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Doña Zita’s hot dogs
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27 Superior Hot Dogs Around NYC

From the $1 hot dogs at Ikea to newer varieties stuffed into tortas and bagels

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Doña Zita’s hot dogs
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Frankfurters, wieners, red hots, floaters, hot dogs, or tube steaks — call them what you will, weenies are perfect summer fare, perhaps because they’re so cheap (even most of the gourmet ones). Eat them in their streamlined perfection while walking on the beach or relaxing in a park. And vegetarians can enjoy them, too, since their version doesn’t taste all that different, especially when heaped with luscious toppings. After a lull in popularity that happened in the years right before the pandemic, hot dogs are back and stronger than ever, as more cuisines make use of them in innovative ways. Nothing proves this more than the current surge of Korean corn dogs, the most welcome recent addition to New York’s hot dog landscape.

Here are 27 awesome dogs worth wolfing down.

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1. Liebman's Kosher Deli

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552 W 235th St
Bronx, NY 10463
(718) 548-4534
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The franks at this Jewish deli, open since 1953, are some of the best in town. Sit in the retro dining room and feel like your own grandparent. Even when cole slaw or potato salad top the wiener, the salty and beefy flavor still shines. Current owner of Liebman’s Yuval Dekel was once the drummer in a metal band called Irate.

Liebman’s Deli Bronx hot dog frankfurter with potato salad
Frankfurter with potato salad
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2. Rutt's Hut

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417 River Rd
Clifton, NJ 07014
(973) 779-8615
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Yes, this picturesque roadhouse is a little ways out of town in Clifton, New Jersey, but it deserves to be mentioned here because it tenders the best hot dog in New York City and its suburbs (if Clifton can be called a suburb.) In the northern New Jersey style, the mixed-meat sausage is deep fried until a rip develops up the side of its artificial skin. You can request other levels of doneness, and the mustardy relish made on the premises is a further delight.

Three hot dogs in buns with a couple of small American flags.
Three hot dogs, the left one with the house relish.
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3. Bo's Bagels

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235 W 116th St
New York, NY 10026
(917) 902-8345
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Hot dogs have turned up in unexpected places. One in Harlem is at experimental bagel bakery Bo’s, via owners Andrew Martinez and Ashley Dikos. No, the hot dog is not circular, but linear, thrust into a tube of bagel dough, and then boiled and baked. The result is a frank with an added chew factor, a workout for the jaws. Get it on a “sandwich” and find it sided with cheese, chili, and raw onions.

The bagel dog sandwich at Bo’s Bagels
Hot dog bagel
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4. Las Delicias Mexicanas

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2109 3rd Ave
New York, NY 10029
(212) 828-3659
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One of the best ways to eat a hot dog in East Harlem is by having it (actually, several of them) put in a Mexican torta, a bullet-shaped sandwich dressed with guac, refried beans, mayo, jalapeños, and cheese. These are supermarket franks pulled from the refrigerator case, but they taste great in this context.

A round sandwich oozing guacamole with many hot dogs inside.
Salchicha cemita
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5. Papaya King

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179 East 86th St
New York, NY 10028
(212) 369-0648
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This Upper East Side stalwart, open till midnight seven days, has lingered since 1932, and numbers among the city’s favorite hot dog spots. In the last decade or so, it has departed from the basic menu by offering freakish inventions featuring tiny onion rings, barbecue sauce, and processed cheese but stick with basics and have a very fine frank experience.

Papaya King Upper East Side hot dogs
Onions or kraut?
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6. Gray's Papaya

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2090 Broadway
New York, NY 10023
(212) 799-0243
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You can’t get any more fundamental than Gray’s Papaya when it comes to New York hot dogs: slender, natural-skinned, all-beef franks made in New Jersey; a puffy white bun; and your choice of sauerkraut, mustard, and stewed onions, washed down with chalky fruit drinks. Open till 10 p.m. or 11 p.m. each evening at the prime Upper West Side corner of Broadway and 72nd St.

A pair of hot dogs on a red counter with an orange drink.
Two franks with signature papaya drink
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7. Pastrami Queen

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138 W 72nd St A
New York, NY 10023
(212) 877-2874
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Pastrami Queen recently hopped across Central Park and established a larger branch on the Upper West Side. The pastrami is distinguished, and so is the classic Jewish-deli frank. It has deli mustard smeared on it, and the all-beef frank has heft, length, and a natural skin, which more than fills the rather less-distinguished bun. The epitome of the deli frank.

