NYC’s Fanciest Franks

Cilantro? Ground duck? XO sausage? Five haute dogs around town that are worth your tasting time.

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As Saturday's Coney Island Mermaid Parade wound down, we parked it at the counter at Nathan's and enjoyed a hot dog adorned with nothing more than mustard. And it was good. At no point did we pause to say, "Know what this is missing? A topping made of delicately spiced ground duck."

Which doesn't mean we're not equally happy eating exactly that -- a frankfurter topped with duck keema in lieu of chili, and served with a side of kimchee -- at the West Village's Elettaria. It's one of the wunderweiners on parade over at NY Magazine, all ranked by Adam Platt. Another we like from their pantheon: Fatty Crab's Fatty Dog, made with lip-searing XO sausage, plus enough Vietnamese-sandwich mainstays (cilantro, cucumber, etc.) to confuse your palate into thinking you're eating banh mi when you're not. Check out the full fancy frank list (and slideshow) here.

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