Gray's Papaya

Hot Dog Joint and Sandwich Place$$$$
Upper West Side, New York
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  • Eater
    EaterJuly 22, 2016
    The Recession Special, which includes two dogs and a papaya drink (or soda) for $4.95, is still one of NYC's greatest deals. Read more
  • Eater
    Eater1 week ago
    It comes closest to fulfilling the hot dog principles that originated on the Coney Island Boardwalk: plainish, popping-skinned franks topped with a meager choice of ingredients. 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!
  • 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.
  • SJ8544123 L.
    SJ8544123 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~
  • 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!
  • 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!
  • 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.
  • 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?
  • Julie A.
    Julie AvraMarch 5
    Love the 2 hotdogs and a juices, great if you're really hungry and need something quick or if you're on a budget
  • 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).
  • Jonathan Masashi
    Jonathan MasashiJuly 26, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    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.
  • Candace
    CandaceSeptember 15, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    Favorite Gray's Papaya. Hands down! Hot dog is snappy, savory, & the perfect meat:bun ratio. Get the recession special with delicious pina colada.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Jacky Y.
    Jacky YanDecember 5, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    $4.95 deal is always my favorite with a papaya drink. I always come to this place whenever I am in NYC !
  • Erik R.
    Erik RiveraSeptember 9, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    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!
  • Brian S.
    Brian StraussJuly 18, 2016
    The hot dog lover's hot dog. Snaps when you bite into it. Bun has a thin crunchy layer that yield to a fluffy crumb. I don't drink the sugar water on offer.
  • 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!
  • Gothamist
    GothamistAugust 16, 2016
    The Upper West Side location is still a steady 24-hour purveyor of a pair of excellently snappy hot dogs paired with fruit juice. Read more
  • 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
  • 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.
  • Elizabeth L.
    Elizabeth LeeOctober 17, 2016
    Their recession special is so worth it! Hot dogs hit the right spot and papaya drink goes well with the dogs.
  • 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..
  • 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!
  • 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 ;)
  • Laurence T.
    Best NY's hotdogs! Small place but service is good and quality is nice
  • Will J.
    Will JohnsonJuly 24, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    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.
  • 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.
  • 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
  • Serious Eats
    Serious EatsMarch 29, 2013
    Classic hotdoggery. Get the recession special, two hot dogs and a drink.
  • Nate T.
    Nate TSeptember 10, 2016
    Best hot dog in the city (/world). A little ketchup and mustard and you're golden.
  • Bolivar E.
    Bolivar EncarnacionDecember 17, 2015
    Los mejores hot dogs de NYC, baratos y deliciosos!!! The best hot dogs in NYC: Cheap and delicious
  • Raquel V.
    Raquel VasconcelosSeptember 2, 2014
    Delicious franks! Awesome deal with the recession special. Try adding chilli and cheese.
  • 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.
  • Jacques
    JacquesApril 17, 2016
    Hahha classic feed in nyc. Papaya drink is awesome. Hot dog is dirty & cheap.
  • Nicole
    NicoleJuly 16, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    This place serves a need, and that is post-midnight cravings. 2 well-done dogs with mustard, eaten in shame by the window, please.
  • Will H.
    Will HarahanSeptember 2, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Featured in the Chris Rock movie Down to Earth among many, many, others. Best hot dog in nyc.
  • Omar M.
    Omar ManoloAugust 2, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    NYC institution still serving the best hot dogs for under $2. Papaya juice is very tasty.
  • Curtis S.
    Curtis Shoung3 weeks ago
    Dogs are good. Skip the blended juices (too sweet) and "onions" that are really just extra sweet ketchup onion sauce
  • Alina H.
    Alina HBJuly 14, 2015
    Amazing dogs the best in city, amazing banana daikiri, and a dog with onions.
  • Dennis W.
    Dennis WolfseggerDecember 23, 2013
    Best Hot Dog's also try the Papaya Juice!
  • Gary R.
    Gary RelojJanuary 4, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    Hot dogs and piña coladas. Pretty easy on what you should order!
  • Alex R.
    Alex Robertson1 week ago
    a UWS institution, but I'd suggest you avoid both the chalky drinks and the weirdly sweet chili topping, which comes out of a pump
  • Cris L.
    Cris LauerJanuary 17, 2016
    Definitely get the Papaya with your dogs 👍🏽
  • Ariane R.
    Ariane RinehartSeptember 3, 2016
    Cheap, yummy, can't go wrong. Skinny hot dogs and good sauerkraut.
  • Joshua N.
    Joshua NewmanJuly 11, 2016
    A New York institution. Delicious anytime, though essential late-night after too many drinks.
