With over 3,000 restaurants in NYC and only three meals a day, how do you choose your food wisely? We’ve foraged through the five boroughs tasting everything we can get our mouths on, and these are The Ten favorites (for right now).
The Fourth of July is just around corner, and BBQ season is in full swing. Hot dogs are quintessential barbecue food, but unfortunately, most of us in New York City don’t have the outdoor space for our own grills. However, we do have a plethora of restaurants that serve frankfurters that are, quite frankly, probably better than what we would throw on the grill anyway. Here are our picks, which include both casual and full service restaurants.
The Ditch Dog at Ditch Plains
Marc Murphy’s Montauk-themed restaurant specializes in fresh seafood, but the hot dogs are not to be missed. Pick between tofu or beef franks, and The Ditch Dog is covered with creamy mac ‘n cheese (pictured above).
Shack-cago Dog at Shake Shack
Known best for their burgers and frozen custards, Shake Shack also dishes out a delicious hot dogs. The Shack-ago Dog is the Danny Meyer version of a classic Chicago dog, topped with Rick’s Picks relish, onion, cucumber, pickle, tomatoe, pepper, celery salt and mustard.
Chihuahua at Crif Dogs
Reminiscent of the streets of LA, this perro caliente is wrapped in bacon, grilled, and sandwiched in a bun with avocados and sour cream. Add jalepeños for an extra spicy kick.
Dogmatic Dog at Dogmatic
Served in miniature baguettes instead of traditional soft buns, Dogmatic offers a choice of beef, lamb, pork, turkey and chicken dogs. Even vegetarians can choose to substitute asparagus for the dog. You won’t find Heinz yellow mustard here – the sauce choices include chimichurri, truffled Gruyère, mint yogurt and more.
Veggie Dog at Bark
Bark’s Veggie Dog isn’t your typical vegetarian hot dog – their ‘sausage’ is made from Yukon Gold potato, green apple, sage, barley, and wheat, then topped with a mushroom-chickpea mixture, pickled garlic, and mayo. We suggest adding Hawthorne Valley sauerkraut, as well.
Mash Dog at Asia Dog
This Asian-fusion hot dog joint offers a choice of beef, organic beef, chicken or veggie dogs to pair with an Asian-influenced topping. We recommend the Mash, a perfect contrast of flavors and textures – sweet and spicy ketchup, jalapeno mustard and generous sprinkle of crushed potato chips.
Salchipapas at Los Perros Locos
Salchipapas is a popular snack found in the street food carts of Columbia. An all-beef hot dog is cooked to a crisp, then sliced and laid on a bed of waffle fries, and covered with your choice of sauces and toppings. We recommend the Populares with its salsas rosada and verde and a creamy herbed mayo.
Terimayo at Japadog
Japadog opened its first doors in Canada, but quickly made its way down south to St. Marks Place, where they are serving up, you guessed it, Japanese-influenced hot dogs. Our favorite is their signature dog, the Terimayo, topped with teriyaki sauce, mayo, and seaweed.
DBGB Dog at DBGB
It’s fairly standard for restaurants to make their own sausages, but this Daniel Bouloud bistro makes their own hot dogs, too. This all-beef dog in a natural casing is delicious on its own, but even better with traditional toppings such as mustard, ketchup and their signature “299” relish.
Frankfurter at Katz’s Delicatessen
You know this New York City institution makes the best pastrami sandwich in the city, but they also serve one of the best hot dogs in town. Their all-beef dog is made even better with some brown deli mustard and sauerkraut.