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The best cheap hot dogs in NYC

A perfect frankfurter doesn’t need to be pricey—these best cheap hot dogs in NYC are delicious proof

Written by
Melissa Kravitz Hoeffner
&
Time Out contributors
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There’s perhaps nothing more New York tasting than a cheap hot dog plucked right off a street cart for a single dollar—rivaling the satisfaction of dollar slices—but sometimes you want your hot dog experience to be a bit more, well, tasty. While most of the city’s best cheap burgers still clock in at more than $10 each, just a few bucks buys you some of the best hot dogs in NYC.

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Best cheap hot dogs in NYC

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  • Hot dogs
  • Upper East Side
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Tubesteaks-and tropical-quaff purveyors are aplenty in this city, but the King is the original, an Upper East Side mainstay since the 1930s. Amidst the multicolored tiles and neon signs, find hickory-smoked hot dogs and milky papaya juice in a variety of combinations: The $5 “original” consists of two franks crowned with kraut, onions or relish alongside a 16oz sipper; or double down for a “Grand Slam,” which gets you two specialty dogs (chili-and-cheddar, coleslaw-and-pickle), a papaya drink and curly fries for $9.99.

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  • Restaurants
  • Hot dogs
  • East Village
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While the Spicy Redneck and egg-topped Good Morning Dog both have their loyal fan bases, Crif Dogs’ most unique frank creation should not be overlooked: A peanut butter– spread bun is lined with crushed potato chips and pickle slices, and filled with a bacon-wrapped dog.

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  • Restaurants
  • Delis
  • Boerum Hill
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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. Each component is made in-house, from the griddled all-beef frank to the tangy sauerkraut and thick, poppy-seed–studded bun. Hot dog $8, combo $11.

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  • Restaurants
  • Hot dogs
  • Queens
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Since 1959, Queens lunchers have been lining up for the old-school franks at this food truck outside St. John Cemetery. Get the boiled natural-casing Sabrett on a steamed bun with homemade spiced and sauted onions or punchy sauerkraut, and wash it down with a soda, in flavors like black cherry and cream, from 140-year-old White Rock. $3.

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  • Restaurants
  • Upper West Side
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Though it’s nearly doubled in price since the combo debuted after the 2008 recession (it’s now $5.95), this double hot dog and drink deal is still a bargain—and a tasty one at that. Get two franks topped with kraut and a side cup of papaya juice, all to scarf down at the counter before you move on with your (hopefully healthier) day.

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