  • Ailie C.
    Ailie ChangMay 4, 2015
    Don't pass by this place without getting some refreshing pineapple juice! While you're at it, get a hot dog :)
  • Tom N.
    Tom NuskoOctober 5, 2013
    Go for the Recession Special with Banana Daiquiri! Just perfect... :)
  • Jen Q.
    Jen 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
  • Darnel T.
    Darnel ThompsonJuly 8, 2015
    The prices have changed but they still serve some quality hot dogs. Recession special all the way!
  • 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.
  • Christine R.
    Quick lunch trip to the original Grey's to kick off the holiday weekend! $4.95 for two dogs and a medium drink.  Whoo-hoo!
  • Andrea F.
    Andrea FaggianiOctober 11, 2016
    Breakfast sandwich (egg, cheese, ham or sausage on a roll) is delicious! Taste it!
  • Rahul G.
    Rahul GuhathakurtaFebruary 10, 2015
    One of the best hot dog in joint in manhattan, no secondary thought about it.
  • Sebastian B.
    Sebastian B.March 12, 2014
    Like the Buddhist monk, ask the guy behind the counter to make you one with everything.
  • 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!
  • Dave H.
    Dave HaanNovember 19, 2011
    Can't beat the Ression Special - 2 franks and 1 drink for $4.95 including tax.
  • Jimmy S.
    Jimmy SparacoApril 6, 2014
    Recession Special 2 Franks & Medium Drink! $4.95 can't beat it!
  • Wejdan
    WejdanFebruary 21
    It's true, the best hot dog joint in the city. Pass on the papaya juice, not good, papaya king do it better.
  • Jeff O.
    Jeff OrlickJuly 31, 2013
    I am misquoting Regis Philbin when I say that it's like dessert in a bun - but you get the idea
  • Adam R.
    Adam RauscherFebruary 26, 2013
    The Coconut Champagne is the most underrated beverage on the menu.
  • Cameron J.
    Cameron JonesFebruary 28, 2012
    Can't beat the recession special! Two dogs and a drink (except pineapple & OJ) for $4.95 (tax incl.)
  • 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.
  • Trip M.
    Trip MathisFebruary 6, 2014
    Been here 100+ times
    Sauerkraut and mustatd is the new yawk way! #guyonthehigh gets coco champagne too.
  • 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.
  • Sean H.
    Sean HMay 27, 2013
    Recession special got expensive, but still worth it.
  • Ben R.
    Ben RAugust 15, 2014
    2 dogs. Onion, sauerkraut and mustard. Anything else is sacrilege.
  • Kyo S.
    Kyo SongFebruary 24, 2016
    Good spot for cheap eats! But that's what it is. Don't go with too high an expectation
  • Aaron
    AaronAugust 22, 2010
    Often imitated, but the one and only. Amazing. Recessions special is a perfect prequel to a night out.
  • Quinton S.
    Quinton SteeleJune 27, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    The papaya drink here is fantastic, making it my choice over Papaya King.
  • Hauke V.
    Hauke VagtsJuly 25, 2013
    Onions and cheese (and mustard) - perfect hot dog!
  • Melissa M.
    Melissa Michaud NishanDecember 31, 2015
    Bucket list stop. You must get the papaya juice with your hotdog!
  • Charles G.
    Charles GuerreroSeptember 3, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    Really some of the best hot dogs, period.
  • James F.
    James FoytlinJune 10, 2012
    Best dogs in town best atmosphere around 430 am. For the afterparty lol
  • Tracy W.
    Tracy WhiteMay 12, 2012
    Well done with kraut + mustard is the way to go!
  • Yan P.
    Yan PAugust 26, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    Ask for your hot dogs well done.
  • Christian E.
    Christian E.May 8, 2013
    Relish is extra, kraut is free. Just a head's up.
  • Katherine M.
    Katherine M.April 28, 2014
    My friend Andrew says, "Get drunk and go to grey's papaya for a dog and a papaya shake."
  • Jean P.
    Jean PMay 10, 2015
    One of the best hotdogs in NYC!
  • Charles G.
    Charles GuerreroNovember 6, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    To me, this is the best hot dog in NYC for the money.
  • Heather H.
    Heather HMarch 4, 2016
    Been here 5+ times
    I would go with the Hot Dogs. Just saying
  • Iro P.
    Iro ProdromouMay 14, 2015
    The best hot dog in New York! With a combination of papaya-something-juice!
  • Stephanie K.
    Stephanie KleinJune 17, 2012
    Crunchy skin, perfect long dogs, a buck.
  • Silvio A.
    Silvio A. PinheiroApril 27, 2013
    Great frank hot dog, but I still like more the Katz's one...
