Crif Dogs

Crif Dogs

Hot Dog Joint$$$$
East Village, New York
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  • hot dogs
  • spicy redneck
  • tater tots
  • good for a late night
  • tsunami dog
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  • Chris P.
    Chris PolloneAugust 11, 2015
    Very good. Maybe not as good as the elevated NY reputation. Get the good morning & spicy redneck. In the BLT, the lettuce and tomato overpower the dog. Think Destination Dogs or Bark are better.
  • Thrillist
    ThrillistSeptember 4, 2013
    We did all the delicious sober work for you, and ate/ranked all 19 of the dogs they've got on hand, from the corn, to all things bacon-wrapped, to the veggie, just because we had to. Read more
  • Omar E.
    Omar ElddinJanuary 3, 2016
    We ordered a Crif pack, i liked the idea that the hot dog types are randomly chosen, it's exciting. The Tsunami, Jon Jon Deragon, Philly tube steak & the tots were all amazing. Waffle fries were bad.
  • The Corcoran Group
    The Corcoran GroupJuly 18, 2012
    This is the place to experiment with your Dog toppings! We’re fans of the jon-jon (cream cheese, scallions & everything bagel seeds) and the spicy red neck (bacon, chili, cole slaw & jalapenos).
  • Mike W.
    Mike WinstonDecember 9, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    Perfect for those late night munchies. All of their bacon-wrapped deep fried hot dogs are great, but I love the Tsunami, Spicy Redneck, and Jon-Jon Deragon best. Read more on WinstonWanders below!! Read more
  • Gothamist
    Gothamist4 days ago
    The sublime Spicy Redneck ($4.75), for example, is a house dog wrapped in bacon and topped with cole slaw, chili, and jalapeños, but every bite is in harmony, the whole obviously prepared with love. Read more
  • Chefs Feed
    Chefs FeedAugust 3, 2016
    "Get the Jon-Jon Deragon Dog hot dog at Jim Meehan's bar attached to Crif Dog, which comes with cream cheese, scallions, and everything bagel seeds. I wish I’d thought of it!" - Chef Wylie Dufresne Read more
  • Julie A.
    Julie AvraApril 12
    Oh baby those cheese tots!!!! A small order is pretty big. And any bacon wrapped dog, especially the Lil Ma, which had peanut butter and pickles and potato chips (pregnancy craving joke?).
  • Sean S.
    Sean SmithApril 28
    Sometimes you just need a gourmet hot dog. And when that happens I like to head to Crif Dog. The John John Derragon (wrapped in bacon) is my favorite, but peruse the menu and see what catches your eye
  • TEV N.
    TEV NYCOctober 9, 2012
    New Yorkers love hot dogs, duh. Now you can enjoy unique combinations of ingredients all for under $5. Make sure to try the Good Morning-bacon wrapped dog smothered with melted cheese and a fried egg
  • Village Voice
    Village VoiceJune 3, 2013
    You haven't lived until you've been to Crif Dogs. Minimize the calorie bomb and conquer breakfast AND lunch with the Morning Jersey: a deep-fried frank wrapped in Taylor ham, topped w/ a fried egg.
  • Zach Aarons
    Zach AaronsDecember 31, 2011
    Best #hotdog in New York. They fry all their dogs and cook them special. Get one loaded up with chili and bacon. Go next door to PDT to get designer dogs from famous chefs (4 of 4 petals via Fondu) Read more
  • Brad G.
    Brad GrahamSeptember 21, 2013
    Jon-Jon Deragon. Small tots. (2 locations/truck) Then Tony & David Chang enter the hidden entrance to Please Dont Tell bar located next door for a few drinks and more dogs: Momofuku dog. Wiley dog.
  • Adam H.
    Adam HillAugust 7, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    I love this place, everyone should love this place. If you don't love this place I hate you. I generally go with at least a Good Morning, but have never had anything I didn't like
  • Tom M.
    Tom M.April 8, 2013
    My favorite way to eat a hot dog is with sauerkraut, now I have a second favorite---with bacon, Thank you Crif Dogs, Thank you very much!---and your fries are awesome too!
  • Andrew D.
