City Guide: New York

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By Ryan Harrington

Crif Dogs

New York City hot dog vendors have nothing on this creative hot dog temple with a semi-secret cocktail lounge.

This subterranean hot dog den’s aesthetic is at home in the East Village—a working Ms. Pac-Man tabletop, vintage condom dispensers, and exposed brick and corrugated metal walls all harken back to the neighborhood’s old school, counter culture days. Even the dogs themselves have some New York flavor, literally. Try the John-John Deragon, a deep fried wiener, slathered in cream cheese, everything bagel seasoning, and sliced scallions. Can’t decide? Order a Crif Pack, and leave the choices in the hands of the experts—a hot dog omakase, if you will. And New York’s worst kept secret, the speakeasy known as PDT (Please Don’t Tell), is just on the other side of the phone booth. If their amazing cocktails work up your appetite, don’t worry, you can still order those chili dogs and tots from Crif straight to the bar.

Must try:
Tsunami Dog
Cheap Eats / Hot Dogs
Reservations: None
Hours: Sun-Thurs 12pm-2am, Fri-Sat 12pm-4am
Location: East Village
Address: 113 St Mark's Place
Phone: (212) 614-2728
  • Subway / 6 to Astor Place
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