How this brings me back! As a high school student living in Central NJ, we used to go into the city to shop and it always included a stop at Gray's Papaya. The hot dogs were always fresh, juicy and just plain delicious! Even to people who aren't normally fans of hot dogs. Funny thing is, my son is starting Columbia University and we were just telling him that the best hotdogs are at Gray's Papaya!!
great hot dog! the outer coating is snappy, rather than the mushy kind sold at most hot dog stands. i dont know the current price, but i know they have been raising it due to the economy. but compared to the $2 for one hotdog sold in all the other hotdog stands near it, this is still the best bargain.
**notice- if you are getting the 2 hotdog and rink combo, eat one hot dog in the pub first! otherwise it is very very difficult to juggle 2 hotdogs AND a drink
I went there so much when I was at NYU that they'd see me come in the door and my order would be waiting for me on the counter by the time I reached it. Yes, in hindsight that's scary and sad, but the dogs were that irresistible that I couldn't go more than a couple of days without them. I used to eat six dogs and the grape drink. I'm 38 and seem to be in good health, so they didn't succeed in killing me prematurely.
During the summer my friends would drive in from Long Island to get some a few times a week.
Not sure if it's changed, but it was definitely a big sausage party in there in the late 80s/early 90s. I remember my friends and I being really shocked whenever a female dared to eat a hot dog. And being the horn dog that I was, I probably wanted to hook up with each and every one of those women. Ah, memories.
Gray's can be a good dog and at a bargain price. Other times, the messy counters and oily grill staffers can put you off even before you order. The secret is to stand back from the grill grease and ignore the fact that your fellow diners are akin to the jerkiest people on the subway train. You'll probably love that first dog. Personally, I order two and a papaya drink (note: papaya isn't as good as the real Papaya King's product). Often, I will salivate and devour that first dog – it so admirably satisfies the initial appetite pangs. Unfortunately, I will become less enthusiastic with each subsequent bite of the second dog as the greasiness of the becomes increasingly noticeable. But to each his own! A lot of people love these dogs and they is a New York snap to the skin. Order a well-done one if you to appear local.
Oh snap dogs. They seem to only exist in New York, at least the only exist as they should in New York. Seriously, whenever I visit, I have to go to Gray's Papaya. Get the recession special with everything. You will not be disappointed.
will I'm bron and raised in alphabet city now i live in jersey. i'm also a 50 but the best dogs are from gray's. i been eating them since i could walk, so for of you others let me say that i don't care if you live in the city for 1 year of 3years gray's has the bests dogs and their j u ice is to kill 4. so all my new yorkers and brother in blue u haven't have a dog until u go 2 gray's.
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