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Hot Dog Recap

It was no surprise that my hot dog search was littered with double entendres and childish snickers. And this post will be more of the same. Try to control yourself, if you can.

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Category: Hot Dogs

My search for the best hot dog in New York continues….

PAPAYA KING, 179 East 86th Street (at Third Avenue), Upper East Side

Papaya King was the one that started it all in New York. No, they didn’t invent the hot dog or even bring it to New York, but they were the spearheads in this strange phenomenon of pairing encased meats with fresh fruit juices. Back in 1931, Greek immigrant Gus Poulos opened a store selling tropical fruit juices in the very German neighborhood of the Upper East Side. Eventually (thanks to his romance with a German lady), he decided to pair German sausages with the juices. Who would have guessed the combination would become one of NYC’s most iconic pairings?

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Category: Hot Dogs

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