New York hot dogs and summer, a long-standing tradition. No longer just the ballpark variety, hot dog styles vary greatly. You probably know popular hot dog vendors like Papaya Dog and the carts around town, but there are so many types of hot dogs, why not try something different. Hot dog restaurants are popping up around New York that offer some of the best hot dogs in NYC. So no more plain and simple, no more streetcarts–this city has the real deal when it comes to satisfying hot dog cravings. And you should take advantage of it.
The appropriately named Bark is a BrooklynPark Slope hotdog haven, , where you can get a slew of hot dogs styles ranging from exotic to the simple American classic. With options like chili cheese, bacon cheddar, or sauerkraut–it doesn’t get much better than this. Inside, there’s bench-like seating and always a selection of Sixpoint beers on draft. Every time I’ve been here, the food has been tasty to the last crumb of the bun. Bark is located on Bergen Street between Fifth and Flatbush Avenues, just above the subway entrance to the 2 and 3 trains. One thing’s for sure, this NYC hot dog spot is a step up from the norm.
Crif Dogs, which we mentioned in our Fourth of July post, also has a loyal following. Since its founding back in 2001, Crif Dogs has attracted legions of fans who now refuse to order hotdogs anywhere else. With locations on Saint Marks Place in the East Village and Driggs Avenue in Williamsburg, this place serves up hot dog variations that are borderline weird–from a hotdog wrapped in a fried egg, to one slathered in schmear. Sure it’s different–but it works! And with a red sausage sign outside, you can’t miss the Crif Dogs wonderland.
Japadog is the new contender in town, having established itself as hot dog king in Vancouver, BC for many years. Located right in the East Village, and just as the name suggests, they specialize in hotdogs with a Japanese twist. This means items like “spicy cheese Terimayo” and “Kurobuta pork sausage” in a plain, American bun (served with the very-American sides of fries and a coke). You’ve never had hotdogs like these before, so swing by 30 St Marks Pl for a bite of a Japadog–your tongue will thank you.
Over the past decade, New York has certainly become a true player in the hotdog business. It’s been an interesting shift from Nathans to Bark, but a tasty one at that. So wipe clean your palate and your old perception of hotdogs, because these New York hot dog restaurants are ready to spice up your summer.