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
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.