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Papaya King

179 E 86th St, New York, NY - (212) 369-0648
The papaya juice is excellent, creamy and sweet, reminiscent of the beverage served at New York’s old Orange Julius stands. The hot dogs are dense and meaty with a beguiling garlic taste and a casing that pops with juice when you bite into it. The buns that encase them, although nicely toasted, are so bland that we often discard one bun for each two wieners and eat double-meat dogs with all the fixings.
77% Approval Rating (31 votes)

Scorecard

4 - Overall: One of the Best - Worth a Trip
Overall: One of the Best - Worth a Trip
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Highlighted Reviews

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Michael Stern - Photos (7)
Roadfood.com Editor
"A tiny streetcorner eat-shop with an insistently happy, eye-aching red and yellow color scheme, Papaya King seems perpetually mobbed by hordes of hungry people pushing their way to the order counter, then to a space at the stand-up eating shelf at the window. The line ..."   [Read More]
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Michael Baily
July 31, 2009
"In the sixties and seventies, when I lived on East 87th Street, Papaya King was the king of hot dogs of the entire Upper East Side, and Yorkville, as this neighborhood used to be called. I grew up in this neighborhood and, to this day, fifty years later, I still think ..."   [Read More]
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Everett Logan
November 03, 2007
"First of all, the editorial review is incorrect. Gray's Papaya (not Gray's Papaya King; there's no King in the title) has nothing to do with Papaya King except for being an imitator. It did not "secede" from Papaya King. Papaya King is the original and Gray's is ..."   [Read More]

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Map & Web Site

179 E 86th St, New York, NY
(212) 369-0648

http://www.papayaking.com/index1.htm

Hours & Policies

Seasons:Open Year Round
Meals Served:Lunch, Late Night
Operational Hours:Always Call Ahead!
Credit Cards Accepted:No
Alcohol Served:No
Outdoor Seating:No
Reservations Accepted:No
Delivery Available:No
Takeout Counters:Yes
A pair of Papaya King dogs, well-dressed
"A pair of Papaya King dogs, well-dressed"
Michael Stern





Papaya juice is creamy and sweet:  excellent balance for a few garlicky hot dogs.
"Papaya juice is creamy and sweet: excellent balance for a few garlicky hot dogs."
Michael Stern


The home run dog goes simple, with just sauerkraut and onions.
"The home run dog goes simple, with just sauerkraut and onions."
Cliff Strutz


Known as the hula hula, this busy hot dog has fresh pineapple, jalapenos, sweet peppers and sautéed onions.
"Known as the hula hula, this busy hot dog has fresh pineapple, jalapenos, sweet peppers and sautéed onions. "
Cliff Strutz


Most New Yorkers think of Papaya King for its hot dogs; but juice is how it started, and juice is still big in this little shop.
"Most New Yorkers think of Papaya King for its hot dogs; but juice is how it started, and juice is still big in this little shop."
Michael Stern


Tiny interior with standup-dining-only and seemingly hundreds of signs.
"Tiny interior with standup-dining-only and seemingly hundreds of signs."
Donald Thompson


Just some of the ways you can get your wiener fixed
"Just some of the ways you can get your wiener fixed"
Michael Stern


If the warden gave you your choice of anything for your last meal, would it be filet mignon ... or a Papaya King hot dog?
"If the warden gave you your choice of anything for your last meal, would it be filet mignon ... or a Papaya King hot dog?"
Michael Stern


This happy fella is the head atop a sandwich board on Third Avenue.
"This happy fella is the head atop a sandwich board on Third Avenue."
Michael Stern


Papaya King has doors, but if the weather is decent, it is basically an open-air corner stand.
"Papaya King has doors, but if the weather is decent, it is basically an open-air corner stand."
Michael Stern


The neon looks great at night!
"The neon looks great at night!"
Cliff Strutz



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