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Best Papaya and Dog

MichaelG Jul 17, 2008 02:27 PM

Just like all the different Ray's, there seem to be so many papaya-hot dog places in NYC. I'm coming into town in August, and I'd like to know what you all think is the best. Please help, 'hounds! Thanks!

  1. kcijones001 Jul 17, 2008 02:40 PM

    I personally like the one on 86th and third (right next to sassy's sliders...)

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      harryharry Jul 17, 2008 02:40 PM


      Grays Papaya!!

      1. a_and_w Jul 17, 2008 02:48 PM

        I prefer Papaya King to the rest of the Papaya places.

        1. thew Jul 17, 2008 03:45 PM

          papaya king (86th and 3rd) the original and the best

          all the rest are pale imitations to me

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          1. re: thew
            tpigeon Jul 17, 2008 04:42 PM

            I have fond memories. Grays is very good but PK was always my favorite.

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            peachtart Jul 17, 2008 04:17 PM

            Another vote for Papaya King

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              AlbertaHound Jul 18, 2008 01:17 PM

              Now that we've narrowed it down to Gray's in the Village and PK on 86th, I'm curious how people think the papaya drinks themselves compare between the two. After all, the NY Mag article linked below says the drink itself tastes like pizza - I guess that scores one for PK on 86th....

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              1. re: AlbertaHound
                hotdoglover Jul 18, 2008 05:52 PM

                All use the same natural casing Sabrett all beef dog, despite Papaya King's claims of a special recipe dog with a secret spice. Some years ago I went to N.Y. to compare the 2 and I prefered Papaya King. It depends on what you get that particular day. Meaning one might be better because the particular dog was grilled sufficiently. Last time I went and compared, I liked the Gray's dog. It was fresher and the roll at PK fell apart. I'd say go to the place that is closer to you. As for drinks, Papaya King, in my opinion is better than Gray's.

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