- The Cannibal
113 E. 29th St., nr. Park Ave. S.; 212-686-5480
It’s fighting words to call one hot dog the best in town, but if anybody’s going to serve it, the meat-specialist offshoot of a Belgian restaurant seems a likely candidate. Butcher–cum–beer emporium the Cannibal went in next to Resto last year, and while its designer charcuterie and dreamy lardo toast are worth a repeat visit, the best thing on the menu may be the simplest: the juicy, chili-topped Cannibal Dogs. The pair of tube steaks ($14 for two) is inspired by the Greek diners, a.k.a. Coney Islands, found in and around Detroit. Adhering to that style, succulent all-beef franks are ladled with a cumin-laced beef-heart chili, plus raw onions and yellow mustard, and served on a squishy bun. It’s a dish so deliciously fatty and balanced in flavor, you’ll want another order for dessert.
Best Hot Dog
From the 2012 Best of New York issue of New York Magazine
So what exactly does “best” mean in a city with thousands of pizza joints, hundreds of celebrity masseuses, and museum-worthy concept shops on every corner? Well, in the case of this, our annual “Best of New York” roundup, there’s a heavy emphasis on what’s new or what has somehow remained virtually unheard of (until now, of course).