The week I flew to New York for two job interviews and the goal of finding an apartment was one of the most stressful weeks of my life. I was lucky enough that my mom volunteered to come along with me, because without her, I don’t know how I would’ve done it. She was there when I was panicking over what to wear for my interview, when I had to meet up with random realtors at strange addresses, and when I eventually got the call that I got the job I wanted. Moms man!
When we were waiting to meet a realtor, we saw a hot dog place with “papaya” in the name. I had already heard about these famous “papaya” hot dog places in New York City. As soon as we walked through the door to grab a hot dog, I remembered reading that that were only two “legit” papaya hot dog places, Gray’s Papaya and Papaya King, and that the rest were fakes. Well, I made my mom turn right back around and out the door, because if we were gonna eat a Papaya hot dog we were going to do it right. This is how serious I am about good food.
On the way back to our hotel after another day of seeing like 4 apartments scattered all over Manhattan and Brooklyn, I spotted Papaya King. Here it was! The real deal! I don’t even think I was that hungry, but I had to see what all the buzz was about. We each ordered a chili cheese hot dog with crunch (aka fried onion bits) and some papaya juice (Papaya king…papaya juice…had to do it!) . The hot dog was fine and a good snack, but I actually much prefer Nathan’s. The papaya juice however was extremely refreshing because it was…well…so fresh! Unlike some other juices I’ve had, this one tasted just like the fruit it claimed to be and wasn’t overly sweet.
All in all, I probably would have enjoyed it more if I hadn’t been on this grand search for a Papaya dog, but it was a suitable quick meal after an exhausting day.
Chili, cheese, and fried onions & papaya juice
179 E 86th St
New York, NY 10128