Hot dogs have long been associated with NYC – you can get them at delis, at ball games, of course at street carts. Today, you can also get some really delicious dogs at NYC restaurants – and they range from straight up kosher dogs to interesting veggie topping concoctions. Looking for some of the best dogs in the city? Check out the list below:
The Smoke Joint is a small, casual BBQ spot in Fort Greene. They serve great BBQ, but they serve an even better hot dog, called the Joint Dog – often called the best hot dog in Brooklyn. They can top their dog with pulled pork, beef or chicken, too.
2. Crif Dogs
Located in the East Village, Crif Dogs is a place that specializes in hot dogs. You can get a straight up Crif Dog for $2.75 (made with a mix of pork and beef) – or you can opt for a fancier Crif Dog Creation, like the B.L.T – a bacon wrapped hot dog with lettuce, tomato and mayo, or a Chihuahua, a bacon wrapped hot dog topped with avocado and sour cream.
It’s totally fast food – but the hot dog at this staple across the city is as good as the burger. You can get a straight up Kosher style dog, or a Kosher style dog with bacon and cheese (which definitely makes it not kosher). Get a side of Five Guys fries, and you’ll have the perfect all-American meal.
Nathan’s Famous is arguably the mother of all NYC hot dogs, with it’s large Coney Island outpost. The dogs here are pretty plain and straightforward, with an all-beef hot dog, and one top with cheese, chili, or chili and cheese. You can also get an Italian sausage at Nathan’s – and then eat it on the world-famous Coney Island Boardwalk.
Want a hot dog with a little exotic flair? Then Asiadog is a great spot for you. They serve up hot dogs with an Asian Flair – like the Mel and Steve with Asian sesame slaw, scallions and sesame seeds or the Ginny Hot Dog – a dog with kimchi and nori flakes. You can choose the type of meat your hot dog is made of here – beef, chicken or veggie. Don’t expect a traditional experience here – but do expect a delicious one.
6. Shake Shack
Shake Shack has multiple locations throughout NYC. The burgers that made them famous are rivaled by their hot dogs, which are served split-down the middle and griddled, so they are super crisp. They offer a couple varieties, like the Shack-Cago Dog, topped with relish, onion, cucumber, pickle, tomato, pepper, celery salt and mustard, and the Dapper Dog, a hot dog served with cheddar and American cheese, topped with ale-marinated shallots.
7. Ditch Plains
Want a hot dog that blows you away? Try Ditch Plains in Williamsburg. You can order dogs made of beef or tofu at Ditch Plains – and they come plain or with toppings. The most popular is the Ditch Dog, a delicious dog topped with a generous heaping of Mac and Cheese.
You’ll find Japadog in the East Village, serving up hot dogs with a Japanese twist. Try the Negimiso – a juicy turkey sausage topped with miso sauce and shredded cabbage for something subdued. For something more interesting, the Yakisuba is an arabiki sausage topped with Japanese noodles.
Craving a hot dog in Queens? Then you’ve got to go to Dominick’s Hot Dog Truck. It’s cash-only, and just like a hot dog truck that you might imagine – it’s just that the dogs are bigger, juicier, and more delicious than any hot dog out there. Try the hot dog with cheese topping or chili cheese topping.
Bark is a fantastic hot dog spot in Brooklyn. The classic dog is a favorite, and you can get a beef/pork blend or a veggie dog. You can also opt for the Bark Dog served with sweet pepper relish, red onion and mustard, or the bacon cheddar dog, served with bacon, cheddar sauce, and red onion.