NileGuide Expert Says:
Though the price of a hot dog keeps going up, this is still the best deal in NYC dining--by a longshot.
(at 71st Street)
New York City, NY 10025
1 212 799 0243
NileGuide Expert tip:
Recently, Gray's Papaya's "recession special" has offered two hot dogs and a drink for $4.95.
A New York favorite for almost 30 years, this hot dog joint offers a long-running special--one juicy hot dog with a slightly mysterious "papaya" fruit drink--that stakes a claim as the best dining deal in town. The store's famous facade has featured in several movies, and star chef Mario Batali is among the prominent New Yorkers who have proclaimed themselves fans of these dogs. There are three locations in the city, including this Upper West Side branch, the West Village (402 Sixth Avenue at 8th Street) and Hell's Kitchen (539 Eighth Avenue at 37th Street).