My 5 Favorite NYC Hot Dogs

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At Shake Shack, our own approximation of the Chicago dog.


Whether you call them frankfurters, wieners, tube steaks, or floaters, New York City is the hot-dog capital of the world. And here are five favorite local evocations of the silky sausage that came here from Frankfurt or Vienna, depending on whom you believe.

5. Chicago Dog at Shake Shack (above) -- Those of us who crave the Windy City's Red Hots will have to make do with the rendition featured at Shake Shack, which is damn good but a few degrees short of authentic. The frank is all wrong, but who cares when this assemblage of peppers, pickles, onions, relish, mustard, etc., is so damn good? Various locations


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4. Chili Cheese Classic at Papaya King -- This is the trashy queen of Upper East eats, a combo so bad for you, you don't dare tweet it, but so salty, wet, and delicious, you'll wish you had two. And where else can you find something as opposed to today's "pure" and "natural" aesthetic? 179 East 86th Street, 212-369-0648


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3. Spicy Redneck at Crif Dogs -- Yeeh hah! Here's how they do it: Take a smoky, natural skinned link, wrap a piece of bacon around it, deep-fry, then add chili con carne, jalapeños, and cooling coleslaw. The menu suggests wrestling someone afterward. 113 St. Marks Place, 212-614-2728; 555 Driggs Avenue, Brooklyn, 718-302-3200


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2. Pickle Dog at Bark Hot Dogs -- The combo of multiple pickles plus relish, accentuated with a squirt of mayo and another of yellow ballpark mustard, is unforgettable. And the natural skin frank is not the usual New Jersey-made dog either, but a proprietary link imported from somewhere near Syracuse. 474 Bergen Street, Brooklyn, 718-789-1939


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citylion
citylion

I second the dog at dbgb or even the db dog at boulud epicerie across from lincoln center. They use that fallot mustard that makes my toes curl.

Bill
Bill

What?!  No 'Gray's Papaya' on the corner of 8th Street and 6th Ave.!  

SENOR-GASER
SENOR-GASER

They may be of a different order, but we British love our bangers. If your not familiar with our bangers , well they are called that because of the explosive noise discharge that comes from our British rumps after eating a banger!

blacksocialist
blacksocialist

please cut your nasty nails... im sick of looking at them... nastyfoodman....

John Fox
John Fox

Great article! I am a hot dog fanatic from New Jersey. Along with a buddy we run the Annual New Jersey Hot Dog Tour. Check out Hot Dog Nation, our Facebook page. It's important to note that there are 2 main types of hot dogs; kosher style all beef and a milder beef/pork frank. Different flavor profiles and comparing them is like comparing apples and oranges. Nathan's and Papaya King are all beef with garlic and paprika dominating. The dogs from Bark (Hartmann's from Canandaigua) and Crif's (Thumann's from Jersey) are German style beef/pork with a wider range of subtler spices.

Papaya King, Gray's, and Katz's all use the same recipe dog from Sabrett. Nathan's natural casing frank is made by John Morrel from Ohio. Skinless is made by SMG Meats in Chicago. I like Papaya King best for a beef dog. Simple unpretentious grilled dog with an excellent flavor For German style it's Bark's.

One correction: New Jersey, not New York is the hot dog capital of the world. Sabrett is a New Jersey company. Crif's is a knockoff of Rutt's Hut in N.J. One of the owners admitted as much. And New Jersey has more styles than anywhere. We have the Newark style Italian Hot Dog and the Texas Weiner, which, despite the name originated in New Jersey. Until recently it was hard to find a German style beef/pork dog in the city. And a deep fried dog until Crif's came along. These have been enjoyed in Jersey for years. We also have great franks made from small European butcher shops and pork stores like Kocher's and the Union Pork Store. Thumann's makes the best commercial German style frank there is. And I've sampled them from all over the country. Best Provisions out of Newark makes the best beef frank I've had.

New York is a distant second. Very good German style dogs can be found north of NYC. Hartmann's (Bark's supplier), Hofmann's (Syracuse), Zweigle's (Rochester), and Sahlen's (Buffalo) are the best N.Y. dogs.

dre
dre

Hello Katz's?

snoman
snoman

You gotta try the Oslo Dog at the Landing in Dumbo/Fulton Ferry. Only open in summer though.

Save
Save

No Katz's?? Only known for their pastrami but that is where the  MSM is misguided.  Those in the know prefer a Katz' tube steak while awaiting their sammy order, patience is a virtue except when munching on grilled with the works!!

Kari Johnson
Kari Johnson

The Deragon at Crif Dogs is better than the spicy redneck! 

Billiam
Billiam

Has anybody else tried the Thai dog at DBGB? 

msants.va
msants.va

@John Fox Thank you so much John for letting us know who the suppliers are for the hot dogs that come from Bark's, etc. I live in Ohio and will never get to visit the restaurants that I saw on "unusual eats", but I love a good hot dog and I will try to find Hartmann's or Hofmann's and order online. I am always in search of a good hot dog which is so hard to find. The chef at Barks said he tasted over 5,000 different hotdogs before he landed his supplier but he did not tell who that supplier was. They talked about the butter sauce that he puts on the hotdog right before it was served and suggested Bark's should sell it because they would buy it.  This sauce, according to the commentators is definitely what adds to making their hot dogs one of the best. Thank you for your post

Rsietsema
Rsietsema

Hey, I like that large-bore knobelwurst, stinking of its mega-garlic charge

Rsietsema
Rsietsema

No, but it sounds good. I'll check it out.

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