402 6th Ave
This famous West Village Hot Dog establishment has been a staple for locals and tourists for as long as long as I can remember. As a teenage Bridge and Tunneler, I remember taking the bus into Manhattan and then hitting the subway to West 4th more than a few times to crush these tasty hot dogs. They’re open 24/7 so it’s a great place to get food in your stomach before you go out or a post midnight snack after partying.
I’m pretty much a sucker for a deal, and the Recession Special from Gray’s Papaya always hits the spot for a cheap bite in NYC. Throughout the 90s, it was $1.95 for 2 hot dogs and a drink (Not including Pineapple Juice). I’m not a hater but as the years have gone by the Recession Special price has gone up to $3.50, and again to $4.45!! Even though the prices have skyrocketed, these quality grilled hot dogs are not the typical NYC dirty water dogs and still remain my favorite.
They don’t have a large selection of toppings but their savory grilled onions and scrumptious sauerkraut are delicious. Also, their selection of Pineapple Juice, Papaya Drink, Banana Daiquiri, Pina Colada, Coconut Champagne, and Orange Drink are perfect to wash these bad boys down. I have to say, I’m a kraut, ketchup and mustard with Orange Drink kind of guy. They’re not a huge serving size so feel free to order extras!