A true New Yorker takes pride in a few of our androgynous preparations of common “street eats.” We like our pizza thin crusted, oven-fired and eaten by hand. We like our pretzels baked, twisted, fluffy, and smothered in kosher salt and mustard. We like our clam chowder clear, with hardy clams and a tomato-based broth. And, perhaps most of all, we like our hot dogs, or “franks,” kosher and locally prepared, with kraut and deli mustard – and ideally, from Papaya King, New York’s original hot dog stand.
These dogs are damn tasty – I have been eating them since I was a young kid and still can’t get enough (though I will admit that I’ve slowed down as of late). All of the ingredients are locally sourced, and the place has been serving consistently delicious franks and tropical drinks since the early 1930’s. I usually get a grand slam special with sauerkraut, relish and their own special spicy mustard, as well as curly fries and a papaya drink.
It’s all standing room, so grab a space at the window bar next to a local, and get ready to chow down. Papaya King is one of the best places to get a cheap and quick meal in Manhattan, and, above all else, to get a true New York eats experience.