Hot Dog Heaven in Hell

rudysWhen you’re slogging through the mobs of tourists and eyeball-searing lights of Times Square, it can seem like glitz, kitsch, schlock, and other Yiddish pejoratives as far as the eye can see. But head to Hell’s Kitchen, just two blocks west to 9th Ave and up to 44th St. and you’ll be welcomed back to the real world by a giant ceramic pig in a dinner jacket outside Rudy’s Bar & Grill (627 9th Avenue, Manhattan—map).

Walk inside and you’ll find a lively and friendly dive bar, complete with duct-taped booths, meaningless paraphernalia on the walls, and a backyard when the weather’s nice. But most importantly you’ll find prices that make you question whether you’re still in New York at all: $3 pints and $9 pitchers for most beers, $2.50/$7 for Rudy’s own blonde, all the time.

Best of all, you can load up on unlimited (except by your sense of dignity) free hot dogs from the bar. It’s not the best place if you’re on a diet, but amazing if you’re on a budget. Just don’t tell the pig what they put in those dogs…

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