Sunday, April 26, 2009

Hungry...for Gray's Papaya...NYC

A friend of ours has been in NYC this week on business. When I heard he was going I told him he HAD to eat at Gray's Papaya Hotdog Stand.

Gray's has been in the background of more than a few movies. Seems you can't see a movie about NYC streets and not see the Gray's sign.

Here's what Wikipedia says about Gray's:

Gray's Papaya is a hot dog restaurant with four locations on the West Side of Manhattan, open 24 hours a day year-round. The four locations of Gray's Papaya in Manhattan are: 539 Eighth Avenue at 37th Street, 402 Sixth Avenue at 8th Street, 2090Broadway at 72nd Street, and their flagship location 116 Waverly Place where founder and owner Damien Reilley started the hot dog empire. Somewhere between a street vendor and a fast food restaurant, Gray's Papaya is famous for its very inexpensive, high-quality hot dogs. The "papaya" in the name refers to the fruit drinks sold at the establishment, which include orange, grape, piƱa colada, coconut champagne (non-alcoholic), and banana daiquiri (non-alcoholic) in addition to papaya. As of October 2008, the "Recession Special", (2 hot dogs and a drink) is US$4.45 instead of the previous cost of US$3.50 [1] and a single hot dog is US$1.50, with tax included.

Since I mentioned it, I have been craving one of these dogs. I mean seriously craving!!! Sure hope he made it there, then at least he can tell me about it!

Ever in NYC? Eat at Grays!....and then tell me about it!


Red Writing said...

Love it too! I am not a huge hotdog fan but there is just something about standing in that nasty pace and eating two dogs with brown mustard and washing it down with a papaya drink. It is amazing!

Gina Stinson said...

That's funny because I don't usually like hotdogs that much either....but the atmosphere, the smell, standing at the bar and just makes for a good meal!....oh and that drink!!!YUMMY!

Kathy said...

OK ya'll, now I'M getting hungry! sounds quite fabulous. I love Red Writing's description. : ) Blessings!