PDT

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88 Impressive

Imagine if Milk & Honey or Pegu Club served deep-fried hot dogs.

113 St. Marks Pl., New York, NY, 10009

212-614-0386

http://pdtnyc.com

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PDT is the hot-dog joint for grown-ups. Actually, it’s the cocktail-lounge annex to Crif Dogs, an East Village mainstay known for its deep-fried Jersey-style franks. Accessed through a vintage phone booth within Crif Dogs, PDT (short for Please Don’t Tell) is a snug, sexy speakeasy with a twist: Along with its high-quality classic cocktails and a well-chosen selection of beer and wine, patrons can order food from Crif’s kitchen next door. Oddly, it works: A paper boat of foil-wrapped waffle fries goes nicely with the Planter Punch. PDT’s abbreviated menu offers a smallish bacon cheeseburger, a veggie option and four kinds of deep-fried dogs — although you can put in special requests from the full Crif Dog menu next door, which includes our favorite, the New Yorker, Crif’s sole grilled all-beef frank. The idea is genius and a time-saver: food you eat when you’re drunk, served while you’re in the process of getting that way.

Rob Patronite and Robin Rainsfeld

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DrinksFull Bar

Noise LevelCivilized