Gray’s Papaya – Hot dogs – New York City

Gray’s Papaya – Hot dogs – New York City

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This is a funny sign outside a restaurant on our way through East Village. CHOMP.

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Veselka, recommended by fellow blogger Watch Me Eat, specializes in Ukrainian cuisine and is the spot for late night snacking by East Village bar patrons. The prerogies were recommended here but we were still recuperating from the past 4 hours of eating, so I must place this on the to-go-list for my next trip to New York.

Looking around East Village, I appreciate and cherish the sheer diversity and complexity of all the stores, shops, restaurants, and people living and working here together in one small area no larger than a square mile. I wish one day Orlando could become like this, full of quirky shops and tasty treats all in walking distance of each other. Maybe one day…

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Baoguette, a nouveau Vietnamese food place


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Baoguette, inside

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Crepe Cart in NYC!

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Beard Papa’s – pastry puffs – found its way to NYC as well!

I continued my thoughts as we trodded down to St Marks Place, the late night bar hopping area of choice for New York University and surrounding college students, and met up with brother Ronny. He just got off of work and had been trying to catch up with us on our food expedition, but missed us by a few seconds each time.

After a quick pit stop at a cafe, we drudged onward to our next destination:

Gray’s Papaya
West Village, Manhattan NYC

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Gray’s Papaya, opening as a spin off of Papaya King in 1973, sits on a corner in Greenwich Village, Manhattan.

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The festive displays inside Gray’s Papaya

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Gray’s Papaya and their Hot dogs: ready to eat!

Gray’s Papaya is a simple concept: great hotdogs with great fruit drinks. The drinks, in addition to the papaya namesake, also include orange, grape, piña colada, coconut champagne (non-alcoholic), and banana daiquiri (non-alcoholic).

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The wall of fruit drinks at Gray’s Papaya

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Gray’s Papaya – Hot Dog with sauerkraut and ketchup

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Gray’s Papaya – Hot Dog with sauerkraut and ketchup

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Gray’s Papaya – Papaya drink

I choose the hot dog with sauerkraut and ketchup ($1.50) and a papaya drink to go along with it (Thanks Ronny!). Individually, the hot dog is a bit salty and the papaya drink is a bit too sweet, but together they make a marvelously good combination of sweet and salty. The combo is cheap coming in under $4.00 and there is even a recession special where you can save a dollar on two hotdogs and a drink.

Gray’s Papaya
402 6th Ave, New York – (212) 260-3532

Tasty Chomps rating!!!
4 out of 5 Tasty Chomps!!!!

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Ricky Ly founded TastyChomps.com in 2008 as a local Orlando food blog dedicated to finding the tastiest bits and pieces of Orlando as well as around the world. His first book, Food Lovers' Guide to Orlando: The Best Restaurants, Markets & Local Culinary Offerings (Food Lovers' Series) is available now on Amazon.com and Barnesandnoble.com. Photography is taken using a Canon EOS 6D and a Sony Nex-3. In 2017, he was inducted into the Orlando Sentinel's Culinary Hall of Fame. He is also featured in the Orlando Sentinel's Central Florida 100, a weekly opinion column featuring 100 of the most influential people in local government, politics and culture. In 2018, he was chosen by the Orlando Weekly as one of the "Ten People Making Orlando a Better Place to Be." E-mail him at tastychomps(at)gmail.com. Google

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