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The 17 Best Hot Dogs in New York City

Published On 08/04/2014 Published On 08/04/2014

According to the National Hot Dog and Sausage Council (yep, that’s a real thing), New York consumes the second most sausage rockets of any city in the country (LA is number one). To celebrate us being better than Chicago at yet another thing, we’ve gathered NYC's best dogs, and separated them into out-of-the-box dogs and traditionals.



The Cannibal

Murray Hill and Hell’s Kitchen
What you're getting: Cannibal Dogs
Two reasons we love The Cannibal? 1) The epic amounts of meat (think country ham, freshly made sausages, whole lamb's heads, and cured meats), and 2) the larger-than-life European and domestic beer list. Take a step into that deep meat pool with the Cannibal Dogs, which get topped with tripe and short rib ragu, and are finished with cilantro, scallion, and Asian mustard.

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Ditch Plains

UWS and West Village
What you're getting: Ditch Dog
What’s more American than eating a hot dog? Eating a hot dog covered with creamy mac & cheese while riding a motorcycle that’s shaped like a T-Rex, and wearing nothing but an American flag tank, on your way to a moonshining --  wait what? Oh right. Get this hot dog.

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What you're getting: The Vinh
Want some kimchi and seaweed flakes with that frank? How about Japanese curry with homemade kimchi apples? Or Chinese BBQ pork belly? This is the Asian-American joint for you, then -- it's hawking all of those and more, including the must-get Vietnamese banh mi sprinkled with aioli, pate, cucumbers, pickled carrots & daikon, cilantro, and jalapeño.

The Smoke Joint

Fort Greene
What you're getting: The Joint Dog
This urban, Fort Greene roadhouse combines two of our nation’s favorite eats -- BBQ and hot dogs. The menu says it all, too: “If you’re going to have a hot dog, you might as well have the best hot dog in Brooklyn, and then you might as well top it with pulled pork, beef, or chicken.” Everything’s bigger in Texas -- and Brooklyn, apparently.

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Crif Dogs

East Village, West Village, Williamsburg
What you're getting: The Tsunami
Anything goes at Brian Shebairo and Chris Antista’s tiny East Village, Brooklyn, and West Village spots. Options include the Chihuahua (a bacon-wrapped wiener covered with avocado and sour cream), the Jon-Jon Deragon (finished with a schmear of cream cheese, scallions, and everything bagel seeds), the breakfast-ready Good Morning (which comes wrapped in bacon and smothered in melted cheese and a fried egg), and our favorite, the Tsunami (with more bacon, teriyaki, pineapple, and green onions). We just used bacon three times in one sentence.

La Perrada De Chalo

Jackson Heights
What you're getting: The Iraqui
Our pick, The Iraqui (topped with potato chips, eggs, pineapple sauce, ketchup, mayo, and cheese), is the move here, but you can't go wrong with the Perro en Salsa Mora, either (with cheese, crushed chips, blackberry, and pineapple sauce). Both are worth a trip here. Trust.

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Los Perros Locos

Lower East Side
What you're getting: The Pablo Escobar
Los Perros Locos literally translates to “the crazy dogs”, and this LES restaurant offers just that. Try the crazy-good Pablo Escobar, loaded with salsa, apple-chipotle slaw, potato chips, mayo, and a dusting of “Perico” (a popular scrambled eggs-focused Venezuelan/Colombian dish). Though, the El Perro Perdido (with a deep-fried French toast bun, strawberry Ancho jam, smoked ham, and melted Swiss) and the Chimi-Churi-Chori (with chorizo, provoleta, homemade chimichurri, aji panca aioli, and crushed potato chips) are also solid picks. We guess.

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GO Burger

What you're getting: Pig In a Blanket
We might be cheating a little with this one, but you're not the boss of us, and well, this is too delicious to leave off. It's the next-level Kobe pig in a blanket, which comes cocooned in a puff pastry and paired with spicy mustard.

Eden Wok

Midtown East
What you're getting: Chinese Hot Dog
Taking the egg roll to its next logical step (soooo... stuffed with a hot dog), this Chinese joint in Midtown is serving theirs deep-fried and with duck sauce for dipping. Your move moo-shu. 

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Shake Shack

Multiple Locations
What you're getting: The Shack-cago Dog
Shake Shack may be a burger-and-shake institution now, but did you know it got its start as a hot dog cart? Well, the next time you’re waiting in line, plan on going tubular with the Shack-cago Dog, topped with relish, onion, cucumber, pickle, tomato, salt & pepper.

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Katz's Delicatessen

Lower East Side
What you're getting: Frankfurter 
If you know what’s good for you, head to this century-old joint known more for its pastrami and orgasms than for its dogs. But it’s also where Bill Clinton was said to have once taken down two of its excellent classic hot dogs (in addition to a pastrami sandwich, two knishes, and a side of French fries. CHALLENGE ACCEPTED, BILL.).

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Papaya King

Multiple Locations
What you're getting: Classic Frankfurter
New Yorkers have been inhaling hot dogs here since 1932, and the loud neon signs tout things like the franks are “tastier than filet mignon”. You be the judge, but hickory-smoked hot dogs seasoned with garlic/oregano and topped with the usual (onions, relish) sure do make a good case.

Mile End Delicatessen

Boerum Hill and Noho
What you're getting: Hoyt Dog
A little bit New York, a little bit Montreal, this atypical Jewish deli uses Pat LaFrieda brisket to make its all-beef Hoyt Dog, which is smoked behind the counter, grilled, and served on a house-made potato bun with kraut and relish.

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Watermark Bar

What you're getting: Watermark Hot Dog
This all-beef frank with kraut, onions, and relish is a superb option while taking in the harbor and Brooklyn Bridge views at this South Street spot.


Multiple Locations
What you're getting: Fearless Frank
Westville’s naturally raised beef frank -- known as the Niman Ranch Fearless Frank -- is borderline healthy on its own, so you're gonna want to fix that by topping it off with some chili, cheese, grilled onions, and/or kraut. Go ahead, you've earned it.

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Gray's Papaya

What you're getting: Recession Special
Pour one out for the Gray’s in Greenwich Village (we’ll miss you, old friend). Thankfully, though, the Broadway location is still slinging its franks with offerings like the Recession Special (two hot dogs and a soda for next-to-nothing prices).

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Bark Hot Dogs

Prospect Heights
What you're getting: NYC Dog
Carnivores will find a winner here with the chili-cheese dogs, the bacon-cheddar frank, or our move: the NYC dog, a classic-style topped with NYC "street cart" onions and mustard.

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Alisha Prakash is a contributing writer for Thrillist NYC, and she believes if all else fails, hit up a hot dog cart for a dirty water dog. Follow her on her website and Twitter.

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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).



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