Hot dog on a long bun slathered with yellow mustard.
Mustard-slathered frankfurter
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8. Schaller's Stube Sausage Bar

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1652 2nd Ave
New York, NY 10028
(646) 726-4355
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Among the bravura display of sausages from the Schaller & Weber German market and deposited in a variety of buns at this affiliated sausage window, this weenie is distinctive as the longest. Slid into a pretzel bun and garnished with stewed onions and barbecue sauce, it becomes the “pitmaster,” intended to evoke American barbecue. Despite failing to do so in a fundamental way, it matters not, since this hot dog is delicious, and the sweet oniony flavor is a welcome addition to the perfect salty and savory frank.

A hot dog smothered in onions so long it sticks out of both ends of the bun.
The pitmaster
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9. Kings of Kobe

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650 W 42nd St
New York, NY 10036
(646) 370-5121
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The hot dogs here, made from Wagyu beef, are giant and juicy, and you should really just buy one and eat it by itself to fully appreciate the flavor, rather than ordering one of the featured configurations, which often obscure the meat under a heavy baggage of toppings. The relatively simple king’s classic is the one to get, accessorized with sauerkraut, pickled purple onions, and mustard.

A bulbous dark reddish brown frank in a yellowish bun with purple onion and white sauerkraut smothering it.
King’s classic
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10. Ugly Donuts & Corn Dogs

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136-84 Roosevelt Ave
Queens, NY 11354
(347) 506-0425
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This unusual stall in the midst of downtown Flushing’s transportation hub peddles doughnuts that look like misshapen bows and Korean corn dogs (really, hot dogs fried in a rice batter). The latter have the usual flourishes, but fewer sauces: you can have part of the hot dog replaced with mozzarella, a coating laden with Korean umami powder, or an embedding of the rice batter with potato cubes. A meal consisting of a hot dog on a stick and a powdered sugar doughnut is killer.

A pair of coated franks, one squiggled with yellow mustard, held aloft in a V against a very sunny background.
Korean corn dogs
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11. Followsoshi

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135-24 40th Rd
Queens, NY 11354
(347) 654-6466
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Followsoshi caused a sensation when it opened recently as a stall in the Corner 28 food court. It principally sold Beijing style street food, including jianbing — a rolled-up pancake with all sorts of ingredients inside — and “roasted cold noodles,” which were like a crepe, only softer, with the noodle material on the outside. Jianbing selection B, called sausage king, features a pair of hot dogs wrapped up with crunchy wafers, chile oil, and other goodies, and the result will please frank lovers immensely.

A pancake on a griddle with all sorts of things dribbled on it and a couple of hot dogs.
Jianbing B, sausage king
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12. Frankies Dogs On The Go

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23 Vanderbilt Avenue Grand Central Terminal Dining Concourse/ Track 111
New York, NY 10017
(212) 808-5226
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Frankies is a shiny new hot dog counter in front of Track 111 in the basement of Grand Central Station. Its virtue, apart from its location on the way to the train, lies in the broad choice of hot dogs (all beef, veggie, hot and spicy, jumbo frank) and other sausages, and the wealth of buns (though, alas, some are only sporadically available). The number of toppings provided is similarly dizzying, though note that most toppings cost extra.

A yellowish bun with a mustard squiggled sausage inside on a marble surface.
Hot and spicy frank with mustard and jalapenos
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13. Prontito

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40-25 Forley St
Elmhurst, NY 11373
(347) 556-4950

We envy Los Angeles its under-the-highway, bacon-wrapped Sonoran hot dogs with a shifting roster of toppings, and this Colombian snack shop in Elmhurst comes as close to emulating them as any other place I know of in NYC. There are a few unusual twists: Ask for “super perro a la Mexicana,” which comes with a strip of bacon on top, guacamole, coleslaw, jalapeños, cheese, potato chips, Russian dressing, pico de gallo, and — perhaps strangest of all — a quail egg impaled on a toothpick.

A giant heap of a hot dog smeared with sauces and a small boiled egg on the end.
Los Angeles-style bacon-wrapped dog
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14. Los Chuzos y Algo Mas

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79-01 Roosevelt Ave
Queens, NY 11372
(718) 651-7709

Arepas and chorizos-on-a-stick are the specialties of this green-awninged Colombian snack shop, which has been located on this corner of Roosevelt in Jackson Heights as long as anyone can remember. Its Colombian hot dog is a triumph, an unremarkable frank memorably smothered in sauces, including mustard, pineapple, and one that tastes like Russian dressing. Crunchy potato straws complete the picture.

