Yankees and Mets, move aside. Feasting on foot longs at baseball games is as American as apple pie, but thankfully; franks aren’t limited to NYC stadiums and street carts.
For the best New York hot dogs, taste these traditionally topped treats and delicacy dressed eats (but not all at once – unless you’re training for next year’s Hot Dog Eating Contest on Coney Island, of course).
Ketchup, mustard, mayo, onions and relish– the list of customary and creative condiments goes on and on, just like our appetites. Don’t bother trying to barbecue on your roof or balcony – just visit these locations for winning weiners.
Herald Square is a headache and a half (unless you’re shopping up a storm). Foodies, fret not. In the midst of shoes and sales, Broadway Bites by UrbanSpace is a hangry (hungry + angry) person’s saving grace (until Aug. 1, and again Oct. 1 through Nov. 14). At the Asiadog stand, carnivores and vegetarians unite over dogs made of organic beef ($5 or 2 for $9), chicken and veggies ($4.50 each or 2 for $8). Seven Asian-ispired toppings are available, like the Mel+Steve (Asian sesame slaw, scallions and sesame seeds).
Greeley Square Park (intersection of 33rd Street and Broadway), asiadognyc.com
A mid-century themed cocktail bar and supper club in TriBeCa doesn’t scream “great place to get a hotdog!”, but when it’s the brainchild of a Michelin starred Chef Michael White, you really can’t argue. The Chili Dog ($14) consists of an all-beef frank, house-made beef chili and a toasted bun with Wisconsin Cheddar. Pair it with a crafty cocktail by Mixologist Eben Freeman during lunch and dinner hours.
225 W. Broadway, thebutterflynyc.com
Two-for-one deals are always in abundance – especially within Manhattan. Ordering Flat Dogs with the works ($8.95) is no different. Two hot dogs are split and grilled on toasted rolls with barbecue sauce, onions, mayonnaise, mustard and relish. A perfect setting for large groups, the bustling two-floor restaurant in the theater district has been dishing out authentic barbecue for two decades.
152 W. 44th St., virgilsbbq.com
Repeat after me: wrapped-in-bacon. Si. The Tijuana Foot-Long Hot Dog ($12) is served in a sweet bun and topped with jalapenos, papaya and sweet pickle relish. If bacon wasn’t a major selling point (you can thank Chef Alex Garcia for that), the pico de gallo fries will have you placing an order ASAP. Families on the Upper West Side are the usual customers, but so is anyone looking to fill a craving for Latin American comfort food.
269 Columbus Ave., agkitchen.com
When taking the pollution, angry locals and annoying tourists into account, there are a few *special* things that make life in New York City livable. One is outdoor eating in ideal weather. Enter: the Watermark Hot Dog ($6, with $1 per sauerkraut, onion and relish additions) at Watermark Bar – with indoor and outdoor dining spaces. Adjacent to the South Street Seaport, the all beef, juicy, dog is devoured in view of the three bridges (Brooklyn, Manhattan, and Williamsburg) and the New York Harbor. Make sure your iPhone is fully charged. This Instagram caption is going to read: #foodintheair.
Pier 15 at 78 South St., watermarkny.com
If Suri Cruise knows anything at all, it’s how to eat in the city (well, the girl can dress too). But Top Gun Tom’s youngest child isn’t the only New Yorker obsessed with the Upper West Side eatery (known widely for it’s sweets). Before indulging in a decadent dessert, a proper meal is a must. For hungry girls and boys: Sugar and Plumm’s Serious FootLong ($15) is seriously one foot long. The all black angus beef hot dog with house mustard (Dijon and honey mustards), relish (sweet pickle relish and peppadew peppers) and onion keep parents and kids pacing back for more than treats and the whimsical, fun, vibrant ambiance.
377 Amsterdam Ave., sugarandplumm.com
Chelsea and flatiron locals (as well as those with offices in the area) enjoy the relaxed ambiance inside the casual Japanese drinking den. The Kurobuta Hotdogs ($7 for 2 pieces) involves smoked kurobuta pork sausage from Japan, jicama mango slaw and red onions on a mini bun. The twist is the salty-smoky flavor, heavy texture and crackly skin with a refreshing mango and lemon juice from the slaw. Realistically, Japan isn’t a destination for dogs, but next time Japanese food is a dining option, sushi might require a second thought.
46 W. 22nd St., mirasushi.com
What’s your favorite footlong? Leave us frankfurter feedback and places we may have missed in the comments below!
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