Best cheap hot dogs

Bark Hot Dogs
Despite a long list of toppings on offer, the headlining classic dog ($4.25)—a proprietary pork-and-beef blend—is best enjoyed plain. Take one bite and the taut casing cleanly snaps, revealing a creamy filling with just a hint of smoke. 474 Bergen St at Flatbush Ave, Park Slope, Brooklyn (718-789-1939,

Katz's Delicatessen
These all-beef wieners ($3.10) swell and crisp till taut on a well-seasoned grill, requiring little more than a mustard smear. 205 E Houston St at Ludlow St (212-254-2246,—Joshua M. Bernstein

Shake Shack
Instead of a burger, opt for the Shack-cago Dog ($4.25). The plump Vienna beef frank is placed on a poppy bun with cucumber, onion, tomato, celery salt and relish from local outfit Rick's Picks. Madison Square Park, 23rd St at Madison Ave (212-889-6600, * 366 Columbus Ave at 77th St (646-747-8770)

Willie's Dawgs
Willie's marvelous Murray frankfurter is a beef link planted on a challah roll, then covered with avocado, smashed pinto beans, onions, tomato, jalapeos and mayo ($5). 351 Fifth Ave between 4th and 5th Sts, Park Slope, Brooklyn (718-832-2941,