About Papaya King
Papaya King is a fast casual restaurant concept that specialized in one-of-a-kind franks and tropical drinks. In addition, the restaurant serves crispy curly fries, onion rings, fried pickles, fried Oreos, fried Twinkies, tater tots, knishes, chicken sandwiches and corn dogs. Julia Child said Papaya King serves the “best hot dogs in New York” and Martha Stewart named it one of her “guilty pleasures”. The original Papaya King opened in 1932 on the corner of 86th St. and Third Ave. on the Upper East Side of Manhattan, and now features three locations in New York City and one in Las Vegas.
Papaya King is the original hot dog and tropical drink restaurant in New York City. Founded in 1932 by Gus Poulos, Papaya King was NYC’s first juice bar and has since become a city staple. Celebrities such as Julia Child, Martha Stewart and Emril Lagasse have pointed to Papaya King as the best hot dogs. Even The Beatles have visited Papaya King before their Ed Sullivan performance.
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