Papaya King

Papaya King

Hot Dog Joint$$$$
Upper East Side, New York
  • This place is famous for their hot dogs. It's one of the most popular in the city!
  • Mike M.
    "Chili dogs with a papaya drink - always hits the spot!"(9 Tips)
    Mary C.
    "Try the "side on top": chili, cheese, and curly fries."(3 Tips)
    Allison K.
    "cheese sauce + curly fries + papaya drink"(7 Tips)
    "Definitely get the Papaya juice, it's delicious!"(3 Tips)
111 Tips and reviews
  • hot dogs
  • side on top
  • chili
  • curly fries
  • good for a quick meal
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  • The Corcoran Group
    The Corcoran GroupJuly 18, 2012
    A fast food legend in New York City and a great place for a cheap and quick lunch! Our favorites are the Beefinator, the Home Run and the Southern Comfort.
  • Mike F.
    Mike FriedlichOctober 14, 2016
    Best hot dogs I have ever had. The best part was the pun, which was lightly toasted to a nice crisp. I had one with kraut, and the combination of the hot dog, the kraut and the bun was so good.
  • Tony X.
    Tony XerrayApril 8, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    The perfect place to end a diet. Get two hot dogs with chili, cheese, onions, and mustard with a side of curly fries. A large papaya drink should wash all that down. Eat near a bathroom. Trust me.
  • Tony R.
    Tony RApril 1, 2013
    The most delicious hot dog I've ever eaten! The chilli n cheese and onion crunch are so good! Make sure you get a Papaya Juice. It's a perfect match for the hotdog flavour. Very unique!!
  • NearSay NYC
    NearSay NYCJuly 28, 2011
    N-Sider love: We are dog-gone crazy for all Beef Sausage w/ Sautéed Onions & Peppers and the curly fries topped with delicious mustard! 80 years and still running makes Papaya the King of NYC!
  • Bruno M.
    Bruno MonteiroOctober 27, 2013
    Ask for the Upper East or Bulls Eye with a Papaya Pride and you're good to go! Only cash, around $15 for 2 people.
  • Rafaelina S.
    Rafaelina SiriMarch 6, 2013
    There are so many options to choose from, I was amazed to see the different kinds of hot dogs. I tried the chili ones, yum! The staff was very kind and friendly.
  • Shamira H.
    Shamira HamiltonDecember 10, 2015
    Papaya is always a good place to go to you know when you're on a budget and eat something decent to eat. One of my favorite inexpensive places to eat.
  • Brad G.
    Brad GrahamSeptember 21, 2013
    2 with sauerkraut. Papaya drink. Tony wraps up his stay in NYC in the Upper East Side. Tony grabs a late-night hot dog and fresh-squeezed juice before calling it a night. (2 locations)
  • Brad L.
    This is the original Papaya King location, opened in 1932 by Gus Poulos as "Hawaiian Tropical Drinks." Hot Dogs were added to the menu in 1939.
  • jiresell
    jiresellJune 7
    So the hot dogs are really good here! Definitely get the Papaya juice, it's delicious!
  • New York Habitat
    New York HabitatDecember 9, 2011
    For those days when you just want a hot dog. Don't be afraid to step outside your hot dog comfort zone by trying one of the customer created Royal Franks.
  • Mike S.
    Mike ShermanJuly 27, 2016
    The real deal. The classic NYC hot dog joint. Papaya drink is fantastic too. Greys ripped these guys off, they are 50 years older than Greys.
  • Brandon S.
    Brandon SpruillDecember 2, 2016
    Been here 5+ times
    Everything is delicious. Dogs, fried Oreos, curly fries, onion rings.
  • Lloyd
    LloydMay 16, 2013
    Famous hotdog joint in NY. You can have your dog with variety of toppings. Papaya shake is good, get it!
  • Serious Eats
    Serious EatsMarch 29, 2013
    Classic hot dog spot conveniently near the Metropolitan Museum of Art.
  • Michael P.
    Michael PaulinoJanuary 23, 2012
    Awesome place to get great NY dogs at all times of night i always go after a night of partying
  • Allison K.
    Allison KasicSeptember 22, 2014
    Hot dog w cheese sauce + curly fries + papaya drink = one of my favorite meals anywhere in the city.
  • Christen C.
    Christen ClinkscalesFebruary 21, 2015
    Get the southern comfort dog and a chili cheese dog. Don't forget the papaya juice!
  • David S.
    David SalterJuly 25, 2016
    According to a 2009 article in The Times, the ubiquitous NY red onion sauce was created at the request of a friend of Papaya King's founder.
  • Mike W.
    Mike WalkerApril 28, 2013
    Not nearly as good as Gray's Papaya. It's well worth the extra effort to shlep to the UWS or West Village to get the real deal.
  • Mike M.
    Mike M.November 18, 2014
    Chili dogs with a papaya drink - always hits the spot!
