The Ultimate NYC Hot Dog Crawl

10. Eden Wok


“The finest glatt kosher Chinese restaurant and sushi bar” (because there are so many) isn’t just a place for Jewish family Christmas dinners— it’s also home of the formidable Chinese hot dog, brilliantly encased in an egg roll wrapper.   43 E. 34th St. (Photo: Woman’s Day)

11. F&B Güdtfood


There are dozens of dogs on offer at this Euro wiener factory, where they top them with delicious sauerkraut and serve black truffle fries on the side. F&B gets extra inventiveness points for daring to serve a breakfast dog (with bacon and egg on a whole wheat bun).  269 W. 23rd St. (Photo: NewYork808)

12. Shack Shack


Better known for burgers, the shack gets hot dog props for daring to go Chicago-style in Manhattan, loading their all-beef Viena dogs with relish, onion, cucumber, pickle, tomato, sport pepper and celery salt.  Madison Square Park (Photo: Lodigs)

13. Dogmatic Gourmet Sausage System


Maybe the yuppiest hot dog yet: truffled gruyere sauce is drizzled on these beef, chicken, pork, lamb and turkey dogs, which are stuffed inside crispy baguettes and washed down with handmade ginger soda.  26 E. 17th St. (Photo: Dogmatic)

14. Crif Dogs


The epicenter of the trend-let, Crif serves deep-fried dogs topped with foodie faves like avocado and bacon, and turns two trends into one downstairs at the speakeasy-style PDT, where off-the-menu hot dogs are named for trendy NYC chefs like David “Momofuku” Chang (slathered in kimchi) and Wylie Dufresne (deep-fried mayo).  113 St. Marks Pl. — near the Cooper Square Hotel. (Photo: EssG)

15. Katz’s


Yes, yes, we know. Katz’s appears on every ES best-of list. But it’s hard to ignore a classic: kosher beef weenies, griddled ’til the natural casing crisps, and smothered in onions and mustard (or chili, if your stomach can take it at this point). 205 E. Houston St. (Photo: Rikomatic)

16. DBGB Kitchen and Bar


You know hot dogs have gone gourmet for good when even A-list chef Daniel Boulud has one on the menu at his newest restaurant. Made from ground beef shoulder, this fancy frank comes on a toasty house-made bun with spicy mustard and fresh relish. 299 Bowery. near Off-Soho Suites Hotel. (Photo: Really Good Food)

17. Super Hot Dog


One of the newest entries, and also one of the ballsiest. These Kosher dogs come complete with toppings that are anything but — sun-dried tomatoes, corn relish, and even fresh fruit. Yes, they will actually put blueberries and mangoes on top of your sausage. No, you don’t have to be drunk, but it certainly helps.  111 MacDougal St. near Washington Square Hotel. (Photo: Super Hot Dog)

18. New York Hot Dog and Coffee


Oddly enough, this NYC newcomer actually hails from South Korea, where it spawned 170 locations before opening in the West Village last fall. But be glad New York hot dogs made it to the other side of the world — who else would have thought to create a dog topped with thinly sliced bulgogi beef or sesame chicken?  245 Bleecker St., near the Crosby Street Hotel. (Photo: New York Hot Dog and Coffee)

19. Cabrito


Finally, someone brings the pride of Tucson, the Sonoran hot dog, to NYC. It’s wrapped in bacon and topped with beans, cheese, lettuce and tomato and at least for now, only available during Sunday football games. 50 Carmine St. (Photo: Always Hungry NY)

20. Ditch Plains


Last stop and far from least, Ditch Plains injects a little Midwest-style inventiveness into the heart of the West Village. May we present, the mac-and-cheese-covered heart attack hot dog. It kind of had to happen, didn’t it?  29 Bedford St. (Photo: Ditch Plains)

Which dog do you think looks the tastiest? And what did we miss? Feed us back in the comments, and add your faves to the Ultimate NYC Hot Dog Map.

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  • Bunny got Blog November 11, 2009  

    I’ll take 2 # 6 and 2 # 12 !!!

  • erica November 11, 2009  

    hot dogs <3 <3 <3 i miss them.

  • Lori Lynn November 11, 2009  

    Great post. Being from Chicago originally, I am a big fan of hot dogs (and Polish sausage too).

  • laura November 12, 2009  

    thanks for the credit. great list of dogs. laura

  • Sean November 12, 2009  

    I live in Arizona. I wish we had hot dogs like this.

  • modoo November 12, 2009  

    Skippy’s on Hylan Blvd on Staten Island. It’s a truck, so its not always there. The only better is Nathans.

  • thepinkpeppercorn November 27, 2009  

    Amazing list!! Mouthwatering!

  • Thomas Andrew January 14, 2010  

    Wow…I never seen so many different kinds of dogs! The only one I actually tried is the Nathans. #10 from Eden Wok looks really good!

  • George Kalogeras March 19, 2011  

    Is that ketchup I see on a Chicago hot dog?… What are you, a Communist?

  • TheGourmetCoffeeGuy March 23, 2011  

    Very interesting post: did not realize there were so many ways to prepare hot dogs. Lots of new ideas for outdoor cooking. Great photography too.

  • Marie Ascher July 13, 2011  

    Where’s Gray’s Papaya? Regardless, excellent selection. I’ll take one of each.

  • James August 25, 2011  

    Dodo Dog at Reunion in Hells Kitchen. But anything made with Pork Belly good in my book.

  • Jackson May 16, 2013  

    Mooburger in Cobble Hill, Brooklyn makes a great hot dog! The dirty dog is amazing!

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