|Industry||Fast food restaurant|
|Founded||1973New York Cityin|
Number of locations
|New York City|
Gray's Papaya is a hot dog restaurant located at 2090 Broadway at 72nd Street. It had other locations, all of which had closed by June 2020. Gray's Papaya is famous for its inexpensive high-quality hot dogs, considered among the best in New York City. They once sold for 50 cents each and, as of 2023, sell for $2.95.
The "papaya" in the name refers to the papaya fruit drink sold at the establishment. They also sell orange, grape, piña colada, coconut champagne and banana daiquiri fruit drinks, all of which are non-alcoholic.
In the June 1, 2006, issue of Time Out New York, Gray's Papaya's hot dog was ranked first over its competitors Papaya King and Papaya Dog. On March 3, 2008, The New York Times reported that Gray's Papaya had endorsed Democratic candidate Barack Obama in his campaign for the 2008 U.S. Presidential Election.
The former Hell’s Kitchen location of Gray's Papaya (at Eighth Avenue and 37th Street) closed in 2011 and the Greenwich Village branch (on Sixth Avenue at 8th Street) in 2014 due to rent increases. For several years after, the flagship location at 72nd street was the only location left.
In 2016, Gray's Papaya signed a 20-year lease for a new midtown location on Eighth Avenue, between West 39th and West 40th streets. The location opened in spring 2017 but subsequently closed in 2020 due to the economic effects of the COVID-19 pandemic in New York City. After likewise shuttering their flagship location for the "first time in 47 years" on March 30, Gray's Papaya reopened the location in May 2020, with a new version of its "recession special" that featured two franks and a tropical drink for $6.95 including tax, with frontline healthcare workers eating the special for free. Thrillist listed it as one of the best hot dog locations in New York.
Gray died in May 2023 at 86 due to complications from Alzheimer's, but the restaurant continues to remain open.
Gray's Papaya is famous for its inexpensive (once sold for 50 cents, as of 2023, sell for $2.95), high-quality hot dogs. The "papaya" in the name refers to the papaya fruit drink sold at the establishment. They also sell orange, grape, piña colada, coconut champagne (non-alcoholic), and banana daiquiri (non-alcoholic) fruit drinks.
- In the 1995 film Die Hard with a Vengeance, a scene takes place across the street at 72nd and Broadway, with the sign shown prominently.
- In the 1997 film Fools Rush In, one of the characters has Gray's Papaya hot dogs delivered to her husband in Las Vegas.
- In the 1998 film You've Got Mail, Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan's characters are seen chatting at the Gray's Papaya counter.
- In the 2005 season of How I Met Your Mother, in the limo, Ted and the others go to Gray’s Papaya on New Years Eve.
- In 2023 season of the TV Series Manifest’s Final Season first episode as Ben and Michaela Stone escaped the Registry Ben makes a comment that he wished they stopped by Gray’s Papaya
- Casey, Nell (January 8, 2014). "There's Now Only One Gray's Papaya Left In New York City". Gothamist. Retrieved March 27, 2015.
- Hoeffner, Melissa Kravitz (June 29, 2020), "Where to Eat Hot Dogs in NYC This Summer", Thrillist
- Fishbein, Rebecca (July 2, 2014). "The 10 Best Hot Dogs In NYC: Gothamist". Archived from the original on October 6, 2017. Retrieved June 8, 2017.
- Mainland, Alexis (March 3, 2008). "Two Hot Dogs, a Drink, and a Nod to Obama". The New York Times. Retrieved March 27, 2010.
- Pushkar, Katherine; Guest, Jocelyn (June 1, 2006). "Dog Fight". Time Out New York. Retrieved March 27, 2010.
- Maurer, Daniel (February 28, 2011). "Doggone: Gray's Papaya Closes Hell's Kitchen Location". Grub Street. Retrieved December 9, 2017.
- "End Of An Era: Gray's Papaya In Greenwich Village Closes Its Doors". CBS New York. January 9, 2014. Retrieved December 9, 2017.
- Rajamani, Maya (August 8, 2016). "Gray's Papaya Returning to Midtown with New 8th Ave Outpost". DNA Info. Archived from the original on September 26, 2022. Retrieved September 26, 2022.
- Quinn, Anna (May 6, 2020), "Gray's Papaya Among UWS Restaurants Reopening For Takeout", Patch.com
- Traub, Alex (May 24, 2023). "Nicholas Gray, 86, Dies; Paired Hot Dogs With Papaya to Make a Landmark". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved May 25, 2023.
- "GRAY'S PAPAYA — Uptown Menu". GRAY'S PAPAYA. Retrieved May 26, 2023.
- "Eat Like a New Yorker: Gray's Papaya—Arguably the Best Hot Dogs in NY". Nightlife Tours by The New York Nightlife. Retrieved May 26, 2023.
- "An Eater's Guide to New York City", Eater.com, December 17, 2021
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