A hot dog in a bun on a metallic counter with yellow and pink sauces.
Colombian dressed wiener
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15. Chelsea Papaya

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171 W 23rd St
New York, NY 10011
(212) 352-9060

This brightly tiled space channels old-time hot dog joints perfectly, with its grab-and-go demeanor and no-nonsense uniformed personnel. The menu goes way beyond just franks and fries, but the chili cheese dog is still the thing to get. And yes, the chili con carne has beans — this ain’t Texas!

A hot dog in a bun smothered in yellow and with beans sticking out.
Chili cheese dog
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16. Yi Mei Fung Bakery

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8124 Broadway
Flushing, NY 11373
(718) 898-8005

When looking for a hot dog in any neighborhood, keep the Chinese bakery in mind. These wonderful places don’t only sell pastries and coffee, but a range of savory snacks and meals that run to inexpensive sandwiches using bakery bread and pastries that contain frankfurters, often cut up to distribute them over the face of the roll, as in this case in which the pastry resembles a flower with a sweetish dough and a bit of crumbled cheese on top for extra flavor.

A pastry with five petals, with a hot dog segment in the middle of each one.
Hot dog flower
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17. Dickson's Farmstand Meats

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75 9th Ave
New York, NY 10011
(212) 242-2630
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This boutique butcher in Chelsea Market puts its weenies right in the window, and two sizes are available. We recommend the Big Fred — the larger of the two — even though it qualifies as one of the most expensive in town. The garlicky tang of the stuffing mixed with the pungent raw onions and sharp grainy mustard really puts the thing across.

A thick frank in a bun with grainy yellow mustard and coarsely chopped white onions.
Big Fred
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18. Boulevard Drinks

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48 Journal Sq
Jersey City, NJ 07306
(201) 656-1855

Journal Square, Jersey City institution Boulevard Drinks — showing every one of its years since 1962 — is a narrow stall just south of the spectacular Loew’s Jersey Theatre. All it serves are hot dogs and the sorts of drinks seen at Gray’s Papaya. In addition to mustard, ketchup, and “cheese,” the preferred topping is a chili sauce incorporating finely minced onions.

A hot dog in a bun with ground meat topping on a yellow counter.
Jersey chili dog
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19. Two Hands

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147 Avenue A
New York, NY 10009
(646) 912-9684
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Two Hands is a Texas chain that proffers the currently popular Korean corn dogs, coated with a rice batter rather than the usual corncake batter. The result is supremely crunchy, and a small array of configurations are available. Two Hands, which also has Nolita and Chinatown branches, offers a conventional corn dog.

An overhead photograph of a box of five Korean corn dogs, rolled in sugar, dusted with Hot Cheetos, and coated in fried potato cubes
Boxed assortment
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20. Frankel's Delicatessen

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631 Manhattan Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11222
(718) 389-2302
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While Jewish deli franks are generally a predictable commodity — great but unfussy — this Greenpoint joint offers a designer frank more juicy and squirty than usual, though with the usual spare toppings. Plus, the mirrored sleeve it comes in is an added delight. Spoon on the kraut!

A hot dog with heaped kraut sticking out of a metallic sleeve.
Frankfurter with sauerkraut
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21. Katz's Delicatessen

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205 E Houston St
New York, NY 10002
(800) 446-8364
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You probably go to Katz’s prepared to stand in long lines for pastrami or corned beef, but you can usually step right up to the hot dog counter and get one or two right away. These are all beef, natural-skinned franks with a nice salty forcemeat inside and juicy enough so they ooze after you bite into them. One of our favorite unfussy hot dogs in town.

Katz’s hot dog counter Lower East Side, a man in a white paper campaign hat looking at you across the glass counterl.
The hot dog counter
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22. Crif Dogs

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555 Driggs Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11211
(718) 302-3200
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A petulant old-timer — which also spawned cocktail lounge PDT — Crif Dogs is famous for deep-frying its franks, Jersey-style, sometimes after wrapping them in bacon. One favorite is the good morning, featuring a fried egg and melted processed cheese in addition to its snuggly blanket of bacon. Tater tots are another plus. The newer Williamsburg location over the L train exit at Driggs is now sadly closed.