  • What's Good Here
    What's Good HereAugust 10, 2014
    Don't risk it with the flavorless dirty water dogs from the street carts. Come to Papaya King or Gray's for the real thing & get the hot dog and drink special.
  • Mark O.
    Mark O'LearyDecember 1, 2013
    Cheap and good. Onion relish is awesome, but the papaya drink is IT!
  • Kathy O.
    Kathy O'SheaJanuary 17, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Onion rings are delicious! Huge menu to choose from too!
  • Angela W.
    Angela WangelaJune 6, 2010
    Special topping dogs for just a bit over $2...impressive! Toppings make you forget that the tasty dogs are so small. I liked the "Musher".
  • Mel Dog
    Mel DogDecember 2, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    One can't go wrong ordering a Classic with Kraut. The iconoclast cheap eat!
  • SJ8544123 L.
    SJ8544123 LOctober 6, 2014
    Every time I come to city, I have to stop by here. C&C n Side on top~ yum yum♥
  • Patricio R.
    Patricio RuizJune 2, 2016
    When in need of a refreshing drink, don't doubt it: go to the Papaya King
  • Patricia S.
    Patricia SMay 18, 2010
    Get the King Combo or the Sausage Combo. Douse your curly fries with their delicious mustard and get their strawberry or mango drink.
  • Ahmed Y.
    Ahmed YearwoodJanuary 2, 2011
    Order from Papaya and rather than stand in the crowd, sit over in the Shake Shack plaza, which is a public space.
  • Village Voice
    Village VoiceOctober 25, 2012
    Readers' Poll winner of The Village Voice Best of NYC 2012 Best Hot Dog!
  • Travel Channel
    Travel ChannelNovember 15, 2011
    Tony stops in for hotdogs and a papaya drink. As seen on Travel Channel’s The Layover with Anthony Bourdain.
  • Prithvi
    PrithviSeptember 28, 2012
    Best hot-dogs ever! Also, the papaya shake.
  • Kimmie O.
    Kimmie OhhFebruary 19, 2015
    You come here for the hot dogs & the papaya drink!
  • Teddy
    TeddyNovember 21, 2015
    Uh...pretty inexpensive as far as meals in NY go and it beats a dirty water dog.
  • Jessie C.
    Jessie CatanaJuly 17, 2015
    Hot dog with mustard and sauerkraut like a real New Yorker
  • Sean N.
    Sean NickleyMay 27, 2015
    Great hot dogs and a killer fried chicken sandwich
  • Mary C.
    Mary CrippenSeptember 18, 2012
    Try the "side on top": chili, cheese, and curly fries.
  • Andrew R.
    Andrew RamseyAugust 11, 2016
    Cash only. Fries and dogs are pretty damn solid.
  • Vickie F.
    Vickie FreemanJune 20, 2013
    Ask for the strawberry field to drink it is so great
  • Sunny 🌞
    Sunny 🌞June 6, 2014
    The OG, no substitutions. Get the recession special.
  • DJ C.
    DJ CostantinoDecember 2, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    THE place to go in NYC for hot dogs. Best and cheapest!
  • SJ8544123 L.
    SJ8544123 LNovember 22, 2012
    best hot dogs in nyc!! if you love hot dogs gotta try these!!
  • Amanda Y.
    Amanda YepezNovember 28, 2014
    Classic corner spot with the best classic dogs.
  • Thiago G.
    Thiago GonzalezApril 30, 2013
    Best chilli dog EVER. Always a pleasure to come back!
  • Luisger L.
    Luisger LopezSeptember 26, 2011
    Order a Home Run followed by a Slaw Dog - can't go wrong.
  • Scott B.
    Scott BrimerAugust 17, 2012
    Really good fresh hot dogs and fresh fruit drinks
  • Wejdan
    WejdanNovember 1, 2015
    Chili dogs and deep fried pickles. Cash only.
  • Spotted by Locals - city guides by locals
    Go for the grand slam special! Read more
  • 5, 2015
    The perfect place for quick snacking. Share a combo.
  • @M@ND@
    @M@ND@July 3, 2012
    You would think I four course meal is being served here with how crowded it always is...
  • Rafi R.
    Rafi RomeroAugust 9, 2015
    Corn dog, curly fries, fried oreo. Tasty but not mind-blowing and definitely not good for you.
  • Kris C.
    Kris ConcepcionSeptember 13, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Best hot dogs in the city!
  • Gerardo V.
    Gerardo VargasMay 10, 2015
    Dogs and papaya are excellent but fattening as f**k!
  • Dan E.
    Dan ElharrarAugust 30, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    I come here for the fresh squeezed juice.
  • Soyun J.
    Soyun JeeJanuary 23, 2016
    Dogs with onions and mustard. Papaya drink 👍🏻👍🏻
  • Stephanie R.
    Stephanie RiveraMay 30, 2010
    Their hot dogs are mad good, I asked for passion fruit juice and was surprised they didn't have any!!
  • Michael D.