  • Magie C.
    Magie ChiangNovember 27, 2011
    Coconut champagne and delicious hot dogs. Mean little man in front though.
  • Foodonfoot
    FoodonfootJuly 3, 2012
    Hot Dog @ Gray's Papaya New York
  • Beatriz C.
    Beatriz CastilloMarch 22, 2016
    Good for a quick bite. Everybody gets hot dogs there. They don't have tables.
  • Andrew B.
    Andrew BankNovember 7, 2011
    2 dogs w/ sauerkraut, spicy brown, & ketchup. Killer cheap meal.
  • Foodonfoot
    FoodonfootJuly 2, 2012
    Hot Dog @ Gray's Papaya New York
  • J. I.
    J. I.G.November 20, 2014
    Recession special is the way to go
  • Juan Carlos S.
    Juan Carlos SocorroNovember 14, 2012
    Tasty! Best hot dogs ever!
  • Ariel T.
    Ariel TamasiApril 21, 2013
    Franfurter's great, papaya's even better :)
  • douglas
    douglasFebruary 17, 2012
    The "Recession Special": 2 hotdogs and a 16 oz drink for $4.99...enough said.
  • Will J.
    Will JohnsonAugust 16, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    this is the guilty pleasure place and I don't know what they put int those dogs but one is never enough here.
  • Dulan T.
    Dulan T.February 17, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Recession Special isn't bad at all. Two hot dogs and a drink for $4.45(tax included)
  • Brazen L.
    Brazen LingerieApril 28, 2013
    Be sure to order the Papaya juice. It's in a class of its own.
  • LuisAlfredo Z.
    LuisAlfredo ZambranoDecember 22, 2012
    Recession special with piña colada... Great quick cheap fix. Yeah!
  • Anthony T.
    Anthony ThorntonJune 17, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    hot dogs are slamming i love it.. especially after the club you got and you eat it you good haha
  • Virgínia C.
    Virgínia CarpiOctober 16, 2015
    O hot dog realmente é muito bom. Mesmo o mais simples, pois o pão é muito gostoso e a salsicha é especial. O suco de papaia também é bem gostoso. O hot dog é bem pequeno, peça logo dois!
  • Fernando V.
    Fernando VCSeptember 23, 2012
    Dejaos de carritos, de Natahan's famous y de tonterías, este es el mejor lugar para comer perritos, es auténtico, está muy bueno y es barato. Y con amplio horario.
  • Carmen R.
    Carmen R JMarch 9, 2016
    Buenísimos perritos calientes, me tomé uno con cebolla y salsa super delicioso, totalmente recomendable. Muchos tipos a elegir y de buen tamaño.
  • Paulo Sérgio F.
    Paulo Sérgio FreireDecember 16, 2013
    Sugiro que em vez de comer nesse tradicional local de hot dog ande alguns metros acima na 72 e procure os smoothies da Juice Generation, mais gostoso e mais saudável.
  • Minel O.
    Minel OrduñoMay 31, 2014
    Muy baratos... Buenos... Pedirlos con onion... Hay de beef para los que no comen cerdo. No puedo decir que sea un must pero si se cruza vayan
  • Abel B.
    Abel Bueno ArandaSeptember 27, 2015
    De los mejores hot dogs de NYC. Olvídate de sentarte y pide el anti-crisis con zumo de papaya, dulce pero no demasiado.
  • Juan Carlos S.
    iconico lugar de Nueva York que ha salido en varias películas... "Tienes un email" por ejemplo... en la que Tom Hanks y Meg Ryan comían perritos en su ventana...
  • Ronaldo M.
    Ronaldo MatosoOctober 19, 2016
    Um dos melhores cachorros-quentes de NYC não esqueça de pedir suco mamão
  • Vicente M.
    Vicente MartinezAugust 26, 2015
    Impresionantes perritos!! Servicio rapídisimo y precios muy asequibles. Dos perritos con bebida, solo 5,95 dólares.
  • Ulisses @ M.
    Ulisses @ MMarch 18, 2015
    Aqui já fizeram diversos filmes, mas o cachorro quente é pequeno e nem tão gostoso. Vale mais para "ticar" cenas de filmes.
  • Glm
    GlmJune 30, 2015
    upper west side'da. ucuz ve çok ünlü hot dogları var. aynı zamanda papaya suyu da kesin denenmeli
  • Fabio d.
    Fabio de LizMarch 8, 2016
    O melhor sempre!!!! Nota 10!
  • Eduardo K.
    Eduardo KneipJuly 19, 2016
    Realmente é um hot dog maravilhoso, e não vir aqui e não ter visitado NY.
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