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NYC hot dogs: The best franks from Nathan's to Papaya King

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

sNathan's hot dogs are legendary in NYC --
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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

There's pretty much no better deal in Manhattan
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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

Not to be confused with the iconic Gray's
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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

It's no secret that Shake Shack started out
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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

Inspired by Colombian and other Latin American street
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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

The all-American eat gets an Asian spin with
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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

At vegetable-mecca Dirt Candy, chef Amanda Cohen's beloved
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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

Maybe you have your favorite hot dog stand,
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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!

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