• Posted:Tuesday, April 27, 2010
  • Comments: 0

Posted in: Travel
Sample a true-blue New York hot dog
It might seem strange to many of you who believe in haute cuisine and fine dining (as do I, when there's an occasion for it), but I have to say that whenever I'm kicking my heels in a hostel in New York, there's generally only one munchable I have on my mind and it's not squid, salmon, roast duck or legumes.

That's right, my friends. I'm talking about the hearty fare that no honest, hardworking New Yorker can do without - the hot dog. Just thinking about it now - nestled in its doughy sleeve, draped with sizzling onion and covered in layer upon layer of mustard, ketchup, chilli sauce and relish (I'm greedy, what can I say?) - is making me salivate with hunger.

If you're like me and can't get enough of these simple yet delicious treats then have I got a challenge for you. Make sure you're in the Big Apple on July 4th, skip breakfast and head on over to Nathan's on Coney Island to take part in the annual International Hot Dog Eating Contest. What could possibly be better than gorging yourself on a couple of hundred frankfurters? The bread will slow you down but it looks like it's all kinds of fun!

And Nathan's itself happens to be a bit of an institution as well, having been set up back in 1916 as a tiny hot dog vending stand and now enjoying the reputation of being one of the best places to go for this kind of yummy sandwich. You'd be a fool not to check it out!

Find cheap hostels in New YorkADNFCR-2435-ID-19744057-ADNFCR
City Guides and Information

Video guides, travel podcasts, city maps & free city guides. What to eat, where to stay and things to do and see - our travel guides have it all.

Find a guide »
Latest Blog Post

One of the most enjoyable aspects of travel is that of exploring different landscapes and experiencing sights and sounds that seem a world away from what you're used to back at home. There are so many diverse terrains across the world, from dramatic, desolate mountain vistas to impossibly bustling market streets; and many countries can offer a variety of spectacular sights with astonishing diversity. Here are just five of our favourite views from across the globe.

Read more »
Great Value and Choice

We offer the most comprehensive selection of hostels on the internet with over 35,000 great places to stay in 180 countries. The ultimate online resource for hostels everywhere.

Find great value hostels »