    Andrew DollJanuary 1, 2015
    Been here 10+ times
    AWESOME dogs! Mostly famed for what's behind the phone booth, this hotdog shop is top dog (forgive the terrible pun). Excellent quality, awesome menu, amazing atmosphere, and delicious!
  • Jonathan R.
    Jonathan RamirezJune 1, 2015
    The hot dogs are amazingly delicious here. Definitely a place to go back to and eat especially with a group of friends. Even go on a date, the atmosphere there is great
  • Natasha T.
    Natasha TaylorJuly 18, 2012
    TSUNAMI! You can never go wrong at Crif Dogs - wonderful selection but cramped space. But what do you expect when eating a hot dog? Gourmet Dining??? It's worth the trip to the East Village.
  • Ricky S.
    Ricky SherrillOctober 29, 2015
    They make some of the best hotdogs in the City. You can go basic or try one of their fancy dogs. Can't go wrong but you should consider ordering 2 or 3.
  • leotreg
    leotregMarch 12, 2014
    The Chihuahua and the Spicy Redneck are great. The tater tots are also worth it. Also there is a secret speakeasy entrance in the phonebooth ; ) go in and pick up the phone.
  • Molly Anne K.
    Molly Anne KreterNovember 15, 2013
    Amazing alternative for PDT. Once I realized I could be eating a hot dog draped in pepperoni and drinking a miller high life, the need to go to the speakeasy lost it's appeal! Amazeballs!
  • Jeanette W.
    Jeanette WongMay 6, 2012
    SPICY REDNECK. Ask for extra cole slaw, chili, and raw onions. Be prepared to drool like a caveman. Fresh cut waffle cheese fries. Genesee cream ale beer. Glorious meal on St. Marks.
  • funky f.
    funky flavorNovember 3, 2016
    Very packed of drunk ppl, but this is the place you need to go in order to call and to get in the please don't tell speak easy, their dogs are not too bad.
  • Gabriel H.
    Gabriel HayesJanuary 19, 2016
    Been here 5+ times
    While there are hot dog staples for traditional hot dogs (Nathans, Papaya Dog, etc.), these are the best gourmet hot dogs in all of New York City.
  • Victoria W.
    Victoria WoosterDecember 11, 2016
    For two persons I recommend one hot dog each one and one large fries or tater tots to share. The "good morning" and "Chihuahua" are great options!
  • Matt M.
    Matt MagerOctober 25, 2012
    Been here 50+ times
    Try. Sour Cheese dog with an egg and mustard. I have at least 3 a week:) Also, the staff are amazing; don't forget to tip them. They totally deserve it.
  • Ina L.
    Ina LiOctober 17, 2015
    Get a hot dog while you wait for PDT, or simply just come for the hot dog, cause it's that delicious!
  • Ted T.
    Ted TrentlerAugust 7, 2014
    Awsome dogs. My Favorite is the Spicy Redneck. Bacon wrapped with chili coleslaw and Jalapeño peppers.
  • Michelle C.
    Michelle C.May 8, 2012
    Zagat rated "The Chihuahua" as one of the top 10 tastiest NYC hot dogs. Get a PBR to wash it down or go through the phone booth to PDT for cocktails!
  • James P.
    James ParkJune 10, 2013
    Always get the spicy redneck. It's so good that I devour it in two bites. Crunchy coleslaw and bacon FTW!!!
  • Compass
    CompassJuly 24, 2013
    Creatively-adorned hot dogs are this late-night spot’s jam. Branch out from the usual ketchup and mustard routine into fried eggs, cream cheese and even Jalapeno peppers.
  • @JaumePrimero
    @JaumePrimeroDecember 20, 2013
    So, word on the street is that the Jon Jon Deragon is best served with hot sauce and bacon. I dare you to order the knuckle sandwich!
  • Elizabeth B.
    Elizabeth BrimSeptember 27, 2011
    veggie dogz, breakfast dogz, cheese sauce, california dogz, tater tots. mix, match, come hungry and get creative, then order thirds. it's a doggie, dog tasty world down here.
  • Joshua L.
