Gray's Papaya

(Now Closed)
Hot Dog Joint$$$$
Greenwich Village, New York
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  • The Corcoran Group
    The Corcoran GroupOctober 3, 2011
    One of the cheapest meals you can get in the city, and it tastes good too! Definitely get the Recession Special – two dogs and a drink for only $4.95. Bypass the $1 pizza!
  • Real Cheap Eats
    Real Cheap EatsNovember 5, 2012
    Gray’s offers the original budget-friendly meal. The sauerkraut and spicy mustard add some depth to the otherwise generic, greasy dog, making this the perfect snack after you’ve had one too many. Read more
  • M. Silver Associates
    M. Silver AssociatesFebruary 2, 2012
    The classic order is the Recession Special: two dogs with everything and a drink for a grand total of $3.50. Stick to classic, mustard, sauerkraut and onions - to classic Sabrett's onion sauce.
  • Ron Y.
    Ron YoushaOctober 15, 2013
    IMHO, Gray's Papaya is the best hotdog in all of NYC..followed by Nathan's and Sabret. Check this place out; you'll be glad you did : )
  • Marc C.
    Marc CreganFebruary 23, 2011
    Gray's Papaya is fantastic! One of the gems that I miss most about New York. Best hot dog -- fact not opinion. I prefer my two with the orange drink. They even taste better at 2 am.
  • Serious E.
    Serious EatsJanuary 25, 2012
    Are you really going to order a dollar slice at Gray's? Come on. Get a hot dog. Most of all, do NOT get a hot dog and fold it up in a dollar slice like Adam Kuban did. Read more
  • Mario B.
    Mario BataliFebruary 18, 2011
    6th ave and 8th st order two dogs (well done for that caviar crunch) and a papaya drink and understand the promise of AMERICA with its streets paved with gold!!!
  • Travel Channel
    Travel ChannelJanuary 26, 2011
    Recommended meal: hot dog. The classic New Yorker's poor man's meal. Meat, starch and veg--all in a few mouthfuls. - Anthony Bourdain, host of No Reservations
  • James W.
    James WhitfieldMarch 11, 2013
    The best hotdogs in NYC!! Get the recession special 2 dogs with a drink for $5. You can't beat it
  • Village Voice
    Village VoiceApril 19, 2012
    Gray's Papaya's Hot Dog voted #4 on The Village Voice's 10 Best LateNight Eats in New York City:
  • Donnaly A.
    Donnaly AtajarJuly 11, 2011
    Recession special is great for starving college kids. 2 frankfurters and 1 drink (get the Papaya drink, duh!) for $4.95. Read more
  • Michael B.
    Michael B.September 2, 2012
    This is a nice place 2 go 2 and eat a hot dog, they r the best in NYC, if not the best in the world !!!
  • Jay S.
    Jay SMarch 16, 2011
    Def a place for outta towners to visit - YUM! You can't go wrong w a Gray's!
  • Emre W.
    Emre WashburnApril 6, 2012
    1 dog will fill you up fo sho! get one with everything!
  • Caitlin C.
    Caitlin ClementsFebruary 10, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Also a surprisingly good slice of dollar pizza on top of the notable hotdogs
  • ViewSonic
    ViewSonicAugust 15, 2011
    Need a delicious hot dog after all those drinks at #pepcom? Pick up the best, and cheapest, hot dog in the city, here!
  • Summer O.
    Summer OleksyJuly 25, 2010
    Where else can you get 2 NYC dogs and a drink for about $3! They're currently offering a recession special (July 2010). Read more
  • David
    DavidFebruary 11, 2012
    Same quality as a dirty water dog off the carts, but lots more toppings and 6 fresh fruit drinks.
  • Flynn J.
    Flynn JonesMarch 28, 2012
    Come here if you like your papaya with inexplicable ice flakes in it. Still, don't order a Diet Coke unless you're a hawkish neocon. If you're diabetic, eat healthy instead of coming here at all. Duh.
  • Karran S.
