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America's Best Hot Dogs

Crif Dogs, New York

Open since 2001, this East Village restaurant is the brainchild of Brian Shebairo and Chris Antista (whose first name sounds like “Crif” when pronounced with a smoked, deep-fried, beef-and-pork wiener in one’s mouth—which is how the true Crif dog comes). Crif is known for its ultracreative combinations, like the Morning Jersey—a ham-wrapped link separated from its bun by melted cheese and a fried egg—or the Jon-Jon Dragon, which has a generous slathering of cream cheese, some scallions, and a sprinkling of the seeds found on an everything bagel. And be sure to check out the phone booth, behind which lies the speakeasy PDT. —Charlotte Druckman

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