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NYC's 7 Messiest Hot Dogs

NYC's 7 Messiest Hot Dogs

Hoyt Dog: Your can barely get your lips around this baby

The Louisiana Purchase Exhibition of 1904 - more commonly known as the St. Louis World's Fair - was supposedly the first time a hot dog was crammed into a bun. Before that time, hot dogs had been handed out with a pair of white gloves at such events as Chicago's Columbia Exposition of 1893, so you could hold your weenie without greasing up your fingers.

Yes, the bun was invented to keep your hands clean, which is why it's highly ironic that in the rush to make the humble hot dog a complete meal by piling on tons of gloppy ingredients, you can once again no longer eat a frank without making a gigantic mess.

Here are the worst culprits (or maybe we should say "best"), mess-wise, to be found in the city today.

7. Hoyt Dog at Mile End Sandwich (above) -- It comes heaped with sauerkraut and a sticky pickled onion-mustard relish, so that you can't even get your lips around this thing without spilling condiments in your lap. Must be eaten with a knife and fork. 53 Bond Street, 212-529-2990

NYC's 7 Messiest Hot Dogs

6. Cheese Chili Dog at Papaya King -- You may laugh at the assertion that this frank can't be eaten with the hands, but remember the chili con carne and the "cheese" sauce are boilingly hot as they're spooned on, and very liquid, too, so that the slightest tilt sends them shooting your way like lava out of a volcano. 179 East 86th Street, 212-369-0648

NYC's 7 Messiest Hot Dogs

5. Hot Dog at Bark on the High Line -- In good weather, the Brooklyn hot dog maven Bark -- famous for brushing their wieners with smoked lard -- mounts an outdoor operation, with a customizable frank that turns gloppy as the toppings multiply. Moreover, those toppings are irresistible (and free), so that any Bark frank purchased on the old railroad roadbed is going to be a giant mess.

NYC's 7 Messiest Hot Dogs

4. Umami Dog at Japadog -- Sneeze on this thing and bonito flakes fly all over the place. Tilt it and thick soy sauce and mayo drool out the ends. Put this on a flat surface, push back from the table, and eat it at a distance. 30 St. Marks Place, 646-476-2324

NYC's 7 Messiest Hot Dogs

3. Amerro-Perro at Los Perros Locos -- Believe it or not, this is the Colombian version of the American chili dog, featuring Fritos, chili con carne, and a mayo based sauce, and the only thing that keeps from it from ascending to number one, is that the chili is dry and not messy. You can almost eat this with your hands, except then you'll be dusting greasy Frito fragments flecked with mayo off your lapels. 201 Allen Street, 212-473-1200

NYC's 7 Messiest Hot Dogs

2. MegaDog at Hello Deli -- Consider every aspect of this umkempt dog to be a threat: Onion, lettuce, bacon, french fry, even floppy yellow cheese can act as a missile to deliver a smear of ketchup or mustard to your outfit. This remarkably cheap construction is so messy, it was featured on the Letterman show. 213 West 53rd Street, 212-489-7832

 

NYC's 7 Messiest Hot Dogs

1. Colombian Hot Dog at Los Chuzos y Algo Mas -- The Colombian-style frank is the messiest hot dog in town, conventionally topped with crumbly white cheese, canned pineapple, potato sticks, and an ugodly trio of mustard, ketchup, and Russian dressing, squirted on in abundance. We challenge you to even just pick this contraption up without sending the toppings flying in all directions. Eat with a raincoat or wet suit on. 79-01 Roosevelt Avenue, Jackson Heights, Queens. 718-651-7709

NYC's 7 Messiest Hot Dogs

Nothing better in the rain than a Colombian-style hot dog

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Los Perros Locos

201 Allen St.
New York, NY 10002

212-473-1200

www.losperroslocos.com

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Japadog

30 St. Marks Place
New York, NY 10003

646-476-2324

www.japadog.comnewyork.html

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Bark Hot Dogs

474 Bergen St.
Brooklyn, NY 11217

718-789-1939

www.barkhotdogs.com

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Mile End Sandwich

53 Bond St.
New York, NY 10012

212-529-2990


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