    Joshua LutzNovember 5, 2011
    The telephone booth entrance to the speak easy is a fun gag. Hot dogs are the best in NYC. oh wait, I dont think they want the speak easy to be public info. oops
  • Maciej Z.
    Maciej ZielińskiApril 11, 2016
    Evey position in menu is perfect, it everything! :) and check the fries with chease and chilli :)
  • Real Cheap Eats
    Real Cheap EatsNovember 5, 2012
    The Good Morning Dog ($5), also pretty tasty as a late night snack, is a hot dog wrapped in bacon and padded with melted cheese and a fried egg. Read more
  • Corey W.
    Corey WallApril 12, 2012
    Hot dogs are cool. Secret phone booth entrance to fancy pre-prohibition bar and THEN eating hot dogs is cooler. Please Don't Tell. (4 of 4 petals via Fondu) Read more
  • Sean M.
    Sean MoriaritySeptember 29, 2015
    Chili dogs are all right, but soda was halfway flat (unforgivable sin), and every counter and tabletop was greasy, with garbage all over the floor. That's "punk rock" though, like vintage Ramones 🎸
  • Glenn D.
    Glenn DSeptember 10, 2013
    Try the Good Morning Dog - Genius. My favorite one. If you like bacon, fried eggs, cheese & meat in tube form, I challenge anyone not to like this.
  • Kristina R.
    Grab one of the best hot dogs you'll ever have while you wait for PDT. Both are excellent and well worth the lines/wait time.
  • David L.
    David LifsonMarch 5, 2012
    Got the Spicy Redneck with a smear of cream cheese. Perfection. Bacon wrapped dog with chili, jalapeño, and cole slaw. (4 of 4 petals via Fondu) Read more
  • Cassidy
    CassidySeptember 19, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    tots v waffle fries? get both, cover with cheez, and grab a PBR tall boy for good measure. look at you, hot stuff.
  • Talia F.
    Talia FisherNovember 16, 2013
    Been here 25+ times
    Made my first custom dog tonight after coming here for years. Veggie dog with cream cheese, avocado, and pickles. Don't question, just try it.
  • Daniel B.
    Daniel ByskovApril 25, 2016
    The "Lil ma" was my best choice out of the three types. The dog is not that spectacular, but the topping and style makes it good!
  • New York Habitat
    New York HabitatNovember 11, 2011
    Everyone knows about the great hot dogs here (especially the deep fried dog), but walking through the phone booth is a little hidden gem we love.
  • What's Good Here
    What's Good HereAugust 11, 2014
    If you like bacon, order a spicy Redneck and a Chihuahua. The sour cream in the latter compliments the bite and chili in the Redneck.
  • Lauralyn M.
    Lauralyn M.April 26, 2012
    My personal favorites are the spicy redneck, the tsunami, and the morning jersey... The tater tots are awesome, chili cheese fries suck, gross chili.
  • Laura R.
    Laura RamirezDecember 10, 2016
    Really cool place , small and not expensive at all I went with my friends yesterday and it was good. The service was also good and fast
  • Fiachra M.
    Fiachra MaguireAugust 20, 2014
    An essential food experience. Hot dogs which combine crazy flavours and deviate from the classic ketchup/mustard.
  • Gary R.
    Gary RelojAugust 13, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    In what is surely Manhattan’s coolest phone booth, you’ll find the only public entrance to PDT…(if you don’t know, we won’t tell.) Just walk into the booth, pick up the phone and press a button Read more
  • Serious Eats
    Serious EatsMarch 31, 2013
    Fried, bacon-wrapped hot dogs are a speciality at this oddball wiener joint. (Head through the phone booth to bar PDT in the back.)
  • John M.
    John McNallyNovember 24, 2014
    Great place for a first chilli dog, it's a cool joint with a sense of humour.
  • Corinna P.
    Corinna PAugust 10, 2011
    I've never been one to secretly love processed cheese but I will dip the hell out of some tater tots in the nacho cheese goo. And I'll eat a deep fried hot dog on the side.
  • Jeanie
    JeanieJuly 2, 2010
    Try the vegan dog, gloriously split and grilled like a 'regular' dog. I topped mine with sauerkraut, pineapple, and ample mustard, and teamed it with Pommes Frites' fries. Mmm. Junk food heaven.
