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New York City’s 5 Best Hot Dogs

May 23, 2013 6:00 AM

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What better way to celebrate Memorial Day than with an American classic? Whether you’re looking for a classic frankfurter or a hot dog with a twist, check out our picks for the best wieners in New York City. – Camille DeMere

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Gray’s Papaya (West Village)

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402 Sixth Ave. (at 8th St.)
(212) 260-3532
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An NYC staple, any list of “best hot dogs” would be remiss to not include Gray’s Papaya. The bustling corner locale is inexpensive and open for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Asia Dog

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Multiple locations, for more information check or follow them on Twitter.

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Want a little kimchi with your frank? Catch up with Asia Dog at the Brooklyn Flea, Central Park and wherever outdoor fun is being had. There grab a “Sidney,” a Thai-style dog with relish,  mango, cucumber, red onion, cilantro, crushed peanuts and fish sauce. Or try an “Ito,” topped with Japanese curry and homemade kimchi apples.

Crif Dogs

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113 Saint Marks Place
New York, NY 10009
(212) 614-2728
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The mother of all whacked-out hot dog topping places. Cream cheese on your dog? Check. Bacon wrapped with avocadoes and sour cream? Check. Bacon, teriyaki, pineapple, and green onions? Check. We could go on and on, but if you want to experiment with your dog, this is the place. Trust us.

Ditch Plains Restaurant

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A mac’n’cheese Ditch Dog – delicious! (

29 Bedford Street
New York, NY 10014
(212) 219-2126
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Here’s a handheld breakfast for you: American cheese and an egg any way, served on top of a frank. If a morning meal isn’t your aim, try one American classic on top of another – Ditch Plains also offers Sloppy Joe Dogs and hot dogs smothered in mac ’n’ cheese.


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26 E. 17th Street
New York, NY 10003
(212) 414-0600
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At this food cart-turned-Union Square eatery, your dog comes ensconced in a baguette. Select your sausage (beef, chicken, pork, turkey and lamb or even asparagus), add some mint yogurt, jalapeno cheddar or any of the other delicious gourmet sauces for an inventive take on the classic NY dog.

Eden Wok

43 East 34th Street
New York, NY 10016
(212) 787-8700
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Why get a hot dog at a Chinese restaurant? Because this Chinese hot dog comes wrapped and fried like an eggroll. Dip it in duck sauce. Oh, and it will only set you back $2.50.

Lansky’s Old World Deli

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235 Columbus Avenue
New York, NY 10023
(212) 787-0400
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The smorgasbord of toppings offered to grace your smoky Lansky’s Devil Dog will blow your mind. Choose from the normal – ketchup, mustard, cheese – to the slightly stranger. Tomato? Sauteed Jalapenos? Boston Baked Beans? Top your dog with more meat – fried pastrami bits are on the menu.

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  • How to Tour All Five New York City Boroughs in Three Days • Alex in Wanderland

    […] rest of the afternoon and evening to explore all this neighbourhood has to offer, perhaps even a hot dog from a street […]

  • End Of An Era? Gray’s Papaya In Greenwich Village Goes Dark And Vacant « CBS New York

    […] are going wild after the iconic Gray’s Papaya hot dog hotspot on Eighth Street and Sixth Avenue in Greenwich Village suddenly went dark and […]

  • KPMc

    I just don’t like Hot Dogs that are as stale as this “article”. It was run in August of 2010 and may be even older. Can you say re-hash, CBS?

  • HOT DOG!

    Who writes this stuff? Get thee to Agata and Vvalentina on E79th and 1st and order a Kobe frank from the meat counter. I know, I know it’s not a restaurant. JUST DO IT. Then write a follow-up piece apologizing to us all! DO IT NOW! GO!


    i love crif dog dogs but you’ve gotta try the fries…..killa!

  • stace

    Ive only experienced crif dogs and grays papaya and crif dogs was awesome! They variety of topping you would never think to put on a hot dog and I love the atmosphere of the place

  • mike

    How can you claim that this is NYC’s best Hot Dogs without listing NATHAN’S!!

    • here's a reason

      ……. ’cause they aren’t good anymore. that’s why.



    • dp

      Mr Know It All made a funny… Nyuk Nyuk Nyuk…Boink !

  • dixie blood

    Whenever you leave out Katz Deli on Houston St. then your list is incomplete.

    • yes, i live here!

      katz is way, way overrated. it doesn’t belong on this list

      • FTW

        Katz is a wonderful NYC experience…but it’s not renowned for its hot dogs. I lived around the corner from there, and brought many a visitor through the place. Often they would get the hot dogs only to be disappointed.

      • Frank Futer

        Not to mention way, way overpriced

      • Jeff Rosen ret NYPD Sgt

        While it is a big tourist trap and a little bit false advertising calling itself a Jewish deli when it’s not even Kosher I have to admit their hot dogs are the best I’ve ever had in NYC and I’ve gone there from Long Island just for their franks. I do agree their cold cut sandwiches are overrated though.
        If you include Nassau and Suffolk my favorite franks are at Kensington Deli on Middle Neck Road in Great Neck and Adventureland Amusement Park on Route 110.

    • read the title

      ……….this is about the best not the worst.

    • Jimmy

      Tourist trap

    • Jeff Rosen ret NYPD Sgt

      I agree but only for their hot dogs.

  • Big Nard

    Gray’s Papaya use to be a good cheap place to eat, but now Gray’s raise their prices every six months.
    These days I eat at Gray’s if I need a quick meal.

  • melena

    best place for cancer on a bun!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!heheheheheheh

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