Gray's Papaya

Hot Dog Joint$$$$
Lincoln Square, New York
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  • Hey P.
    Hey PeopleJuly 17, 2015
    Mhm, this is a good spot. Not on the popular side of Manhattan but it makes good business. The nice thin dogs on the buns! Mm, that's good! Good deals, good food. Just that it has no where to sit. :(
  • Village Voice
    Village VoiceApril 22, 2013
    This relentlessly yellow hot dog joint hops 24 hours a day and is a symbol of Upper West Side cheap eats. Mustard is pretty much required; the only dilemma is choosing between the onions or the kraut.
  • Jennifer C.
    Jennifer CooperSeptember 12, 2010
    the dogs may not $.50 anymore, but still cheaper and better than the street vendors. get the recession special- 2 dogs and a drink. banana daiquiri has been my choice for as long as i can remember!
  • Nellie
    NellieApril 28, 2013
    Friendly Filipino staff tonight! A filipino station was playing on the radio lol. Hotdogs were okay and piña colada as well as coconut champagne were a little too sweet. But I'm glad we tried it!
  • IWalked Audio Tours
    IWalked Audio ToursSeptember 30, 2011
    Gray's opened in 1972. Has no place to sit but the turnover is quick. Gray's is featured in films such as 1997 "Fools Rush In" and 1993 Michael J Fox film "For Love or Money." More info in blog.<LINK> Read more
  • Human Tripod
    Human TripodApril 29, 2014
    Can't go wrong with the recession special, two dogs, and one drink for under $5. Do yourself a favor and order a papaya drink, amazing stuff. Cheers!
  • Paddy
    PaddyJanuary 2, 2015
    The remainder of what once was a city-wide institution. 2 dogs and a drink for under $5. Well prepared dogs and signature fruit juices. Good cheap meal in an overly expensive city.
  • Jonathan Masashi
    Jonathan MasashiJuly 26, 2011
    Heard of Gray's Papaya in a movie - You've Got Mail, Die Hard & Fools Rush In. These dogs are a great deal: $4.95 recession special gets you 2 beef frankfurters & any of their fruit drinks.
  • Arie
    ArieJune 12, 2015
    Simplicity at it's best, folks. Pretty much defines a NYC hot dog for me. Snappy, flavorful, simple, highly affordable, and quick. So how can you say bad things about GP?
  • Foodiespr
    FoodiesprAugust 6, 2015
    Great $5.49 special two #hotdog and a juice but go only with sauerkraut, onion, ketchup and mustard! Don't do the chili, like I do!
  • Asim H.
    Asim HarthiApril 18, 2015
    Recession special. Don't let the price fool you, they are Awesome !!! griddle dogs with their natural casing, so different than carts (boiled) or shake shack (cut).
  • S_J L.
    S_J LOctober 6, 2014
    Open 24hr. Not the best but yummy enough ;P also 2 hot dogs & drink for $5 is a great deal♡ appeared in you've got mail, sex n the city, and plan b, and more~
  • New York Habitat
    New York HabitatOctober 21, 2011
    2 hot dogs and a drink for under 5 bucks! It's open 24 hours, perfect for a late night snack, especially if you're looking for a traditional NYC hot dog.
  • Vanessa W.
    Vanessa WanderlinghApril 26, 2010
    Don't eat more than one if you are goin to be with someone in an enclosed space for awhile afterward. The hot dogs without the buns are actually gluten free!
  • Erik R.
    Erik RiveraSeptember 9, 2012
    Not only.great hotdogs nd the best drinks but if.it around in.the am dey got 2.25 sausage egg and cheese sandwich add 25 cent and you got a coffee!
  • Candace
    CandaceSeptember 15, 2015
    Favorite Gray's Papaya. Hands down! Hot dog is snappy, savory, & the perfect meat:bun ratio. Get the recession special with delicious pina colada.
  • What's Good Here
    What's Good HereAugust 10, 2014
    Gray's is a NY institution. Come in on a late night and order the two hot dog special with a piña colada drink to wash it down.
  • Nilson B.
    Nilson BatistaJanuary 25, 2011
    Great!!! Best hot dog in the world!!! Cheap, quick and excellent!!! Must see and check point in New York if you are a hot dog fan as myself ;)
  • Nicole
    NicoleJuly 16, 2015
    This place serves a need, and that is post-midnight cravings. 2 well-done dogs with mustard, eaten in shame by the window, please.
  • Jenny Q.
    Jenny QDecember 29, 2014
    Recession special ftw. The papaya juice was too sweet for me but the hot dogs were good. Not great, but good. Awesomely cheap though
  • GQ Magazine
    GQ MagazineSeptember 22, 2015
    No matter what time of day it is, their juicy two-buck frank will take you back to the summer when you had your first.