  • Village Voice
    Village VoiceAugust 4, 2014
    The best hot dog place in the city - go for the spicy redneck! Read more
  • Gary O.
    Gary OranskyApril 22, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    Just order the Stoner Pack #1 for $10. You get 2 dogs and 1 side and it can be anything. Usually involves a Spicy Redneck, Chihuahua or a Tsunami when I've ordered. Plus, Chili cheese tots FTW.
  • Raphael L.
    The Tater tots are exactly like in high school - but don't quite live up to the hype. The Tsunami dog does. Cool little arcade in the store.
  • Alex R.
    Alex RobertsonFebruary 19
    always an interesting night at crif dogs. most dogs will run you about five dollars.
  • Will C.
    Will CharczukApril 19, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    The menu data on this place is wrong; it's definitely not $20-30 per entre. Get the Spicy Redneck. You'll probably be obliterated, but remember to be nice to the people that work there.
  • Paul M.
    Paul MacapagalJuly 16, 2013
    Try them all... the mix of flavors and textures really provide you with a new experience every time you eat one. Read more
  • Daniel M.
    Daniel Marco FernandezOctober 16, 2016
    I don't know if it is the best speakeasy in NYC, but it was worth the try.
  • Reem K.
    Reem KhalilJune 10, 2016
    Best Hotdog place in NY, a must try, don't be afraid if it's too small, it's just so worth it .
  • JP P.
    JP ParkAugust 11, 2014
    Hot dogs and tater tots, must have. Fun to watch people go into the secret speakeasy in the phone booth.
  • Ian R.
    Ian RoussoJuly 27, 2010
    The place is pretty good. The Hawaiian hot dog (wrapped in bacon, covered with pineapple, scallions, and teriyaki sauce) is my favorite. Kind of overpriced for what it is though. Fun spot to go to
  • Susan G.
    Susan GFebruary 15, 2013
    Jon Jon Deragon with bacon and hot sauce, Chihuahua with salsa - amazing. Cheese fries are pretty good, too!
  • Michael M.
    Michael MuseDecember 14, 2014
    Late night hot dog joint is always a home run after a long night out. Crazy topping variety, stuff youd never imagine.
  • Brendan S.
    Brendan SpiegelFebruary 22, 2012
    Deep-fried dogs topped with foodie faves like avocado and bacon, and the David “Momofuku” Chang (slathered in kimchi). Read more
  • Don
    DonApril 28, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Try the Jon-Jon Deragon - The crif dog with a schmear of cream cheese, scallions & everything bagel seeds.
  • Mark B.
    Mark BallingerMay 18, 2013
    We traveled from Fla and had 1 lunch and chose Crif's. The fried egg cheese with bacon wrapped hotdog was amazing.
  • What's Good Here
    What's Good HereAugust 7, 2014
    Check out Crif Dogs in the East Village for their award winning deep fried dogs.
  • Alice C.
    Alice ChaoApril 11, 2015
    Best tater tots I've ever had in my entire liiiiifeeee!!! The dogs are good too. Try them all.
  • Vic C.
    Vic C.August 11, 2014
    The bacon wrapped hot dog with avocado and sour cream...don't argue with me...just try it Damnit!
  • Matt M.
    Matt MagerDecember 19, 2012
    Been here 50+ times
    The staff and food are consistently amazing. The clientele... Well... Se es lo que se es. Enjoy!
  • Lily D.
    Lily DvorkinaDecember 17, 2012
    PDT. If you have to ask you just don't know. Its pretty fab. Also hot dogs are the best I've ever had. ❤
  • Barry H.
    Barry HottSeptember 13, 2010
    Been here 25+ times
    Spicy redneck, Chihuahua, and Tsunami are amazing. The burger is surpisingly great as well. Take care of the amazing staff and they'll take care of you
  • Helen
    HelenMay 1, 2015
    Try all the hotdogs. They are equally delicious and unique (toppings are excellent).
  • Amy C.
    Amy Cummings2 weeks ago
    Literally any of the hot dogs + totchos. Be sure to check out the speakeasy next door.
