When hot dogs were invented, mass confusion ensued as people tried training them to fetch, roll over, and calmly sit on laps. Adopt a delicious best friend with today’s Groupon to Crif Dogs, valid at both the Manhattan and Brooklyn locations. Choose from the following options:
- For $7, you get a hot dog meal for one (a $14 total value) that includes the following items:
- One Crif Dog (up to a $5 value)
- One order of large regular or cheese fries (up to a $4 value)
One drink (up to a $5 value)<p>
- For $13, you get a hot dog meal for two (a $28 total value) that includes the following items:
- Two Crif Dogs (up to a $5 value each)
- Two orders of large regular or cheese fries (up to a $4 value each)
Two drinks (up to a $5 value each)<p>
- For $22, you get a hot dog meal for four (a $56 total value) that includes the following items:
- Four Crif Dogs (up to a $5 value each)
- Four orders of large regular or cheese fries (up to a $4 value each)
- Four drinks (up to a $5 value each)<p>
Crif Dogs, a below-street-level beacon to late-night bar-goers and casual daytime strollers alike, has earned praise for its inventive hot dog menu from New York and named one of America’s Best Hot Dogs by Travel + Leisure. The kitchen’s weenie whisperers lay their edible masterpieces in buttered buns, topping them with world-crossing ingredients from chili to pineapple. The classic Crif Dog invites noshers to customize standard or exotic toppings such as baked beans or salsa, while the Jon-Jon Deragon apes the city’s favorite carb delivery system with cream cheese, scallions, and everything-bagel seeds. Convince stomachs of franks’ morning suitability with a Morning Jersey, wrapped in Taylor ham, laden with melted cheese, and crowned with a fried egg. Alongside the bunned meats, parties can sip on sober libations such as root-beer floats or bubbly brews such as Genesee cream ale.
Crif Dogs’ name arose when co-founder Brian Shebairo attempted to call out cofounder Chris Antista’s name with a mouth full of hot dog. Announced at street level by a cheeky sausage sign, the original location hosts an English-style phone booth with a single button and both exposed brick and muraled walls. East Village eaters can snarf their precious creation while clustered in Crif Dog’s bustling interior or carry their dogs to nearby Tompkins Square Park for alfresco dining and jealousy-inducing based on how close one eats to the dog run or another human.
In 1999, Brian Shebairo and his childhood chum Chris Antista planned to sell hot dogs in the alley behind Lansky Lounge, a now-defunct speakeasy that Chris operated on Manhattan's Lower East Side. After two years of sampling franks in hot-dog joints across the northeast, the pair traded in their motorcycles for tongs and opened Crif Dogs—"a name they came up with when Brian tried to say his former partner's name with a hot dog in his mouth." Topped with unlikely but classic American ingredients such as coleslaw, fried eggs, cream cheese, and chopped baseballs, the handmade and naturally smoked Crif Dogs have made it onto Martha Stewart's list of favorite NYC hot dogs for their originality.