14 NYC Hot Dogs, and 56 More Hot Dogs

by NYCgo.com Staff

Hot dogs are a quintessential NYC food, up there with bagels, pizza and the $35 foie-gras-stuffed burger. So it’s no surprise that folks love to make lists of the best frankfurter offerings. Year after year. We’re no different, mostly.

But we do have a goal: helping you top Joey Chestnut’s record of eating 69 hot dogs in 10 minutes with 70 different local wiener suggestions (please, though, take a year, or a lifetime). After all, he and his competitors get no variety when stuffing their faces. They, and you, deserve better.

Shake Shack. Photo: Evan Sung

Shack-cago Dog
Shake Shack
Danny Meyer’s fast-casual empire started as a hot dog cart in 2001; after three summers selling red hots in Madison Square Park, he expanded, and the rest is culinary history. The Shack's specialty is a Chicago-style, flat-grill dog, topped with the works: onion, cucumber, pickle, tomato, celery salt, pepper, mustard and their very own relish. $4

The Classic
Papaya King
The original of the “Papayas,” the King is a bright storefront at which to get a well-done dog that's got plenty of snap. Though the bun is nothing special, the array of toppings is: a list of 15 or so options, including onion rings, fries and jalapeños, that can be piled on free of charge (you’ll pay extra for bacon or pastrami). We covered ours with something called Hula Hula, a zingy, sweet-spicy pineapple salsa that packed a welcome punch. $3

Crif Dogs
Where else can you get a hot dog while listening to loud rock ‘n’ roll and waiting your turn to enter a speakeasy? The Chihuahua is just one of the unusual combos on offer: a crisp, fried, bacon-wrapped wiener, flanked by avocado slices and sour cream to give the whole enterprise some contrast and unctuousness. The bun, soft but sturdy enough, delivers the goods in style. $5.50

Hot dog with onions
Carnegie John’s
This streetcart vendor, on the northeast corner of 56th Street and Seventh Avenue, makes his dogs with a difference: he splits and charcoal grills them, rather than giving them a steam bath, and the bun is put on the flat top for a bit of crisp. Top it with a grilled onion-pepper combo—no reddish slurry of onion sauce here. $1.50

Mile End. Photo: Jonathan Durbin

Hoyt Dog
Mile End
New York City's Montreal-style deli offers this snappy house-made beef frankfurter, named after the street address of its Boerum Hill location. Served on a split-top potato roll and accompanied by generous helpings of sauerkraut and relish, the smoky-sweet hot dog is only available on the lunch menu—a filling, fire-engine red way to enjoy the midday meal. It tastes like a particularly excellent ballpark frank; any attendant nostalgia—for the Expos, say—comes free of charge. $8

Katz’s Delicatessen
Although this famous downtown delicatessen is best known for its hand-carved pastrami and corned beef sandwiches, its all-beef hot dog is one to try: perfectly crisp on the outside and juicy on the inside. Top it with a generous layer of sauerkraut and yellow mustard; even with copious amounts of condiments, the bun remains dry and intact until the very last bite. $3.45


Grilled Hot Dog
For a hot dog with a little local color, head to this neighborhood bar and grill in the heart of the West Village. Julius is one of the oldest gay bars in NYC and has been a location for films like Last Stop Greenwich Village. It’s also well known for it’s late-night grill, where you can get a bargain-priced grilled hot dog and fries for less than the cost of a beer. $2

Bark. Photo: Daniel Krieger

The Classic Dog
When you want to feel good about the hot dog you’re eating, hit up Bark for responsibly sourced wieners (the Classic uses pork belly, pork shoulder and beef shoulder from local New York farmers) that are handmade each day and griddled to a nice, crunchy finish. Their secret? Lard butter. $4.25

MOB. Photo: Christopher Postlewaite

MOB Dog Deluxe
Can you put a price on healthy fast food? It’s not an insubstantial one to get your hands on this vegan carrot-, mushroom- and chickpea-based weiner. But the frank is still worthwhile for the veggie-dog connoisseur. It comes with tons of toppings—sauerkraut from local purveyor Brooklyn Brine, smoked eggplant, exactly the right amount of relish—and a side of salad or potato wedges, so it eats like a meal. A moist potato roll holds it all in place. $15

Nathan's Famous. Photo: Julienne Schaer

Original Coney Island Hot Dog
Nathan’s Famous
Not much has changed at this place since Nathan Handwerker came up with his closely guarded recipe for all-beef franks and opened a modest stand in 1916 (save, perhaps, the initial 5-cent price). The Original Coney Island Hot Dog must be topped with two condiments—mustard and sauerkraut—and eaten before, during or after a stroll on the boardwalk. $3.99

