Where: 113 St. Marks Pl.
America's favorite pastime food is the hot dog, enjoyed at picnics, beaches, sporting events, and Crif Dog. The late-night hot spot, designed to mimic a speakeasy, now has two locations to serve you. Receiving various awards over the years and also earning status as Martha Stewart's favorite hot dog, Crif Dog deserves its own slot on the food pyramid.
With over 15 specialty hot dogs to choose from, there's something for everyone. My choices for the night were the custom crif dog and their infamous chili dog. My custom dog included a crispy bacon wrapped dog with succulent sautéed onions and ketchup. The taste reminded me of the street dogs back in Los Angeles but with New York flare. The chili dog was coupled with mustard, chopped onions, and their secret chili sauce. To round out the meal, I ordered a side of piping hot, crunchy tater tots.
If you're feeling sly and are prepped with a RSVP, try entering the discreet phone booth and pick up the phone for entrance to the "secret" speakeasy/bar. If you gain entrance, be sure to check the menu for some exclusive dogs (for example, the wasabi dog) offered only on that side of the phone booth.
Crif Dog is open 'til 4 a.m. on Friday and Saturday.