Wookiee Hut Cuisine presents:
Papaya Dog
33rd St. and 5th Avenue, NYC, NY
Review by MaceVindaloo

One of the staples in New York City cuisine, and one which some people say is the representive food of the Big Apple: The Hot Dog, The Dawg (in outer-borough-speak) or a little more on the slang levels, Street Meat, or the Dirty Water Dog. Usually, these ultimate, hand-held, "on the go" treats are served by foreign-language-speaking vendors scattered throughout Manhattan. But the downside of these vendors is that by mid- to late evening, they are few and far between. What is a still hungry "on the going" person to do?

The answer? There are many to this common question. I am not sure who was first, and I don't really care, but my local (as in "local watering hole," but in this case, my "local hot dog place") is Papaya Dog. A hole-in-the-wall place that seems to be never closed, they have a seemingly never-ending supply of fresh grilled (not dirty water!) dogs with all the typical toppings to choose from. Ketchup, mustard, onions (a uniquely New York tomato-based concoction), sauerkraut are the free basics. For a little extra money, you can get chilli and/or cheese sauces. They also have a small selection of other items including fries.

The other major item at these "Papaya"-named stores is the smoothie-like fruit drinks. These concoctions are usually a tropical fruit in an almost milk-shake-like, thick-textured drink. Papaya, mango, coconut, pineapple banana-strawberry, "pina colada" are the flavors at my local. They are blended up (presumably from a powder) in big vats and are the perfect compliment to a hot dog.

What I usually go for is called by many of these stores is a "Recession Special," comprised of two grilled2 hot dogs in soft buns with (free) toppings of your choice, and a 16-oz (pint) drink for $3.50 (note, the price recently went up. For a long while, it was $2.95). The perfect late night — or for that fact, any time meal or snack (depending where you may be, emotionally, gastrically, or hormonally!).

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