Morning Jersey hot dog at Crif Dogs
Bacon-wrapped frank
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23. Fulton Hot Dog King

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472 Fulton St
Brooklyn, NY 11201
(718) 858-9799

Skip the pizza and hamburgers here, but the slender, old-fashioned franks are just fine at this downtown Brooklyn stand that manages to look decades old, while being around only a few years. No seating to speak of, so go to nearby Albee Square to get comfortable with your dogs.

Fulton Hot Dog King Brooklyn, with a giant sign that says Frankfurters and open sides on the corner.
Right on the downtown Fulton Mall in Brooklyn
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24. IKEA Brooklyn Home Furnishings

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1 Beard St
Brooklyn, NY 11231
(888) 888-4532
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Perhaps the cheapest dogs in town are found as a shopping incentive at the Red Hook Ikea. For $1 apiece you can have one made with meat, or with vegetable matter, with the latter attaining a pleasant grainy quality, while being smothered in a crisp fried onion relish. Both are great, especially considering the price.

IKEA’s vegetarian and meat franks, in buns with dots of mustard.
Frank and veggie frank
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25. Dragon Bay Bakery

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5711 8th Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11220
(718) 853-8188

This combination bakery, lunch counter, and coffee shop in Sunset Park’s Chinatown bakes hot dogs in pastries, including the gloppy and wonderful “golden hot dog.” The goo on top is slightly sweet, and one of these gut bombs constitutes a full meal — well, almost.

A hot dog in a bun smothered in baked-on cheese.
Cheese dog
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26. Nathan's Famous

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1310 Surf Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11224
(718) 946-2202
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With the bracing scent of sea air in your nostrils, what culinary experience at a New York beach can best Nathan’s franks? Smeared with mustard and heaped with sauerkraut, the skins pop when you bite into them. This institution’s pedigree extends to the early days of Brooklyn frankfurter history over a century ago.

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A pair of franks
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27. Doña Zita

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1221 Bowery St
Brooklyn, NY 11224
(347) 492-6160
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This classic purveyor of Mexican fare in a shack by the ocean specializes in Pueblan antojitos that run to tacos, cemitas, tamales, and quesadillas. One additional offering you might not have expected is hot dogs, known in Spanish as salchipapas. There are a couple of regular configurations, including one topped with pico de gallo, plus another which crumbly chorizo. But the real power of this place, frank-wise, is in allowing you to put whatever condiments you desire on your wiener, including salsas, Mexican cheeses, refried beans, fresh chiles, and even carnitas.

Two hot dogs, one topped with bright red ground meat, the other with a relish of chopped tomatoes and other vegetables.
Chorizo and pico de gallo franks
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1. Liebman's Kosher Deli

552 W 235th St, Bronx, NY 10463
Liebman’s Deli Bronx hot dog frankfurter with potato salad
Frankfurter with potato salad
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The franks at this Jewish deli, open since 1953, are some of the best in town. Sit in the retro dining room and feel like your own grandparent. Even when cole slaw or potato salad top the wiener, the salty and beefy flavor still shines. Current owner of Liebman’s Yuval Dekel was once the drummer in a metal band called Irate.

552 W 235th St
Bronx, NY 10463

2. Rutt's Hut

417 River Rd, Clifton, NJ 07014
Three hot dogs in buns with a couple of small American flags.
Three hot dogs, the left one with the house relish.
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Yes, this picturesque roadhouse is a little ways out of town in Clifton, New Jersey, but it deserves to be mentioned here because it tenders the best hot dog in New York City and its suburbs (if Clifton can be called a suburb.) In the northern New Jersey style, the mixed-meat sausage is deep fried until a rip develops up the side of its artificial skin. You can request other levels of doneness, and the mustardy relish made on the premises is a further delight.

417 River Rd
Clifton, NJ 07014

3. Bo's Bagels

235 W 116th St, New York, NY 10026
The bagel dog sandwich at Bo’s Bagels
Hot dog bagel
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Hot dogs have turned up in unexpected places. One in Harlem is at experimental bagel bakery Bo’s, via owners Andrew Martinez and Ashley Dikos. No, the hot dog is not circular, but linear, thrust into a tube of bagel dough, and then boiled and baked. The result is a frank with an added chew factor, a workout for the jaws. Get it on a “sandwich” and find it sided with cheese, chili, and raw onions.

