On a recent walk through Manhattan, I had a craving for a couple of Gray’s Papaya hot dogs. Specifically, the “Recession Special” of two dogs and a drink (currently $6.95). They’ve had that special going on for at least the past five years. I hope the special stays around (recession or not). I don’t eat a lot of hot dogs, but Gray’s really scratches the itch when I get the craving.
All hot dogs are grilled on a flat top and develop a brown crust that gives them a subtle snap when you bite into one. The toppings are sparse as the focus is on the dogs. One can choose sauerkraut, onions (like Sabrett’s onions), ketchup, or mustard. They apply the first two; the last two you apply as you see fit. I usually go with kraut, ketchup, and mustard. I like the balance of sour, sweet and tangy.
Drinks are of special note. Choices are the namesake papaya (rumor is they started out selling fruit juices and branched into hot dogs as well), coconut champagne, pina colada, orange, and a few others. I’ve had the papaya and the orange and I have to say I find them to be very refreshing and a harmonious balance to the hot dogs.
If you’re looking for an inexpensive and satisfying quick meal, Gray’s Papaya fits the bill.