The glutton's guide to Independence Day

TONY presents the best tube-steaks in NYC, 20 trash-talking competitive eaters and an exclusive interview with former Nathan's Hot Dog champ Takeru Kobayashi---plus tips for grilling outside this holiday weekend.



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  • Meet the eaters

    These 20 competitors are vying for the belt in the 2011 Nathan's Famous Hot Dog Eating Contest.

  • Chili Hot Dog at Old Town Bar & Restaurant The unfussy specimens at this venerable tavern still hold their own against the city's artisanal upstarts. Get the chili dog: A grilled and scored all-beef Sabrett is deposited on a butter-toasted bun along with

    Hot dogs!

    In honor of the 2011 Nathan's Famous Hot Dog Eating contest, we present our favorite tube-steaks in town.

  • Takeru Kobayashi

    Kobayashi speaks

    Former Nathan's champ Takeru Kobayashi discusses life as a competitive-eating outlaw.

  • BBQ essentials

    Keep the outdoor party going with these great eats, drinks and accessories.

  • Bars where you can barbecue

    Don't have a yard? BYO meat and sizzle up a storm at these bars.

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