235 W 116th St
New York, NY 10026

4. Las Delicias Mexicanas

2109 3rd Ave, New York, NY 10029
A round sandwich oozing guacamole with many hot dogs inside.
Salchicha cemita
Robert Sietsema/Eater NY

One of the best ways to eat a hot dog in East Harlem is by having it (actually, several of them) put in a Mexican torta, a bullet-shaped sandwich dressed with guac, refried beans, mayo, jalapeños, and cheese. These are supermarket franks pulled from the refrigerator case, but they taste great in this context.

2109 3rd Ave
New York, NY 10029

5. Papaya King

179 East 86th St, New York, NY 10028
Papaya King Upper East Side hot dogs
Onions or kraut?
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This Upper East Side stalwart, open till midnight seven days, has lingered since 1932, and numbers among the city’s favorite hot dog spots. In the last decade or so, it has departed from the basic menu by offering freakish inventions featuring tiny onion rings, barbecue sauce, and processed cheese but stick with basics and have a very fine frank experience.

179 East 86th St
New York, NY 10028

6. Gray's Papaya

2090 Broadway, New York, NY 10023
A pair of hot dogs on a red counter with an orange drink.
Two franks with signature papaya drink
Robert Sietsema/Eater NY

You can’t get any more fundamental than Gray’s Papaya when it comes to New York hot dogs: slender, natural-skinned, all-beef franks made in New Jersey; a puffy white bun; and your choice of sauerkraut, mustard, and stewed onions, washed down with chalky fruit drinks. Open till 10 p.m. or 11 p.m. each evening at the prime Upper West Side corner of Broadway and 72nd St.

2090 Broadway
New York, NY 10023

7. Pastrami Queen

138 W 72nd St A, New York, NY 10023
Hot dog on a long bun slathered with yellow mustard.
Mustard-slathered frankfurter
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Pastrami Queen recently hopped across Central Park and established a larger branch on the Upper West Side. The pastrami is distinguished, and so is the classic Jewish-deli frank. It has deli mustard smeared on it, and the all-beef frank has heft, length, and a natural skin, which more than fills the rather less-distinguished bun. The epitome of the deli frank.

138 W 72nd St A
New York, NY 10023

8. Schaller's Stube Sausage Bar

1652 2nd Ave, New York, NY 10028
A hot dog smothered in onions so long it sticks out of both ends of the bun.
The pitmaster
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Among the bravura display of sausages from the Schaller & Weber German market and deposited in a variety of buns at this affiliated sausage window, this weenie is distinctive as the longest. Slid into a pretzel bun and garnished with stewed onions and barbecue sauce, it becomes the “pitmaster,” intended to evoke American barbecue. Despite failing to do so in a fundamental way, it matters not, since this hot dog is delicious, and the sweet oniony flavor is a welcome addition to the perfect salty and savory frank.

1652 2nd Ave
New York, NY 10028

9. Kings of Kobe

650 W 42nd St, New York, NY 10036
A bulbous dark reddish brown frank in a yellowish bun with purple onion and white sauerkraut smothering it.
King’s classic
Robert Sietsema/Eater NY

The hot dogs here, made from Wagyu beef, are giant and juicy, and you should really just buy one and eat it by itself to fully appreciate the flavor, rather than ordering one of the featured configurations, which often obscure the meat under a heavy baggage of toppings. The relatively simple king’s classic is the one to get, accessorized with sauerkraut, pickled purple onions, and mustard.

650 W 42nd St
New York, NY 10036

10. Ugly Donuts & Corn Dogs

136-84 Roosevelt Ave, Queens, NY 11354
A pair of coated franks, one squiggled with yellow mustard, held aloft in a V against a very sunny background.
Korean corn dogs
Robert Sietsema/Eater NY

This unusual stall in the midst of downtown Flushing’s transportation hub peddles doughnuts that look like misshapen bows and Korean corn dogs (really, hot dogs fried in a rice batter). The latter have the usual flourishes, but fewer sauces: you can have part of the hot dog replaced with mozzarella, a coating laden with Korean umami powder, or an embedding of the rice batter with potato cubes. A meal consisting of a hot dog on a stick and a powdered sugar doughnut is killer.

