Eat and Drink NYC hot dogs: The best franks from Nathan's to Papaya King By Melissa Kravitz Updated July 22, 2016 1:44 PM Print Share fbShare Tweet Email Get ready to relish in some tasty franks. When it comes to NYC hot dogs, there are many to love. Here are some of most notable franks to check out. For the traditionalist: Nathan's Famous Photo Credit: Getty Images / Andrew Burton sNathan's hot dogs are legendary in NYC -- and for good reason. Taste them for yourself if you haven't already. Multiple locations, nathansfamous.com, but the original is in Coney Island. For the cheap eater: Gray's Papaya Photo Credit: Google Maps There's pretty much no better deal in Manhattan than the recession special at Gray's Papaya. For $4.95, enjoy two all-beef franks topped with mustard, ketchup and 'kraut along with a homemade tropical drink. Open 24 hours, you can enjoy this cheap meat around the clock. 2090 Broadway, grayspapayanyc.com For the toppings enthusiast: Papaya King Photo Credit: Getty Images / Stan Honda Not to be confused with the iconic Gray's Papaya, the 80-year-old Papaya King is all about piling on toppings like chili, cheese, mushrooms, onion rings, curly fries and so much more. Upgrade to bacon-wrapped, all-beef, veggie or foot-long for extra fun. 179 E. 86th St., 3 St. Marks Pl. and 6 Flatbush Ave., Downtown Brooklyn, papayaking.com For the burger obsessed: Shake Shack Photo Credit: Bruce Gilbert It's no secret that Shake Shack started out as a hot dog cart. This upscale fast food joint's 100% all-natural hot dogs (no hormones and no antibiotics) are split, griddled and served on a soft Martin's Potato Roll. Top with cheese sauce for pure happiness. Multiple locations, shakeshack.com For the street food lover: Los Verdes Photo Credit: Los Verdes Inspired by Colombian and other Latin American street food, this Miami-based fast food restaurant serves up some of the most interesting hot dogs in the city. An eclectic list of toppings includes mozzarella, bacon, potato chips, pineapple sauce and quail egg. Go for the perro doble: two hot dogs on one bun. 46-26 Greenpoint Ave., Queens, losverdes.com For the Chinese takeout addict: AsiaDog Photo Credit: Getty Images / Stephen Lovekin The all-American eat gets an Asian spin with AsiaDog's clever toppings. Beef, organic beef, chicken and veggie dogs are all topped in various elements of Asian cuisine, including a Japanese curry and homemade kimchi apple dog, a Chinese pork belly topped dog and even a Vietnamese banh mi style dog packed in a bun with aioli, pate, pickled carrot and daikon and more. Multiple locations, asiadognyc.com For the vegan dog lover: Dirt Candy's Broccoli Dog Photo Credit: Dirt Candy At vegetable-mecca Dirt Candy, chef Amanda Cohen's beloved Broccoli Dogs ($16) are the hot dog dish for veg-heads. Smoked, grilled and quickly sautéed broccoli stalks are tucked inside a toasted, homemade bun. The "dogs" are topped with broccoli kraut, secret mustard-vinegar sauce and micro broccoli. The smoky sweetness is totally reminiscent of a classic American hot dog and the dish is served with a side of house-made salt-and-vinegar broccoli rabe chips for your fry fix. 86 Allen St., dirtcandynyc.com For the New Yorker: Dirty water dogs Photo Credit: Getty Images / Stan Honda Maybe you have your favorite hot dog stand, or perhaps you've never actually gone for the questionable 99-cent tube meat on the corner. But you should try it -- you're a New Yorkah! By Melissa Kravitz Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Comments We're revamping our Comments section. Learn more and share your input.