I read a lot to find the best hot dog place in NYC but there is so many different ones (which is great).
But, someone could maybe recommend me a good address there ?
This is going to be heretical, I know, but as a hot dog lover the best hot dogs in NYC are to be found at any 7-Eleven convenience store. Their Bahama Mama dog is excellent, at least 1/4 pound, fat and juicy. The style is like a German Frankfurter. The 7-Eleven branded Quarter Pounder is a close second and differs from Bahama Mama in that it's more like a garlic sausage.
Street hot dogs, which are all over, are generally terrible. What's more, you can't count on their truth in advertising. I had a dog once at a vendor whose sign promised a Sabrett's (a pretty good dog but too salty for my taste) but what I got was something else, garbage.
Nathan's makes a very good dog, also of the garlic sausage variety, but quite honestly you're more likely to find a convenient Nathan's at a suburban mall than on the streets of NYC
The two competing Papaya chains, Greys Papaya and Papaya King, have very, very good tasting dogs and are definitely in the garlic sausage camp. My only criticism is that they're too skinny. I advise getting a double dog if you go that route, in which case I approve of them.
Interesting. Do you like all 7/11 dogs or just the ones in Manhattan? It would never occur to me to eat one.😳 My faves are Gray,s Papaya and Katz's. I've still never tried Criffs which are highly rated.
IMO there is only one way and one place to eat a hot dog in NYC, and that's at Nathan's in Coney Island. Order from the original store on Surf Ave and walk up to the boardwalk to eat it, or if you prefer (and if it's open) order at the Nathan's store *on* the boardwalk.
Nathan's is an experience - any other hot dog is just a meal.
Crifdog do an incredible selection.
Best Hot Dog in NYC is inside an original prohibition speakeasy in East Village. Feltman’s of Coney Island. A resurrection of the original Coney Island Red Hots (hot dog) where Nathan originally worked as a bun slicer before opening his place on the same block on Surf ave. Now there’s also a Feltmans on Surf in the original location in Coney Island right by the Cyclone
Last time we had this argument I tried Nathan’s, Criff, Grays Papaya, and Feltmans on the same day. Feltmans was the best, Grays was actually the worst. Most of the Papaya places are now closed btw, except for the upper east and west locations.
"right by the Cyclone"
So do you recommend eating a Feltman's hot dog before, after, or during your ride on the Cyclone?
During. And if you finish it while riding, your name will appear on the new Feltman’s Hall of Fame wall. Their answer to the eating contest wall.
Ps Hospital is nearby on ocean pkwy
Another Nathans fan love going to Coney Island for one.
We will stay there 9 days, so I guess we will have time to try all of those places :)
Thank you so much ! :)
I'm not a fan of Nathan's, but I do think the experience of ordering a hot dog from Nathan's on the Coney Island boardwalk is one that no meat-consuming human should forgo if he/she has the opportunity.
Whatever you do, do NOT purchase and eat hot dogs from a street vendor unless you want an experience in how bad hot dogs can be. The quality of street vendor hot dogs and pretzels has gone downhill since I was a kid. They are inedible. It's not even like eating food. I never throw away food and I have thrown away street hot dogs bought in desperation.