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Four hot dogs to try when in NYC

New York City has gained the reputation of having the most varied, intricate, and delightful cuisine in the country. The city host’s many of the best restaurants in the world, and small eateries, from cafes to street carts, keep the busy New Yorkers well fed, tailoring to every possible preference. 

You can indeed find every food in the world somewhere in the Big Apple, but certain dishes are simply iconic. The New York cheesecake, the NY-style pizza, and of course, the hot dog. If you’re planning a visit to this bustling city, make sure you try their best hot dogs. These are our top picks.

Nathan’s Famous Hot Dogs

Nathan’s is a big franchise now, but the original hot dog establishment still stands in the Coney Island neighborhood of the Brooklyn borough. Precisely at the corner of Surf and Stillwell Avenues.

Opened for business in 1916, this place is credited as the creator of the hot dog. Plain, with cheese and bacon-wrapped, are just a few variations of their signature dish and it’s not all hot dogs at Nathan’s, their fried frog legs are popular since first served in the 1950s.

Paul’s Dogs Food Truck

This famous food truck is easy to spot; crowds gather whenever this iconic Staten Island truck parks for service. Their hot dogs are of high quality and each skillfully assembled. The onion sauce stands out, and their chili and cheese version is amongst its most popular items. Paul’s dogs serves sliders and Philly Cheese Steaks too, but you know you’re there for the dog. 

Find this legend on wheels through a specialized food truck finder online. You’ll thank us later. 

Gray’s Papaya

Located at 2090 Broadway and 72nd Street, this place has been featured in more films than any other hot dog restaurant. Their dogs are New York’s icons, served with the traditional sauerkraut and sautéed onions; every bite is delightful. 

This might be a hot dog lover’s heaven, but the restaurant is also famous for its tropical fruit juices and fresh beverages; that’s where the Papaya name comes from. Ask a New Yorker for a good dog, and they’ll always point to Gray’s Papaya.  

Schaller’s Stube Sausage Bar

No one takes hot dogs more seriously than Schaller’s Stube in Upper Side New York. The classic bratwurst is only one of many high-quality sausages. Knackwursts, Beef Weiners, Andouille Sausages, Bauernbusts, Irish Bangers, and even a chickenbrat make the core of some of the most gorgeous dogs you’ve ever seen. 

Classic toppings like brown mustard, sauerkraut and sautéed onions are always available, but fancier options including sriracha aioli, curry ketchup and Cajun slaw make every hot dog something to remember. 

Yes, you don’t have to walk far to find a perfectly well-made hot dog in New York City, and yes, everyone has its favorite, but some are simply on another level. Competition is fierce and quality higher than ever. These are our favorite dogs in town, which ones are yours?

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