Best Hot Dog Joints in NYC

April 18, 2017
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by Zagat Staff

In a city known for its hot dogs, these joints are dishing out the best of the best. 

Crif Dogs
Hot Dog · Williamsburg · $
Food 4.0 · Decor 3.2 · Service 3.5

“Spunky” , “deep-fried” hot dogs are a “guilty pleasure” at these “gritty” joints famed for their “fun toppings” (like bacon, avocado and pineapple); they're a natural for “cheap” , “late-night munchies” , and the East Village original houses the famed “speakeasy” bar PDT, accessed through a phone booth.
Crif Dogs
Hot Dog · East Village · $
Food 4.0 · Decor 3.2 · Service 3.5

“Spunky” , “deep-fried” hot dogs are a “guilty pleasure” at these “gritty” joints famed for their “fun toppings” (like bacon, avocado and pineapple); they're a natural for “cheap” , “late-night munchies” , and the East Village original houses the famed “speakeasy” bar PDT, accessed through a phone booth.
Shake Shack
Burger · Flatiron · $
Food 4.0 · Decor 3.2 · Service 3.4

“Premium fast food” is the draw at this “widely syndicated” Danny Meyer chain, offering “mouthwatering” burgers, “rich shakes” and other “upgraded” eats (plus beer and wine) at a “manageable price” ; they’re “a magnet” for “legions of fans” who can create “hectic scenes” and “insane lines” , especially at the “landmark” Madison Square Park shack “where it all started.”
Gray's Papaya
Hot Dog · West 70s · $
Food 4.0 · Decor 2.5 · Service 3.4

This 24/7 UWS hot dog stand vends “surprisingly good” wieners washed down with “frothy” papaya drinks; “quick” turnaround and “chump-change” tabs offset the “gruff” service, “what-a-dump” decor and lack of seats at this “quintessential” NY “institution.”
Papaya King
Hot Dog · East Village · $
Food 4.0 · Decor 2.7 · Service 3.4

“Easier than a trip to Coney Island” , these wiener wonderlands supply “happiness in a tube” via “damn fine” hot dogs and papaya drinks on the “cheap” (even for “fast food” ); OK, you're “not going for the ambiance” , but as an “only-in-NYC-baby” experience, “nothing beats” 'em.