Hot dog
Rudy’s Bar & Grill
Every time you order a drink at this Hell’s Kitchen dive, you’ll have the chance to order a complimentary hot dog. While your head and gut might say no, resistance is futile. The dogs spin on a roller grill until duty calls, when they’re plunked onto a cold bun. Your choice of condiments is simple: ketchup and/or mustard, so don’t ask for anything else. Free, with purchase of beverage

Classic Footlong ’n Fries
Steak ‘n Shake
This famed Midwest import planted its sole NYC store in a prominent spot, just next door to the Ed Sullivan Theater (future home to CBS’s Late Show with Stephen Colbert). Besides burgers, the chain specializes in grilling all-beef footlongs that are too big for their bun, with classic topping options cheese, chili and onions—and fries included in the deal! $3.99

Gray's Papaya. Photo: Christopher Postlewaite

Two franks and a drink
Gray’s Papaya
Ah, the longtime home of the “Recession Special,” offering sustenance to many a person’s late-night cravings for a cheap meal and tropical drink. Though the Greenwich Village location closed last year, the Upper West Side site keeps it real 24-7. The dogs come off the griddle well burnished; the onion sauce is a bit sweet, but offset by the puckering sauerkraut. $5.95 for the 2-dog/1-drink combo

Pick your protein (beef, organic beef, chicken or veggie), and top it off with pickled carrot and daikon, aioli, pâté, and jalapeño: a spicy, crunchy, tubular take on a classic Vietnamese sandwich. Outside of its brick-and-mortar location in Berg’n, Asiadog is a perennial Smorgasburg favorite. $5


Classic dogs
The Kosher Hot Dog at Yo-Burger
The Chili Dog at Old Town Bar
The Sloppy Dog at Schnippers
The Footlong at Serendipity 3
Two Beef Franks and Beans at Le Bonbonniere
NY Standard Dog at Clarke’s Standard
Sabrett Hot Dog at Full Circle Bar
Frankie’s Hot at Frankies Dogs on the Go
All-Beef Frank at Paul's Da Burger Joint
Two Hebrew National beef frank “Specials” at Ben's Kosher Restaurant & Delicatessen
Hot dog with red onion sauce at Papaya Dog
Chili Cheese Dog at Skippy’s Hot Dogs
Kosher Hot Dog at Deli N’ Dogz
Hot Dog on Caputo’s Roll at Brooklyn Farmacy

A la “cart”
The Breezy Dog at Breezy Dog
Chili Cheese Dog at Dominick’s Hot Dog Truck
The steamed/boiled dog at the cart on nearly every street corner in Midtown

DBGB Kitchen and Bar. Photo: Daniel Krieger

Haute dogs
The Mini Yard Dogs at the The Cecil
The DBGB Dog at DBGB Kitchen and Bar
Humm Dog at The Nomad Bar
Wagyu hot dog (and on a rooftop to boot) at the St. Cloud

Daddy-O. Photo: Phil Kline

Dressed up
The Seattle Sound at Lock Yard
The Sonoran at Harlem Shake
The Holy Phuc Land & Sea at Coney Shack
The Ditch Dog at Ditch Plains
Two Pastrami Dog Deluxe at Artie’s Delicatessen
Picante Dog at Guacuco Hot Dogs
Frankfurter with Cholent at Second Avenue Deli
Zweigle’s “Pop-Open” Hot Dog at Daddy-O
Salchipapas at Chicks to Go To
Completo at San Antonio 2 Bakery

Fully clothed
Corn dogs at Cowgirl
Pretzel Dog at the Rusty Knot
Pigs in blankets at the Blind Tiger
Panko-Crusted Korean Hot Dog at HanYang BunShik
Hot Dog Bun at Fay Da

A dog with a view
Hot dog on the Staten Island Ferry
Hot dog with chili, onions and cheddar at Boat Basin Café
Hot dog (or, for a Balkan twist, Cevapi) at Anabel Basin Sailing Bar & Grill

Ballpark Franks
Gluten-free hot dog from Hain Celestial at Citi Field
Yves Good Veggie Dog at Citi Field
Hebrew National hot dog at Yankee Stadium
Nathan’s Footlong hot dog at MCU Park
Jalapeño hot dog from RBI Grill at Richmond County Ballpark

Veggie dog (“c'mon, get real, it can't be as good as meat,” they say they say on their own website) at Papaya King
Loaded vegetarian dog with kale Caesar platter from Yeah Dawg
Yummy Meatless Dog at the Dog House
Grilled Cheese Dog at Santa Salsa


OK, fine, these are sausages
Easter Sausage at Radegast Hall & Biergarten
Grilled Bratwurst at Bohemian Beer Hall and Garden
The Cowboy at the New York Dog House
The Porsche at Hallo Berlin
Sausage and Rabe at Zito’s Sandwich Shoppe
Merguez Sanwich at Chef Samir Truck
Wurst on a Roll at Killmeyer’s
Pair of Weisswurst at Blaue Gans