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The Hot Dog Famine is Upon Us

At Schnäck

At Schnäck

These are sad days for vegan hot dog fans. Dash Dogs on the Lower East Side has closed, and Schnäck (on the wrong side of the BQE in Carroll Gardens) is about to close. I haven’t eaten at Schnäck yet, but I hope get there before they’re gone for good.

I’ve been burned a couple of times recently trying to find cheap, filling late-night food on the Lower East Side. “Let’s just go to Dash Dogs!” Nope. It’s strictly crappy falafel and potato chips from now on. Like I needed another reason to avoid that neighhborhood. Dash (and soon Schnäck) joins Broome Dogs and Sparky’s in our Restaurant Graveyard.

So, looking at our Vegan Hot Dog Map of New York City, it looks like the main games left in town are Crif Dogs, Willie’s Dawgs, and I guess the various F&Bs. Lots of restaurants may have a veggie dog on the menu, but there’s something special about places where it’s the centerpiece. Are we missing any veg-friendly dog joints?

6 Comments

  1. Comment by

    al oof

    on #

    isn’t there still a sparky’s in manhattan? on lafayette i think?

  2. Comment by

    Freedom

    on #

    Very proud to be the only vegan place on this list!

  3. Comment by

    James

    on #

    Better Burger, with locations in Hell’s Kitchen (9th Ave/42nd), Chelsea and a few others. No, no a vegan place but great vegan options. I’ve had their soy dog plenty of times and really enjoy the set-up.

    http://betterburgernyc.com/home.html

  4. Comment by

    Jason Das

    on #

    Thanks, James. We have the Better Burgers in our listings, but they weren’t in the Hot Dogs category til now. I just added them.

    Freedom, you should be proud!

    Al — yes! Looks like there is a Sparky’s on Lafayette. And they sell Tofutti Cuties! We’ll add it to our site as soon as we can (we have bunch of places to add, and we’re slackers; it’s hard).

  5. Comment by

    IsaChandra

    on #

    Kates has dogs, too.

  6. Comment by

    SuzytheFox

    on #

    FYI: Crif Dogs’ veggie dogs, while tasty, are not vegan. (This is according to the people that work there unless they’ve swtched it up recently). Other dog places are Foodswings in Williamsburg, Brooklyn Label in Greenpoint (not sure if they’re vegan) and if you’re lucky and you’re on the L.E.S. you might run into the Kimchi dog cart that stays out til LATE. They serve dogs (regular and Smart Dogs) with an optional Kimchi topping. Soooo good! Is that guy even still around anymore? I’m never on the L.E.S.

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