  • Will J.
    Will JohnsonJuly 24, 2011
    you just can't come to NYC without having a hotdog from here. late at night after hitting the bars is a great time for people watching here too.
  • Jacky Y.
    Jacky YanDecember 5, 2014
    $4.95 deal is always my favorite with a papaya drink. I always come to this place whenever I am in NYC !
  • Chuck
    ChuckMarch 21, 2011
    The "Frank Spot", as me and my boys have always called it. Best frank in the city hands down. When I come back home to visit I always make sure I stop in for my ny frank fix..
  • Emily D.
    Emily DangNovember 6, 2011
    Over-rated. The hot dogs are small and not as flavorful as everyone makes them out to be. Value-wise: you get what you pay for.
  • Avelino L.
    Avelino LamasFebruary 16
    I order the Recession Special... 2 hotdogs and drink only $5 Got to also oder the Papaya Drink.... it is essential...
  • Edgar E.
    Edgar EstevesOctober 12, 2015
    When you need something quick before, during, or after a night out, nothing beats a Gray's Papaya hot dog. Great snap.
  • Peter v.
    Peter van BredaAugust 13, 2014
    Not the best dogs in town but definitely a must. Get the Recession Special: 2 dogs and a Papaya. Classic!
  • Cheapism
    CheapismJanuary 12, 2011
    Drop in to 1 of 3 locations & try NY's cheapest and yummiest hot dogs for $1.50. Get the Recession Special: 2 franks, 1 drink for $4.45. Read more
  • Kyo S.
    Kyo SongFebruary 24
    Good spot for cheap eats! But that's what it is. Don't go with too high an expectation
  • M. G. S.
    M. G. StellaApril 5, 2014
    Disappointing to see they charge $1.00 more for relish on the recession special and don't tell you until the ring it up!
  • Simon K.
    Simon KuoAugust 25, 2014
    You have to eat here at least once if you are in Manhattan. And have a tropical juice drink.
  • Jobu J.
    Jobu JemasAugust 4, 2011
    I highly advise eating these dogs when your drunk. This way the smell of the homeless guy holding the door doesn't make you puke.
  • Aaron
    AaronAugust 22, 2010
    Often imitated, but the one and only. Amazing. Recessions special is a perfect prequel to a night out.
  • Raquel V.
    Raquel VasconcelosSeptember 2, 2014
    Delicious franks! Awesome deal with the recession special. Try adding chilli and cheese.
  • Jacques
    JacquesApril 17
    Hahha classic feed in nyc. Papaya drink is awesome. Hot dog is dirty & cheap.
  • Alina H.
    Alina HBJuly 14, 2015
    Amazing dogs the best in city, amazing banana daikiri, and a dog with onions.
  • Darnel T.
    Darnel ThompsonJuly 8, 2015
    The prices have changed but they still serve some quality hot dogs. Recession special all the way!
  • Will H.
    Will HarahanSeptember 2, 2013
    Featured in the Chris Rock movie Down to Earth among many, many, others. Best hot dog in nyc.
  • Dave H.
    Dave HaanNovember 19, 2011
    Can't beat the Ression Special - 2 franks and 1 drink for $4.95 including tax.
  • Fernando M.
    Fernando MacielSeptember 29, 2013
    It's not food... It's fuel. But it's delicious fuel... The best franks in town, but the place is anything but charming. The juices are very good.
  • Kit Kat🍫
    Kit Kat🍫April 15, 2012
    Lady asked for change to get food I gave her my 2nd dog instead.. Felt good to do. I did enjoy my dog w onions and piña colada juice.
  • Rosi M.
    Rosi MiramontesMay 20, 2013
    Not what I expected at all..I was looking for bigger taste but this was just your average BBQ dog :/ disappointed
  • Omar M.
    Omar ManoloAugust 2, 2014
    NYC institution still serving the best hot dogs for under $2. Papaya juice is very tasty.
  • Cris L.
    Cris LauerJanuary 17
    Definitely get the Papaya with your dogs 👍🏽
  • Dennis W.
    Dennis WolfseggerDecember 23, 2013
    Best Hot Dog's also try the Papaya Juice!
  • Sebastian B.
    Sebastian B.March 12, 2014
    Like the Buddhist monk, ask the guy behind the counter to make you one with everything.
  • Quinton S.
    Quinton SteeleJune 27, 2011
    The papaya drink here is fantastic, making it my choice over Papaya King.
  • Gary R.
    Gary RelojJanuary 4, 2015
    Hot dogs and piña coladas. Pretty easy on what you should order!
  • John L.
    John LeeJanuary 4, 2010
    the benefits of the papaya drink counteracts the downside of the dog...making for a perfect NY nosh
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