    Karran SahadeoJanuary 18, 2013
    Recession Special is always a classic! cheap and good.
  • Ron C.
    Ron C.July 25, 2010
    Been here 50+ times
    You have to get the 2 Dogs (with everything) and a drink Combo... It's a NY staple!
  • Jason O.
    Jason O'BrienMay 29, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Best 3:00am dogs around... best part, I have no idea how much they cost.
  • Fanboy Gaymer
    Fanboy GaymerAugust 5, 2011
    Last of the great Hot Dog & Juice joints. Don't miss the cool & often strangely phrased quotes & slogans.
  • Jenny S.
    Jenny S.July 31, 2011
    Recession special: 2 hot dogs + a drink for $4.95 (tax included). Awesome!
  • Larry M.
    Larry MedinaMay 2, 2012
    Reception special 4.95 great deal. 2 hot dogs and a drink.
  • Josue G.
    Josue GarciaMarch 26, 2013
    Great speedy service! Sucks that they don't have chairs to sit down.
  • Tara P.
    Tara PlayfairOctober 9, 2012
    Recession special + orange drink open at ungodly hours w/cheap pricing #saynomore
  • Steven T.
    Steven ThibodeauSeptember 1, 2011
    Order the Classic: Two dogs, mustard, large Diet Coke. So good.
  • Bruno B.
    Bruno BucciJune 16, 2010
    The best hot dog ever! The papay and coconut champagne are delicious drink!
  • Jose V.
    Jose VillamanDecember 21, 2010
    sausage, egg, and cheese is greasy and yummy. the hamburger bun makes it.
  • Kylie J.
    Kylie JayOctober 3, 2014
    One of the better hotdogs in NYC
  • Minyi S.
    Minyi ShihJanuary 19, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Try the Hot Dog With Everything
  • Audrey C.
    Audrey CollAugust 1, 2010
    Best Hotdog in Manhattan (not to mention yummy drink)
  • @aliceprisoner
    @aliceprisonerMay 22, 2013
    The best pineapple water EVER.
  • Joshua L.
    Joshua LutzNovember 5, 2011
    sodium nitrates here I come! raised their prices AGAIN though. I remember when it was two dogs and a drink for $1.99
  • Christian
    ChristianDecember 29, 2010
    2 dogs (4 if drunk) mustard, red onions, papaya or orange drink.
  • Ewa P.
    Ewa PJanuary 1, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Get a large orange drink ..the best that ever did it
  • Jimmy B.
    Jimmy B.July 24, 2011
    $2.75 for two slices and a soda?! Can't go wrong!
  • Tony F.
    Tony FlemingMay 3, 2012
    Pass this place up. Tried it after a Travel Channel recommendation, but was quite disappointed. You'll get tastier dogs from a street vendor, and the juices taste like watered down sodas.
  • Noah F.
    Noah FecksDecember 31, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    2 dogs, onions, 1 small coconut champagne... that is all...
  • Michiko B.
    Michiko BOctober 3, 2009
    Try the Coconut Champagne drink with your Recession Special instead of Papaya. You won't regret it.
  • Jerome Y.
    Jerome YarboroughNovember 27, 2011
    best late nite after-party food!
  • seth h.
    seth hochmanMay 1, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    Nuthin like a "one-and-one" (one w onions, one w kraut)! Perfection on a paper plate.
  • Kevin C.
    Kevin CampbellOctober 21, 2011
    2 burnt mustard kraut onions and an orange drink
  • Stefanie M.
    Stefanie McNeeleyJune 14, 2011
    Hot dogs only ok- very limited toping choices for a hot dog shop. The banana drink is good. Staff not friendly.
  • Edwin J.
    Edwin JetSeptember 2, 2011
    A Cheap Imitation of "Papaya King 86St and 3Ave.
  • Jordan O.
    Jordan O'NeilJuly 7, 2011
    When did a dog with kraut become a 2 dollar item???
  • Ashley M.
    Ashley MellingerNovember 27, 2012
    Nothing beats a dollar slice at 3 in the morning.