    Michael De La RosaJanuary 13, 2015
    Original Combo: $5.00
  • Shelby
    ShelbyApril 3, 2011
    Try a Slawdog with cheese! Amazing hot dogs for a great price!
  • Ashley H.
    Ashley HornJanuary 18, 2016
    Quick bites, not healthy but all options are tasty!
  • Jasmin
    JasminNovember 5, 2015
    Side on top!
  • Cezar L.
    Cezar LenciOctober 11, 2014
    Two Franks with kraut FTW
  • Carlos S.
    Carlos SuárezApril 22, 2016
    Been here 10+ times
    Loved the foot long hot dogs.
  • Ari P.
    Ari PaparoMay 12, 2012
    There used to be another one on 87th and third to get people coming off the uptown elevated train.
  • Presley B.
    Presley BelliniApril 30, 2014
    Greatest hot dogs in the city
  • Can B.
    Can BalciogluApril 28, 2014
    The all time unquestionable best
  • Tessa D.
    Tessa DomzalskiSeptember 13, 2015
    The Papaya King in St. Marks is better.
  • Tracey C.
    Tracey ChurrayJune 15, 2014
    Easily the best NYC hotdog.
  • Ricardo T.
    Ricardo TorresOctober 24, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    Can't go wrong with anything here
  • Samantha O.
    Samantha OrtizJanuary 8, 2013
    Don't get the strawberry drink. It taste like pepto and sugar. The dogs are good tho.
  • Tara P.
    Tara PlayfairOctober 9, 2012
    No words ... Just great dogs!!!
  • Sam T.
    Sam TJune 20, 2016
    Been here 10+ times
    Go for the home run.
  • Carlo T.
    Carlo TomasAugust 20, 2014
    Any dog goes better with tater tots!
  • Kai'Cee H.
    Kai'Cee H.October 23, 2013
    FYI: Cash only
  • Alex P.
    Alex PedrazaFebruary 13, 2014
    Oreos are the best !!!!
  • Rafe
    RafeJanuary 24, 2012
    Papaya has great digestive properties
  • Josh A.
    Josh AndersonSeptember 30, 2011
    Get it sweetened. It's really bland and "natural" fruit flavor, not sweet yummy fruit flavor.
  • Gerardo V.
    Gerardo VargasMay 10, 2015
    Taste as good as hell and fattening as f*#k!
  • Michael P.
    Michael PaulinoJanuary 24, 2012
    Try the onion crunch pretty good
  • KristiaMarie P.
    Papaya smoothie is good
  • Jen K.
    Jen KJune 16, 2013
    I fail to see the hype about these doggies. Enlighten me...
  • Señor C.
    Señor CigarSeptember 27, 2010
    Not just for hot dogs. I love the beef sausages
  • Bill C.
    Bill CauchoisMay 16, 2014
    I love hot dogs.
  • Pretty M.
    Pretty MillzMarch 11, 2015
    Good Dogs...classic
  • David S.
    David SmagulaMarch 1, 2011
    Vitamin Packed! Health Giving! Nature's Own Elixir!
  • brian b.
    brian botkillerJanuary 9, 2012
    Vertigo Venus buys all their hot dogs here.
  • Malea G.
    Malea GrubbOctober 6, 2015
    Great hot dogs!
  • Janelle O.
    Janelle OlmedaFebruary 3, 2015
    Mmm banana daquiri
  • Sandy C.
    Sandy CampbellDecember 7, 2011
    None better, but hot dog burp is still a problem.
  • Heather H.
    Heather HMarch 20, 2016
    Gray's Papaya is better.
  • Warren L.
    Warren LJuly 3, 2010
    Closed temporarily for renovation. Best hot dogs in the city, period. Let's hope they reopen soon!!
  • Spencer V.
    Spencer VairoAugust 13, 2013
    Get the home run
  • Henry W. N.
    Henry W. NgApril 17, 2012
    Been here 25+ times
    #2 wit mango!
  • Jamil T.
    Jamil ToureApril 12, 2012
    #originalpapayadrank! Can't beat it
  • Dunja L.
    Dunja LazicFebruary 28, 2014
    Bull's eye.
  • Larisa G.
    Larisa GrollemondAugust 20, 2016
    Ew. Bad hot dogs and probably the worst layout/ordering system. Get the tots if you have no other choice, but I'd just avoid this place all together.
  • Alyssa B.
    Alyssa BautistaNovember 2, 2014
    Strawberry fields ~
  • Wendy T.
    Wendy TartagliaJanuary 13, 2012
    AMAZING hot dogs!
  • Yazzy D.
    Yazzy DiizzleFebruary 24, 2012
    Best everrrrrrrr
  • Miguel S.
    Miguel SotoAugust 26, 2016
    Buen sabor, buen servicio, no se siente que esté muy limpio aunque no está sucio. Solo la catsup es "gratis" todo lo demás se cobra.
  • Alex T.
    Alex TopalovJanuary 3, 2015
    Огромный выбор
  • Jorge C.
    Jorge ChavezJune 27, 2015
    Hotdogs ricos
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