New York, NY 10014
- Hot Dogs
- Daily 24 Hours
- Kid Friendly, Open 24 Hours, Takeout, Wheelchair Accessible
- Dinner, Late Night, Lunch
- Not Necessary, Accepted
Village Voice's Description
An institution for cheap (but reliable) hot dogs, Gray's Papaya is the everyman liaison to downtown NYC. Located above the West 4th metro stop, it's the garish gateway to the posh West Village, and the receptacle of Washington Park riff-raff, cheapskate students, and after hours snackers. Neat rows of buns and franks are always crisping on the flattop (24/7), awash in red neon. The glaring, yellow decor and kitschy signage make an appropriate home for the perennial, under 5 buck "recession special." There are various "papaya" establishments dotting the City, and for many--residents and tourists alike--these frank-and-fruit-juice joints come to mind as the archetypal NY wiener just as quickly as Sabrett carts and ballpark franks. But in this city, most of the hot dogs come from the same New Jersey factory anyways, and Gray's Papaya's griddled doggies are unarguably tastier than any dirty water dog. Soggy and bland? Gray's are not. The $1.50 hot dogs absorb enough grill flavor to pique the tastebuds, while the saucy onions bring tang that cuts through the griddle grease. The fruit juices are of a similarly satisfying caliber, with flavors like "coconut champagne" and, of course, papaya. --Alex Spoto
Tips from foursquare
Recommended meal: hot dog. The classic New Yorker's poor man's meal. Meat, starch and veg--all in a few mouthfuls. - Anthony Bourdain, host of No Reservations
6th ave and 8th st order two dogs (well done for that caviar crunch) and a papaya drink and understand the promise of AMERICA with its streets paved with gold!!!
The cheapest meal in New York City!
One of the cheapest meals you can get in the city, and it tastes good too! Definitely get the Recession Special – two dogs and a drink for only $4.95. Bypass the $1 pizza!
Try the Coconut Champagne drink with your Recession Special instead of Papaya. You won't regret it.
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