Hot DOG! Where to Find the Best Hot Dogs in NYC
You know Gray’s Papaya, you know the street stands on every corner, and if you know both of those, you probably know food poisoning, too. In honor of National Hot Dog Day, here are all of the best spots in the city who let the dogs out.
Although they don’t have a brick and mortar location, Asiadog pops up all over the city, at Smorgasburg, Berg’n, Broadway Bites, and other major food festivals. It’s your best bet for a gourmet dog with Asian flare. Top your dog with kimchi, nori, peanuts, hoisin… the works. And they have veggie dogs, too!
This LES institution may be known for its pastrami on rye, but if you want to be the rebel of the group, order up a frank, topped with relish and mustard, just as it should be.
205 EAST HOUSTON STREET, LOWER EAST SIDE
The Nomad Bar
The plush bar offers quite a gourmet version of the street snack. Voted Best Hot Dog in the city by NY Mag, the specimen is wrapped in bacon, nestled in a toasted bun styled like a lobster roll, and topped with celery rib, root, and leaf, and drizzled with truffle aioli. But of course.
10 WEST 28TH STREET, NOMAD
Here’s something I bet you didn’t know: before Shake Shack was a multimillion dollar company, famed for its burgers, crinkle fries, and lines, it was but a mere…hot dog stand. That’s right. The first-ever Shake Shack in Madison Square Park operated as a small hot dog cart in the summers of 2001-2003, before opening its more well known, line-inducing burger stand in the same location. The brand has kept true to its roots, and while most order the Shackburger, and most recently, the Chickenshack, there’s a section of the menu dedicated to some damn good dogs.
Rosie’s Hot Dog Truck
This Brooklyn weenie wagon (sorry, had to) has been in business since 1988, serving dogs to the residents of East Williamsburg.
154 MORGAN AVE, EAST WILLIAMSBURG
The Cannibal Beer and Butcher
This meat-centric Murray Hill favorite might be known for its pigs head feast, but they also whip up a mean wiener at their Gotham West Market branch. It’s two dogs for one (person, that is), topped with tripe chili and Chinese mustard.
AT GOTHAM WEST MARKET, 600 11TH AVE, HELL’S KITCHEN
Better known as the home to the telephone booth that leads to speakeasy PDT, Crif dogs is actually worth a visit on its own. Both the new Williamsburg location as well as the original East Village branch serve a killer roster of truly unique dogs for every taste. The Brooklyn branch even serves breakfast!
555 DRIGGS AVE, WILLIAMSBURG
113 SAINT MARKS PLACE, EAST VILLAGE
Yeah, it’s probably one of the priciest wieners in town, but it’s pretty on point. Boulud doesn’t stray from the traditional fixings – mustard, onions, toasted bun – instead, he takes them to the next level.
1900 BROADWAY, UPPER WEST SIDE
But of course, the French took our frankfurters and made them better. At the “French Chelsea Market” at Brookfield Place, you’ll find a dog (chien?) nestled deeply into a bakery bun, covered in baked gruyere. Oui, s’il vous plait.
AT BROOKFIELD PLACE, 225 LIBERTY STREET, FIDI
Guacuco Hot Dogs
Venezuelan hot dogs are the latest craze, and of course, the place to get them is Brooklyn. This Bushwick hot dog parlor boasts a full bar (hot DAWG), and serves hot dogs…perros… covered in multiple sauces, slaw, potato sticks, and onions.
234 STARR STREET, BUSHWICK
San Antonio Bakery 2
In Astoria you’ll find a traditional Chilean frank, drizzled with guac, sour cream, tomatoes, onions, and hot sauce on the side.
3620 ASTORIA BLVD, ASTORIA
Well, yeah. Is a trip to Coney Island complete without a Nathan’s Famous in hand? Or maybe one in each hand? Exactly.
1310 SURF AVE, CONEY ISLAND