There are two Gray's Papaya locations in New York; West Village, and the Upper East Side. There are seemingly hundreds of the Gray's rip-off "Papaya King". I beg of you not to fall for these. Because to miss Gray's, is to miss a bit of New York. I never eat hot dogs off the street..I'm terrified of poisonous ingredients such as car tire rubber, etc. But I could eat a thousand hot dogs at Gray's. It is the perfect place to go for a snack, while walking around town, and don't feel like spending too much money. Just a dollar buys you delicious little pick me up. And don't miss the juices, they are fantastic.
Where else can you get two hotdogs and a soda for two bucks at four in the morning? Open twenty four hours a day, this place is always busy and the hotdogs are always good. The Midtown branch is also a pretty fun people-watching spot-- tourists and commuters in the daytime, assorted 8th Avenue wanderers at night.
Favorite Dish Hot Dogs (honestly, they don't make anything else.)
The Papaya stand is a real gem. It opened in 1972 and has served arguably the best hot dogs in town ever since. It is also very cheap: you can get two frankfurters for a dollar.
If hot dogs weren't so unhealthy, Gray's Papaya would probably land landmark status in the Upper West Side. In 1998, Nora Ephron (an upperwestsider herself) paid tribute to Gray's Papaya in a scene of You've got mail, starring Meg Ryan and Tom Hanks.
There are other Papaya stands in the city, but this is the first one.
Erm...dunno why people go here...perhaps only due to alcohol consumption. Which is why I went there. The food is fast food crap. If you need a load of beans, then head here. And then fart a lot. It's a chain iirc so they are all over the place.
Favorite Dish Napkins and toe nail clippings.
If you like hot dogs you will love this place . It is the chepeast hot dog restaurant in New York .
And if you like cinema you will feel like beeing in "Fools Rush in" movie :)
Favorite Dish Hot Dog