You don’t have to be a competitive eater to enjoy a hot dog on the Fourth of July. In fact, aren’t burgers and franks as much of an Independence Day tradition as the American flag? Whether you’re looking for a classic frankfurter or a hot dog with a twist, check out our picks for the best wieners in NYC. – Camille DeMere
Gray’s Papaya (West Village)
402 Sixth Ave. (at 8th St.)
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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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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
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.