Your Guide to Authentic Regional Eats
Sign In | Register for Free!
Restaurants Recipes Forums Eating Tours Merchandise FAQ Maps Insider

Papaya King

179 E 86th St, New York, NY - (212) 369-0648
Posted By Everett Logan on 11/3/2007 3:03:00 PM
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 just an imitator, that's all.

Anyway, Papaya King is, in my opinion as a life-long hot dog connoisseur, the best frank in the world. Nowhere else will you find a frank with flavors and snap like this, and always, ALWAYS, expertly prepared to perfection. The mustard is spicy, the kraut is fresh and sour, and the papaya drink is the perfect complement. The atmosphere is nothing special, but this is not a restaurant, it's a place to grab two (or three...) great dogs and a drink and wolf 'em down at the stand-up counter.

You know the ubiquitous pizza box slogan, "you've tried all the rest, now try the best!"? Well, that's truly the case with Papaya King. Their hot dogs truly are tastier than filet mignon, and once you've tried them, all others will pale in comparison forever after.

9 out of 12 people found the review helpful. Was it helpful to you?

No Yes

Scorecard

5 - Overall: Legendary - Worth driving from anyplace
Overall: Legendary - Worth driving from anyplace
Rate this place
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



What is Roadfood?  |   Submit Content  |   Privacy Policy  |   Contact Roadfood.com   Copyright - Roadfood.com