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.

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.