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Crif Dogs
In 1999, Brian Shebairo and childhood pal Chris Antista hashed out a plan to serve hotdogs in the alley behind Lansky Lounge, a (now closed) speakeasy that Chris operated in Manhattan’s Lower East Side.  They grew up in New Jersey eating at Johnny & Hanges, Callahan’s, Hiram’s, Rutt’s Hut, Nathan’s and Walter’s.  On October 6, 2001, after two years of research and development (riding their motorcycles throughout the northeast to sample hot dogs as far as the Windmill in South Jersey and the Super Duper Weenie in Fairfield, CN) Brian and Chris 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.

In 2006, Brian took possession of his next-door neighbor’s failing bubble tea lounge and began demolition.  He acquired a 1930’s phone booth to use as an entrance and a taxidermy collection that became the focal décor of the bar.   With the help of his former partner, Brian found Jim Meehan who was tending bar at the Pegu Club and Gramercy Tavern.  Chris knew Meehan from his days at Five Points, but the two lost touch when he left to take over a bar in Tribeca.  Two months after hiring Meehan as managing beverage director, Jim and Brian opened PDT, a cheeky acronym for Please Don’t Tell on May 24, 2007.  The plan had come full circle.


Jim Meehan
was born in River Forest, IL on November 10, 1976.  As a youth, he distinguished himself in scholastics, lawn care and as the 16th man on the J.V. basketball team at Oak Park River Forest High School.  He has broken both wrists and ankles and once aspired to become a physician.   Calculus and organic chemistry are kryptonite to him.  Jim has worked his way from camp counselor to global beverage shaman.  He stands 5’10”, weighs 183 pounds and got his left ear pierced when he was a freshman in college.  He took it out two months later.  Jim has a white French bulldog named Pearl.  She weighs 18 pounds.  He collects vintage cocktail books, enjoys fine wine and lifting weights. For his last meal on death row, he’d wash down a Sazerac with a turkey club loaded with bacon and avocado.

Brian Shebairo
was born in Hackensack, NJ on April 26, 1973.   His favorite subject in school was social studies.  Years before the X-Games, he excelled in skateboarding, motocross and snowboarding.  He has endured back surgery on disks L4 and L5, reconstructive surgery on both shoulders, a left ACL tear and was stabbed on Houston Street.  Brian has worked his way from bagging groceries to nationally renown street food guru.  He stands 5’11”, weighs 245 and is covered from waist to neck in tattoos.  Brian has a brindle old English bulldog named Roscoe.  He weighs 128 pounds.  Brian collects sneakers, vintage skateboards and smokes a pipe.   For his last meal on death row, he’d request Azu Chicken served with a Welch’s grape soda.

In addition to serving the countless walk-ins who expect Crif Dogs day and night, the store functions as the entrance to PDT.  For this reason, the space is unavailable for private parties.  Please inquire to reserve both venues together.
We are available to cater your next event. Birthdays, bar mitzvahs, tailgating, food festivals, concerts, graduations or your Labor Day party in the Hamptons are all great opportunities to let Crif do the cooking. Based on the cost of staffing, providing the necessary equipment to deep fry hot dogs and fries, soda, beer or cocktails, printing and transportation expenses: our private party rates start at $1500 and go up on a case by case basis.  Please call if you have the budget to bring Crif to your next party.

Normal Range
• Rivington Street to 17th Street/Ave D to Broadway - $10 minimum
• South of Rivington Street to Delancey St/from 17th-23th Street/ From Broadway to 6th ave - $20 minimum

Past this range, where we can assure the food will arrive warm, we will put our deliveryman in a car at your cost for orders over $50

Crif Dogs is located at 113 St Marks Place (between 1st Avenue and Avenue A, closer to Avenue A) on the North side of the street.  Look for the big red "Eat Me" hot dog sign above our entry.


• 6 train - To the Astor Place stop. Proceed to walk East on St Marks Place until you reach us.

• N/R/W - To the 8th Street stop.  Turn East on 8th Street and continue walking until 8th St changes into St Marks Place.  Follow St Marks Place until you reach Crif Dogs.

• F/V - To the 2nd Ave stop (take the 1st avenue exit at the East end of the platform).  Exit via the Houston St/1st Avenue stairs on the left. Proceed to walk up 1st Avenue to St. Marks Place.  Turn right on St Marks Place and we are closer to Avenue A on the North side of the street.

• L - To the 1st Avenue stop.  Exit and walk south on 1st Avenue to St Marks Place.  Turn left and walk down St Marks until you reach Crif Dogs.

4/5/6 and N/R/W Trains - To the Union Square stop.  Exit the Subway at the 4th Avenue/14th Street (SE Corner) stairs.  Walk East on 14th Street to the bus stop in front of NYU's Palladium building.

• M14A bus to the 9th Street stop.  Exit the bus, turn left and walk towards St Marks Place.  Turn right onto St. Marks Place and we are a short walk up the block on the right.

• M15 (uptown on 1st Avenue, downtown on 2nd Avenue) stops between St. Marks Place on both avenues.  Depart the bus, go to St Marks Place and head east until you reach Crif Dogs.

• M8 (8th Street Crosstown east and west). Take the M8 to the stop at Avenue A and St Marks.  Depart bus, cross St Marks Place, turn left and walk west.  We are only a short walk up St Marks Place.

403 Lafayette St (between W 4th and Astor Place) 212.254.1263. Once parked walk North on Lafayette Street to Astor Place, turn right and head East on St Marks Place. Keep walking until you see the Crif Dogs sign.