  • Jannie
    JannieJuly 19, 2013
    The Jon Jon Deragon hotdog is tops - make sure to have it with a side of tater tots and cheese dip!
  • Sid B.
    Sid BFebruary 3, 2014
    Pretty damned good! Super Bowl dog was good, the Morning Jersey was solid, the tots are fab!
  • Allie M.
    Allie McCormackSeptember 3, 2011
    The tsunami dog (bacon, teriyaki, pineapple, green onions) was delicious, but the sauce made the bun fall apart. Eat quickly!
  • Marc J.
    Marc JonesMarch 11, 2013
    Tight spot that gets crowded quickly. Dogs were pretty good. Next time I much try the fries as well.
  • Pieter W.
    Pieter WesterhofMarch 10, 2015
    Simple but wide choice of hot dogs. Cheesy tots on the side are a must!
  • Glenn D.
    Glenn DSeptember 10, 2013
    Try the Chihuahua Dog - So good - bacon wrapped goodness with the coolness & creaminess of avocado.
  • Hilda U.
    Hilda UraDecember 22, 2014
    Amazing tots! Got my food delivered to the secret bar inside Crif Dogs. Good service.
  • Damien B.
    Damien Basile 😈March 1, 2010
    The tsunami dog is a must. Bacon, teriyaki, pineapple & green onions are the perfect combination of sweet and salty. Also, make fun of the PDT first timers. A non-stop show!
  • Karla A.
    Karla AFebruary 8, 2015
    Cant go wrong with deep fried hotdog with bacon, cream cheese and scallions!
  • Dens
    DensMay 28, 2015
    Been here 25+ times
    You never need more than 1 order of tots. Trust me. ps: Chihuahua Dog.
  • Chris P.
    Chris PinolaJuly 10, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    The Good Morning is a wonderful mashup of an egg sandwich and a hot dog. Also the tots are IN-SANE.
  • The Tastes that Make the City
    The PDT is the best speakeasy in NYC, making our list of "The Tastes That Make the City: NYC Edition." Read more
  • Kelly J.
    Kelly JanesApril 22, 2010
    BLT & Morning Jersey are my faves. Took a non-hotdog-lover from San Francisco- she got the Spicy Redneck and LOVED it- said she would come again before going home. Also- tater tots! Read more
  • Acire P.
    Acire PolightMarch 25, 2016
    I love the chili dog wrapped in bacon. Anything wrapped in bacon is amazing.
  • Patrick
    PatrickJanuary 18, 2013
    It's impossible to have only 1 dog when you come in here. On a mission to get every single one on the menu.
  • jon n.
    jon nguyenMay 1, 2013
    Try the Chili Dog - when feeling dirty goes right...nothing can go wrong when ur faced with a badass dog like this
  • Gabriel H.
    Gabriel HayesJanuary 19, 2016
    Been here 5+ times
    My favorite late night eat in NYC. No better place for after a night of drinking in Alphabet City.
  • Flor C.
    Flor CuadrosJuly 27, 2013
    Tsunami dog is awesome! get avocado instead of bacon if you are not into it.
  • Karen T.
    Karen TapiaApril 14, 2016
    Had the spicy redneck pretty tasty but maybe a little too much mayo in the coleslaw ..
  • FanBridge
    FanBridgeSeptember 1, 2011
    Get a tsunami, a chihuahua, a spicy redneck, and a large tots. Have them deliver to your bar of choice. Done.
  • Travel Channel
    Travel ChannelNovember 14, 2011
    A great place for a hot dog and tator tots! As seen on Travel Channel’s The Layover with Anthony Bourdain.
  • Allie M.
    Allie McCormackSeptember 3, 2011
    Love the fact that they had birch beer at the soda fountain. Great compliment to tangy dogs!
  • Alex F.
    Alex FishJune 15, 2015
    Been here 10+ times
    Jon Jon deregon dog is awesome. Get a side of tots with cheese.
  • Mélanie B.
    Mélanie BMarch 11
    Une multitude de choix de Hot dog à petit prix (5$). Très bon mais en prendre 2 pour être calé. Je recommande !
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