Papaya King Inc.

  • Blogs

    November 20, 2014

    The 10 Best Restaurants on the Upper West Side

    The Mary-Kate Olsen to the Upper East Side's Ashley, the Upper West Side, labeled a dining wasteland, has long shivered under a cloud of misunderstanding. And while it's impossible to ignore the massive uptick in real estate development and mallification the area's undergone, the neighborhood's opti ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 9, 2014

    Your Official Village Voice 4Knots Music Festival Map!

    The weather Saturday is going to be gorgeous -- high in the low 80s and sunny -- and we can't wait to see all of you out at the South Street Seaport, where we'll be hanging with our good friends Dinosaur Jr., Mac DeMarco, Those Darlins, Speedy Ortiz, Radkey and many, many more. If you've not been do ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 10, 2014

    Best Reader Comments on the Greenwich Village Gray's Papaya Shuttering

    This week, Gray's Papaya shuttered its Sixth Avenue location, bringing the total number of its hot dog stands down to one (the outlet on 72nd and Broadway remains). Owner Nicholas Gray told Zachary Feldman that it was a rent-related decision: "They wanted to raise my rent to $50,000 from $30,000. We ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 9, 2014

    Gray's Papaya: One is the Loneliest Number

    And then there was one. Yesterday, the city shed a meaty tear as the Greenwich Village location of Gray's Papaya (402 Sixth Avenue) went down for the count. With a sole operation carrying the torch, the closure marks a devastating blow to Big Apple dining culture. Reached at his residence, owner Nic ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 13, 2013

    Readers: More of the Best Restaurants in Harlem

    Zachary Feldman's list of the 10 best restaurants in Harlem went up yesterday, and it pays homage to new and old spots, touting everything from fried chicken to ramen to Ethiopian food. But Harlem is a vast place, and so many readers weighed in on the round-up, calling out additional spots they beli ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 12, 2013

    The 10 Best Restaurants in Harlem

    The crown jewel of northern Manhattan, Harlem's creative and socioeconomic identity has undergone -- as all neighborhoods are subject to -- a series of transformations since the renaissance of the 1920s. And while it hasn't experienced enough gentrification in recent years to qualify as the "William ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 25, 2013

    NYC's 7 Messiest Hot Dogs

    Hoyt Dog: Your can barely get your lips around this baby The Louisiana Purchase Exhibition of 1904 - more commonly known as the St. Louis World's Fair - was supposedly the first time a hot dog was crammed into a bun. Before that time, hot dogs had been handed out with a pair of white gloves at suc ... More >>

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    October 17, 2012
  • Blogs

    August 14, 2012

    Gray's Papaya Caves on Condiments, Expands Repertoire

    Of the two condiments on this delicious hot dog, one is a recent addition to the roster. Long-time Greenwich Village landmark Gray's Papaya began life as a renegade branch of Papaya King in 1973. But though Papaya King, founded 1937, has evolved somewhat over the years in its menu, Gray's always k ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 25, 2012

    My 5 Favorite NYC Hot Dogs

    ​At Shake Shack, our own approximation of the Chicago dog. Whether you call them frankfurters, wieners, tube steaks, or floaters, New York City is the hot dog capital of the world. And here are my five favorite local evocations of the silky sausage that came here from Frankfurt or Vienna, d ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 15, 2012

    No Beans! Chili Dog Goes Upscale at Dickson's Farmstand Meats

    ​The overstuffed chili dog at Dickson's. If you look carefully, you can see the glint of mayo through the morass of chili. Papaya King, watch your ass! Papaya Dog, too! There's a new chlli dog roaming the city's dog runs, from boutique meat source Dickson's Farmstand Meats.

