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The best hot dogs in NYC

Move over, dirty-water dogs—from time-honored icons to modern-minded newcomers, these are the best hot dogs NYC has to offer

Photograph: Beth Levendis

Street-cart franks may be a New York hallmark, but they’re not exactly known for their quality control. Instead, feast on first-rate franks at these restaurants and bars, offering stellar takes on the cheap eats classic. Whether it’s for a 4th of July repast or as everyday bar food, here’s where to get the best hot dogs in New York City.

Best hot dogs in New York

Vinh at Asiadog

This flea-market star opened its first brick-and-mortar shop in 2011, hawking Asian-inflected franks. The most successful of the bunch is the Vinh, which gives a Schaller & Weber wiener the banh mi treatment: The bun is smeared with pâté on one side and sriracha aioli on the other, then topped with a flurry of cucumber, pickled carrot and daikon, diced jalapeños and cilantro. $4.50, two for $8.

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Classic at Bark Hot Dogs

Josh Sharkey is a trailblazer in the artisanal-wiener boom, and the simple Classic is the best showcase of his secret weapon: a snappy beef-and-pork dog made in Rochester, NY. Griddled, basted in smoked lard butter and nestled into a Pepperidge Farm bun, it doesn't need any extra flourishes to shine. $4.25.

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Park Slope

15 Bite Brooklyn Diner All-Beef Hot Dog at Brooklyn Diner

You may need a friend to help you tackle this eye-catching behemoth. The oversize all-beef frank—it measures a whopping 15 inches—is griddled on the flattop and stuffed inside a massive bun, which you can pile high with sides of handcut fries and homemade slaw. $21.75.

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Midtown West

Spicy Redneck at Crif Dogs

The stoner-friendly offerings at Crif Dogs include this perennial top-seller, featuring a bacon-wrapped dog, chili, coleslaw and pickled jalapeños. The crunch of deep-fried bacon gives way to a soft interior, and the mild chili sauce soaks into the bun, giving each bite an extra hit of meaty flavor. $4.75.

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DBGB Dog at DBGB Kitchen and Bar

The charcutiers at Daniel Boulud's downtown bistro work their meat-molding magic on this all-American frank, which is smoked, then poached until its skin is ready to burst. Pickled veggies and julienned radish add crunch, sautéed onions contribute a sweet-savory note and a creamy sauce made with ketchup and Dijon is good enough to bottle. $10.

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East Village

Ditch Dog at Ditch Plains

A pair of classic comfort foods—hot dogs and mac and cheese—join forces to create this tasty monstrosity. Each order comes with two Sabrett dogs tucked into potato rolls and covered by a generous helping of mac and cheese, made with a gooey blend of Parmesan, Gruyère and American cheeses. The whole thing’s served atop a mound of fries. $12.

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West Village

Basque Dogs at Huertas

Jonah Miller’s tapas tavern debuts off-the-menu Spanish-style franks and horchata slushies from the takeout window. Zesty house-made chistorra sausages come smothered with aioli and piquillo mustard between a soft Martin’s potato roll. Single dog $6, combo $10.

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East Village

Classic K at Kings of Kobe

Operating out of Pounds & Ounce’s takeaway window, this all-American beef frank pop-up pays homage to traditional iterations of the nation’s classic dish. A snappy, six-inch Kobe dog is crowned with sweet onion marmalade, tart sauerkraut and a spicy swirl of yellow mustard. $6.50.

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Perro Mexicano at La Perrada de Chalo

This Colombian joint turns out Latin American–style hot dogs (with toppings like diced pineapple). Our favorite is the zesty Mexican, loaded with salsa verde, melted cheese, crushed potato chips and squiggles of ketchup, mustard and spicy mayo. Regular $3.45, super $4.35.

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Hoyt Dog at Mile End Deli

This nouveau Jewish deli is best known for bringing Montreal-style smoked meat to the city, but it also makes its mark on a New York classic with its from-scratch hot dog. The griddled all-beef frank and the tangy sauerkraut are made in-house, while the thick, poppy-seed-studded bun is courtesy of Hot Bread Kitchen. Weekday lunchers can get the dog solo; at night, it comes with pickle relish. Hot dog $8, dinner dog $9.

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