ABOUT  THE  KING

In 1923, a 16-year-old Greek boy named Gus Poulos arrived at the docks of Ellis Island from Athens, Greece.  Alone in a big city. No friends.  No family. No money. Full of energy and ambition. Gus quickly immersed himself in the Roaring 20's and began his journey toward the American Dream.  Within three years, Gus went from working at a deli in the Yorkville section of Manhattan to owning it.

After years of hard work, Gus was able to take his first vacation and he set his sights on the sunny beaches of Cuba where he fell in love with the plentiful supply of papaya, The Aristocratic Melon of the Tropics.
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OUR  MENU

Our products are fresh and never frozen.  Frozen franks aren't fit for royalty and we serve only the finest natural casing hot dogs on the planet!

Don't forget our tropical drinks which made us famous! 
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SHOP  FRANKS

New York has many great things: Pizza, The Brooklyn Bridge, The Yankees but none of them matches Papaya King Hot Dogs.

It's the truest taste of New York you can get. Once you bite in you get this perfect snap of the hot dog plus the mustard, sauerkraut and onions on top make it boom.

Order yours today for your next BBQ!
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SHOP  MERCH

What's better than some cool swag to represent a true NY original. 

We have an assortment of t-shirts, hats, and gift cards for those friends you really like!
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FRANCHISE

The Papaya King brand has over 86 years of brand equity as a New York City Institution.

Every detail from décor to interior signage to uniforms conveys the brand history and story in a fun, playful and New York Centric way.

Find out how to own a Papaya King. 

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