Gray's Papaya

Hot Dog Joint and Sandwich Place$$$$
Upper West Side, New York
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  • The experts at Village Voice and GQ Magazine recommend this place
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  • Candace
    "Get the recession special with delicious pina colada."(37 Tips)
    Melissa M.
    "You must get the papaya juice with your hotdog!"(9 Tips)
    John L.
    "benefits of the papaya drink counteracts the downside of the dog..."(7 Tips)
    Charles G.
    "To me, this is the best hot dog in NYC for the money."(3 Tips)
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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
    EaterJune 14
    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
  • Gothamist
    GothamistJuly 19
    Get the Recession Special, of course—two franks, one drink, these days $5.95—on offer here since the Koch years, squeeze into a spot at the counter, and taste the New York City of legend. 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~
  • 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!
  • 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!
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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 !
  • 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.
  • 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!
  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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!
  • 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.
  • Laurence T.
    Best NY's hotdogs! Small place but service is good and quality is nice
  • 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 ;)
  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Curtis S.
    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.
  • Gary R.
    Gary RelojJanuary 4, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    Hot dogs and piña coladas. Pretty easy on what you should order!
  • Dennis W.
    Dennis WolfseggerDecember 23, 2013
    Best Hot Dog's also try the Papaya Juice!
  • Cris L.
    Cris LauerJanuary 17, 2016
    Definitely get the Papaya with your dogs 👍🏽
  • Alex R.
    Alex RobertsonJune 14
    Been here 5+ times
    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
  • Ariane R.
    Ariane RinehartSeptember 3, 2016
    Cheap, yummy, can't go wrong. Skinny hot dogs and good sauerkraut.
  • 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 :)
  • Joshua N.
    Joshua NewmanJuly 11, 2016
    A New York institution. Delicious anytime, though essential late-night after too many drinks.
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