  • Amy H.
    Amy Hartz🎀May 25, 2011
    Banana daiquiri. Nectar from heaven!
  • Russell A.
    Russell ArnoldAugust 15, 2013
    Best hot dog in town
  • Alex S.
    Alex SandarsMarch 15, 2011
    A NYC legend. Feel the pop!
  • Justin M.
    Justin MolinaOctober 19, 2011
    Recession Special is where it's at!
  • PizzaSnobo p.
    They're now serving pizza for a dollar a slice. Most awful. Check NYC pizza reviews at
  • Ped K.
    Ped KSeptember 22, 2013
    Awesome as always.
  • HashtagNYU
    HashtagNYUFebruary 14, 2013
    This place is a serious rival to Papaya Dog. 
  • Phoenix 💥💥💥
    Phoenix 💥💥💥February 24, 2014
    Great dogs
  • Nick M.
    Nick MannarinoSeptember 9, 2011
    2 dogs and get the orange drink
  • Sven J.
    Sven JensenApril 23, 2010
    Get the banana daiquiri. So delicious
  • Jessie
    JessieSeptember 22, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    2 w mustard and a papaya
  • Jimmy A.
    Jimmy AJuly 14, 2009
    Recession special before you hop on the train, it will totally help you feel better the next day.
  • Danyelle M.
    Danyelle MinorOctober 23, 2010
    Recession Special for $4.95! 2 Franks and a Drink...
  • Cheapism
    CheapismDecember 7, 2010
    The cheapest meal in New York City!
  • Rock R.
    Rock RadicalFebruary 15, 2011
    Love the coconut champange!
  • Erica S.
    Erica S.January 15, 2011
    orange drank i dont eat hot dogs lol
  • Rosy C.
    Rosy CMay 26, 2010
    The cold pina colada is delish!
  • Amanda Z.
    Amanda ZamoraOctober 7, 2012
    meh. this place seems best suited to late night, post-drinking fare
  • Piko
    PikoOctober 18, 2011
    A classic frank Read more
  • John B.
    John BianchiOctober 9, 2011
    Dogs, absolutely!! Pizza? No, don't do it.
  • Nick A.
    Nick AmanteMarch 2, 2012
    Meh on the pie...go to 99 cent pizza half a block south.
  • Andrew T.
    Andrew TIngleyMay 23, 2011
    The price is right. But nathans is 10% better
    CindysDelish.comJanuary 2, 2011
    Best dogs around
  • ☀Día☀
    ☀Día☀January 13, 2012
    Stale bun? *F A I L*!!!!!!
  • Lindsay W.
    Lindsay WilliamsJune 6, 2013
    Drunk people's food
  • Dawn   :o) D.
    Dawn :o) DamnYourNosey!February 2, 2013
    Cheap eats... not bad. But stock up on tums.
  • Rick
    RickDecember 14, 2010
    Try the Hot Dog
  • Juba B.
    Juba BektacheApril 19, 2011
    With Fuma!!!
  • Christopher S.
    Christopher SilanoMarch 20, 2010
    Love the orange drink
  • Robert R.
    Robert RomanoMarch 25, 2011
    Good place if ur drunk
  • Ben C.
    Ben CarmelDecember 6, 2009
    dog with mustard and kraut
  • Jimmy A.
    Jimmy AMay 7, 2009
    Recesssion Special FTW, even if they did jack the price a bit.
  • Periko O.
    Periko OjedaSeptember 25, 2010
    Lo recomendaban en solo los tontos se enamoran. Buenísimo el hotdog y el zumo de papaya.
  • Ramón A.
    Ramón ArellanoNovember 8, 2011
    Pizza a 1$. Vale la pena
  • Anton T.
    Anton TyulenevJanuary 1, 2014
    Здесь стоит побывать
  • Gaston C.
    Gaston CacunAugust 24, 2013
    Que nunca falte el recession special!!!
  • Julyane L.
    Julyane LimaSeptember 20, 2015
    Hot dogs bons e baratos!
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