Top Dog! Five NYC Frankfurters Earn Top Rank

Nathan’s isn’t the only famous frankfurter in the city

Hot Dog

Nothing says summer like a hot dog and a cold drink.

Here’s something to relish: The Daily Meal has ranked five New York City hot dogs among the top 50 in the nation.

The “Mustard and Sauerkraut” dog from Katz’s Deli in Manhattan had the best showing, placing at number two.

“It’s a New York hot dog,” Jake Dell, the fifth-generation owner of Katz’s, said of the winning dog. “We go through almost 4,000 hot dogs a week.”

Brooklyn’s Bark Hot Dogs placed at number eight thanks to its “Bacon and Cheddar” dog, which also includes pickled onions; the frank is also basted with lard butter as it’s cooked.

“It’s one of my favorites,” Josh Sharkey, the founder of Bark Hot Dogs, told the Observer. “It’s the perfect mix of smoky, fatty, cheesy.”

You can start your morning off with clogged arteries if you eat Crif Dogs’ “Good Morning” dog, ranked number 24 on the list. This bacon-wrapped, deep-fried frankfurter is topped with melted cheese and a fried egg for a breakfast to remember.

Shake Shack may be a nationwide craze, but it originated in New York and The Daily Meal ranks its “Shack-Cago” hot dog at number 28. A twist on a Windy City favorite, the frank comes with relish, onion, cucumber, pickle, tomato, sport pepper, celery salt and mustard.

Capping off the list at number 50 is Gray’s Papaya’s classic “New York-Style” dog. It is topped with only mustard, sauerkraut and onions, but sometimes the simplest frankfurter does the trick.

Bon appétit!