Papaya King

Papaya King

Hot Dog Joint$$$$
Yorkville, New York
  • 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"(6 Tips)
    Patricia S.
    "their delicious mustard"(2 Tips)
110 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.
  • 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.
  • Mike F.
    Mike FriedlichOctober 14
    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 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!
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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)
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Mike S.
    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.
  • 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!
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • David S.
    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.
  • 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".
  • 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!
  • Mel Dog
    Mel DogDecember 2, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    One can't go wrong ordering a Classic with Kraut. The iconoclast cheap eat!
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • S_J L.
    S_J 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.
    When in need of a refreshing drink, don't doubt it: go to the Papaya King
  • 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.
  • Village Voice
    Village VoiceOctober 25, 2012
    Readers' Poll winner of The Village Voice Best of NYC 2012 Best Hot Dog!
  • Prithvi
    PrithviSeptember 28, 2012
    Best hot-dogs ever! Also, the papaya shake.
  • Teddy
    TeddyNovember 21, 2015
    Uh...pretty inexpensive as far as meals in NY go and it beats a dirty water dog.
  • Kimmie O.
    Kimmie OhhFebruary 19, 2015
    You come here for the hot dogs & the papaya drink!
  • Mary C.
    Mary CrippenSeptember 18, 2012
    Try the "side on top": chili, cheese, and curly fries.
  • Jessie C.
    Jessie CatanaJuly 17, 2015
    Hot dog with mustard and sauerkraut like a real New Yorker
  • Mike M.
    Mike M.November 18, 2014
    Chili dogs with a papaya drink - always hits the spot!
  • Sean N.
    Sean NickleyMay 27, 2015
    Great hot dogs and a killer fried chicken sandwich
  • Andrew R.
    Andrew RamseyAugust 11
    Cash only. Fries and dogs are pretty damn solid.
  • Sunny 🌞
    Sunny 🌞June 6, 2014
    The OG, no substitutions. Get the recession special.
  • Amanda Y.
    Amanda YepezNovember 28, 2014
    Classic corner spot with the best classic dogs.
  • DJ C.
    DJ CostantinoDecember 2, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    THE place to go in NYC for hot dogs. Best and cheapest!
  • Vickie F.
    Vickie FreemanJune 20, 2013
    Ask for the strawberry field to drink it is so great
  • 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
  • S_J L.
    S_J LNovember 22, 2012
    best hot dogs in nyc!! if you love hot dogs gotta try these!!
  • Rafi R.
    Rafi RomeroAugust 9, 2015
    Corn dog, curly fries, fried oreo. Tasty but not mind-blowing and definitely not good for you.
  • @M@ND@
    @M@ND@July 3, 2012
    You would think I four course meal is being served here with how crowded it always is...
  • Wejdan
    WejdanNovember 1, 2015
    Chili dogs and deep fried pickles. Cash only.
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