Doggy-Style

Forget the sidewalk carts; these franks cater to you

In this city fueled by high-low culture, hot dog joints have become serious battlegrounds for the best in cheap and chic. No matter which of the following style tribes you belong to, there is a matching frankfurter out there just for you.


Jet-setters will love F&B (269 West 23rd Street, 646-486-4441), where the Great Dane ($3.50), a pork sausage topped with crunchy fried onions, remoulade, and pickles, makes Copenhagen seem just a subway ride away. The fried green beans—I mean haricots frits ($2.95)—dripping with garlic butter and a bottle of Dom Pérignon ($150) make for a posh continental meal.

Famished after another exhausting shopping spree at designer hot spot Jeffrey? Head across 14th Street to Pop Burger (58-60 Ninth Avenue, 212-414-8686), where they make more than just mini-burgers. This celebrity hang, located in the meatpacking district, serves up a mean pair of hot dogs ($5 for two) and Page Six-worthy gossip. Wash it all down with bottled water ($1.75), still (Evian) or sparkling (Perrier).

Nostalgia meets ethical responsibility at Sparky's All-American Food(135-A North 5th Street, Brooklyn, 718-302-5151), where you can buy retro candy necklaces along with a grass-fed, antibiotic-free, dry-aged, all-beef hot dog. Number 12 ($2.90) comes with homemade chile pickle relish and spicy ketchup, satisfying your need for novelty cuisine and comfort food in one sitting.

If you are looking for a wiener with a side of anarchy, go to Crif Dogs(113 St. Marks Place, 212-614-2728), where you can order a Spicy Redneck ($3.50), the house frank, which is wrapped in bacon and deep-fried, then topped with chili, coleslaw, and jalapeños. Warning: Eat your nacho-cheese-smothered Tater Tots slowly; there's a sign on the wall that reads, "Hey asshole, if you're choking, the CPR kit is behind the counter. Good luck!"

 
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