Papaya King

New York's Original Hot Dog
Papaya King
New York has many great things: Pizza, The Brooklyn Bridge, The Mets but none of them matches Papaya King Hot Dogs. It's the truest taste of New York you can get. Once you bite in you get this perfect snap of the hot dog plus the mustard, sauerkraut and onions on top make it boom.
David Ariel - The Long Distance Eater

Gus Poulos came through Ellis Island from Greece with no family and no money. But, that didn’t stop him from eventually playing a major role in the history of one of New York’s most iconic foods. This tasty New York landmark wasn’t always known for its snappy franks. Gus opened up his iconic stand originally to sell tropical juice. Unfortunately, the juice trend didn’t become a thing for another 80 years, but we like to think of him as pioneer of pressed fruit nonetheless.

When selling juice alone couldn’t pay the bills, Gus ingeniously added America’s favorite franks to the menu in 1932 and the lines out the door haven’t stopped since.

We're not the only ones who love them!

Papaya King has been called “more vital than the subway” by Zagat. Food critic Ed Levine, Julia Child and Anthony Bourdain have all cited it as the best hot dog in New York. It has also been mentioned on Seinfeld and How I Met Your Mother.

Papaya King

New York's Original Hot Dog

Gus Poulos came through Ellis Island from Greece with no family and no money. But, that didn’t stop him from eventually playing a major role in the history of one of New York’s most iconic foods. This tasty New York landmark wasn’t always known for its snappy franks. Gus opened up his iconic stand originally to sell tropical juice. Unfortunately, the juice trend didn’t become a thing for another 80 years, but we like to think of him as pioneer of pressed fruit nonetheless.

When selling juice alone couldn’t pay the bills, Gus ingeniously added America’s favorite franks to the menu in 1932 and the lines out the door haven’t stopped since.

We're not the only ones who love them!

Papaya King has been called “more vital than the subway” by Zagat. Food critic Ed Levine, Julia Child and Anthony Bourdain have all cited it as the best hot dog in New York. It has also been mentioned on Seinfeld and How I Met Your Mother.