  • Blogs

    December 21, 2011

    Hot Dog With Chili, Cheese, and Onions at Papaya King

    ​Papaya King, 86th Street and Third Avenue, 9:30 pm Founded in 1932, Papaya King is the first of the Greek-owned hot dog chains to serve papaya drink--to aid in digestion, or so the claim goes. The pairing of hot dog and papaya drink was also thought to be especially healthy and nutritious ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 10, 2011

    To Tweet Is Sweet, So Follow Fork in the Road

    The least angry of birds​​Got an appetite for breaking food news? Hungry for up-to-the-minute info on New York's dining scene? Have too much on your plate when it comes to following contemporary cuisine? Does your cup ever runneth over with bad food puns (such as the four that are already i ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 1, 2011

    Papaya King Goes Hollywood; Gluten-Free Baked Goods Improve

    ​Papaya King has migrated to the West Coast. The 80-year-old hot-dog chain has opened its first location in Hollywood, selling hot dogs imported from the Bronx. [NY Times] Daniel Boulud talks about becoming a brand and reinventing himself. "Now we are in the sandwich business," he says of Epi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 7, 2011

    Checking Out the Upper East Side Shake Shack

    ​Is that butter on the Shack Burger's bun? When the first Shake Shack opened in Madison Square Park in 2004 - with some grumbling about public space being appropriated for private uses - it was a revelation and an instant hit. Burgers, fries, hot dogs, frozen custard, all like you might find ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 10, 2011

    Make Coffee Like the Japanese; Papaya King Goes West

    ​When it comes to making coffee at home, don't try to emulate the French or Italians. Make your coffee the age-old Japanese way: pour-over. [NY Times] A lawyer in Manhattan is has filed a class-action suit against nightclub owners, claiming that "ladies night" discounts discriminate against m ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 4, 2011

    Hot Dog Ménage à Trois: a Battle of the Dishes Three-Way Sausage Fest!

    Victoria BekiempisPapaya King goes dogging.​ Sometime in the late 1930s, a fruit-loving Greek busted ass on a pair of roller skates. The young Yorkville businessman, you see, was trying to impress a neighborhood chick, but wound up mangling his ankle instead, continuing the tradition of grisly ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 31, 2011

    Rachael Ray and Serious Eats Look for the Country's Best Hot Dog

    Robert SietsemaWill Bark's dog be top dog?​A year after conducting an exhaustive search for the country's best pizza, Everday With Rachael Ray has turned its attention to wieners. The magazine has once against enlisted the folks at Serious Eats to determine the winner; this time, they've narro ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 14, 2010

    The Best Thing I Ate Yesterday

    Welcome to The Best Thing I Ate Yesterday, where we endeavor to remember the very best thing we stuffed down our gullets over the past 24 hours. Why? Because the only thing better than enjoying a meal is wallowing in the memory of one savored in the recent past. Today's fond reminiscences ... Laur ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 16, 2010

    NoLIta to Shake Shack: "This Is a McDonald's With a Beer and Wine License"

    Don't shack up here.​ Although the Shake Shack's on track to conquer points as far-flung as Miami, Dubai, and Saudi Arabia, Danny Meyer may want to focus on winning hearts and minds a bit closer to home. Last week, neighbors of what is to be the Shake Shack's newest location at 47 Prince Stre ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 20, 2009

    New York Down a Dog, Up Yet Another Pinkberry Pretender

    VirtualErn/flickrGrub Street reports that just as another Papaya Dog has shuttered, one more Pinkberry imitator has spread its wings, preparing to fly head on into the fro-yo fracas. The downed Dog -- one of numerous Papaya King knockoffs littered throughout the city -- was located in Washington Hei ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 2, 2009

    Our Ten Best--Hot Dogs

    Call them hot dogs, franks, weenies, floaters, or tube steaks, New Yorkers love them, whether as impromptu snacks or full-blown meals. And now that the recession is upon us, we love them more than ever. Said to have originated in Frankfurt, Germany, these sausages--filled with a pork or beef or beef ... More >>

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    March 20, 2007

    Roman Holiday

    New York's ambassador lives high, large, and loose

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    May 13, 2003

    Dog Day Afternoons

    Unleashing the Newest Breeds of Frankfurters

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    November 23, 1999