Thursday, May 25, 2023

breaking: founder of beloved nyc hot dog chain Gray's papaya dead at 86

Gray's Papaya founder, Nicholas Gray, circa 2000

By N.S.

I ate my share of dogs and "pina coladas," mostly at the 8th Street and Sixth Avenue (alias Avenue of the Americas) location which, I just learned, was shuttered about nine-and-a-half years ago. During the late 1980s, when I used to hang out on the Yupper West Side, where I met the Nice Jewish Girl (NJG) on whom I wasted four of the best years of my life, I frequented the original, 72nd Street and Broadway location, in which I last dropped in a few years ago, after visiting my late Mom in her assisted-living community. During the mid-to-late 1990s, I would sonetimes pick up a couple of dogs and a pina colada on the way home from the city, on my way into the West 4th Street subway.

The original location is still open at 72nd Street and Broadway


Anonymous said...

I guess eating hot dogs leads to a long life--unless...


Anonymous said... choke on one.

In GR,"Yesterdog" has had the greatest hot dogs--steamed--for 45 years.


Anonymous said...

The Great American success story. In the Chicago area it is Frank Portillo and the Portillo chain of hot dog restaurants.