1. Nathan’s Famous
1310 Surf Ave., at Stillwell Ave., Coney Island, Brooklyn, 718-946-2202
Illustrious site of the annual July 4 scarfathon—the franks here are way better than the ones at the ubiquitous Nathan’s satellites.
2. Gray’s Papaya
402 Sixth Ave., at 8th St.; 212-260-3532
Slim and snappy, the best of the papaya posse.
205 E. Houston St., at Ludlow St., 212-254-2246
Classic deli dog, classic deli setting.
122 Union St., nr. Columbia St., Carroll Gardens, Brooklyn 718-855-2879
Numerous types of wieners, some from the legendary Bronx sausage-maker Stahl-Meyer.
5. Shake Shack
In Madison Square Park; 212-889-6600
Home of the geographically incorrect Chicago-style dog, and proud of it.