136-84 Roosevelt Ave
Queens, NY 11354

11. Followsoshi

135-24 40th Rd, Queens, NY 11354
A pancake on a griddle with all sorts of things dribbled on it and a couple of hot dogs.
Jianbing B, sausage king
Robert Sietsema/Eater NY

Followsoshi caused a sensation when it opened recently as a stall in the Corner 28 food court. It principally sold Beijing style street food, including jianbing — a rolled-up pancake with all sorts of ingredients inside — and “roasted cold noodles,” which were like a crepe, only softer, with the noodle material on the outside. Jianbing selection B, called sausage king, features a pair of hot dogs wrapped up with crunchy wafers, chile oil, and other goodies, and the result will please frank lovers immensely.

135-24 40th Rd
Queens, NY 11354

12. Frankies Dogs On The Go

23 Vanderbilt Avenue Grand Central Terminal Dining Concourse/ Track 111, New York, NY 10017
A yellowish bun with a mustard squiggled sausage inside on a marble surface.
Hot and spicy frank with mustard and jalapenos
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Frankies is a shiny new hot dog counter in front of Track 111 in the basement of Grand Central Station. Its virtue, apart from its location on the way to the train, lies in the broad choice of hot dogs (all beef, veggie, hot and spicy, jumbo frank) and other sausages, and the wealth of buns (though, alas, some are only sporadically available). The number of toppings provided is similarly dizzying, though note that most toppings cost extra.

23 Vanderbilt Avenue Grand Central Terminal Dining Concourse/ Track 111
New York, NY 10017

13. Prontito

40-25 Forley St, Elmhurst, NY 11373
A giant heap of a hot dog smeared with sauces and a small boiled egg on the end.
Los Angeles-style bacon-wrapped dog
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We envy Los Angeles its under-the-highway, bacon-wrapped Sonoran hot dogs with a shifting roster of toppings, and this Colombian snack shop in Elmhurst comes as close to emulating them as any other place I know of in NYC. There are a few unusual twists: Ask for “super perro a la Mexicana,” which comes with a strip of bacon on top, guacamole, coleslaw, jalapeños, cheese, potato chips, Russian dressing, pico de gallo, and — perhaps strangest of all — a quail egg impaled on a toothpick.

40-25 Forley St
Elmhurst, NY 11373

14. Los Chuzos y Algo Mas

79-01 Roosevelt Ave, Queens, NY 11372
A hot dog in a bun on a metallic counter with yellow and pink sauces.
Colombian dressed wiener
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Arepas and chorizos-on-a-stick are the specialties of this green-awninged Colombian snack shop, which has been located on this corner of Roosevelt in Jackson Heights as long as anyone can remember. Its Colombian hot dog is a triumph, an unremarkable frank memorably smothered in sauces, including mustard, pineapple, and one that tastes like Russian dressing. Crunchy potato straws complete the picture.

79-01 Roosevelt Ave
Queens, NY 11372

15. Chelsea Papaya

171 W 23rd St, New York, NY 10011
A hot dog in a bun smothered in yellow and with beans sticking out.
Chili cheese dog
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This brightly tiled space channels old-time hot dog joints perfectly, with its grab-and-go demeanor and no-nonsense uniformed personnel. The menu goes way beyond just franks and fries, but the chili cheese dog is still the thing to get. And yes, the chili con carne has beans — this ain’t Texas!

171 W 23rd St
New York, NY 10011

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16. Yi Mei Fung Bakery

8124 Broadway, Flushing, NY 11373
A pastry with five petals, with a hot dog segment in the middle of each one.
Hot dog flower
Robert Sietsema/Eater NY

When looking for a hot dog in any neighborhood, keep the Chinese bakery in mind. These wonderful places don’t only sell pastries and coffee, but a range of savory snacks and meals that run to inexpensive sandwiches using bakery bread and pastries that contain frankfurters, often cut up to distribute them over the face of the roll, as in this case in which the pastry resembles a flower with a sweetish dough and a bit of crumbled cheese on top for extra flavor.

8124 Broadway
Flushing, NY 11373

17. Dickson's Farmstand Meats

75 9th Ave, New York, NY 10011
A thick frank in a bun with grainy yellow mustard and coarsely chopped white onions.
Big Fred
Robert Sietsema/Eater NY

This boutique butcher in Chelsea Market puts its weenies right in the window, and two sizes are available. We recommend the Big Fred — the larger of the two — even though it qualifies as one of the most expensive in town. The garlicky tang of the stuffing mixed with the pungent raw onions and sharp grainy mustard really puts the thing across.

75 9th Ave
New York, NY 10011

18. Boulevard Drinks

48 Journal Sq, Jersey City, NJ 07306