Photo by myself on the Upper West Side, at 72nd Street and Broadway.
For whatever reason, the hot dog is somewhat associated with New York City. Above, Gray's Papaya hot dogs in particular are linked to NYC.
Hot dogs are one form of street food. They're portable, they accommodate a variety of toppings. They're inexpensive.
Restauranteur Danny Meyer prefers the Chicago style dogs at his own Shack Shack locations. Tennis star Patrick McEnroe favors Papaya King dogs with mustard. Mark and I prefer the New York style dogs at Nathan's, which are very skinny and long, with mustard and sauerkraut.
Ruth Reichl, the former editor of Gourmet Magazine, is the 'real New Yorker' in the Grey's Papaya ad. She claims the Gray's Papaya dog as her all-time favorite.
Check out this list for a survey foodies of their favorite hot dogs.
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