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Now Pouring: Papaya King and Salt + Charcoal

(Photo: Angelo Fabara)

(Photo: Angelo Fabara)

Congos to two restaurants that are now rocking liquor licenses. The first, Papaya King, opened sans booze last year on St. Marks Place but is now offering 12-ounce cans of Heineken Light and Brooklyn Lager, with a wider selection to come. Beer will be sold till 11pm, which means this’ll be a decent place to stop in for a round of vintage video gaming if the ones across the street at the new Barcade are ocupado.
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Papaya King Is About to Put Midtown Hot Dog Vendors in a World of Squirt

(Courtesy Papaya King)

(Courtesy Papaya King)

After expanding to St. Marks Place and then launching a food truck, Upper East Side institution Papaya King has decided to go for the jugular and is putting down roots in Herald Square, ground zero for dirty-water dog vendors. Starting Oct. 23, the king will station its flashy new food cart (shown here) outside of Macy’s in Herald Square. It’ll be at Broadway and 35th Street from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. serving hot dogs, veggie dogs, corn dogs, and knishes. This is such a setback to workaday wiener vendors that we don’t know how they’re going to ketchup.
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Papaya King Is Putting Its Wieners on Wheels

(Courtesy Papaya King)

(Courtesy Papaya King)

Ever since Gray’s Papaya closed, we haven’t had the heart(burn?) to even think about hot dogs — or maybe everything just pales in comparison to the churro dog we had in South Korea.

But this makes us snap to attention: Papaya King, the Upper West Side institution that opened a downtown location just a little over a year ago on St. Marks Place, is launching a food truck tomorrow.
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Doggone! Gray’s Papaya Has Closed

And now both Mike and Gray's are gone.

And now both Mike and Gray’s are gone.

This is a hard one to swallow.

Gray’s Papaya has shuttered its Sixth Avenue store. After a tipster saw the hot doggery being dismantled, Eater confirmed the closure with an employee at the uptown location who “was unsure if it was done for good, or just shuttered for a revamp.”
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Jimmy McMillan Couldn’t Stop the Rent From Going Even Damn Higher

(Photo: Anna Silman)

(Photo: Anna Silman)

Whelp, it’s official: the city’s Rent Guidelines Board, as expected, just approved rent hikes of 4 percent for one-year leases and 7.75 percent for two-year leases for rent-stabilized apartments, according to Fox News.

Among the usual protesters who turned up outside of the meeting at Cooper Union’s foundation building was Jimmy “The Rent Is Too Damn High” McMillan.

The mayor of Papaya King wasn’t impressed with last night’s actual-mayoral debate. “They’re talking about stop and frisk, gun control,” he told us. “I’m talking about landlord control.”
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We Love You, Papaya King, But You’re Wrong About Zeppelin and the Stones

(Photo: Daniel Maurer)

No, they didn’t. (Photo: Daniel Maurer)

The Papaya King that opened in the East Village last month is all about St. Marks Place. There’s a dog named after St. Marks resident Jimmy McMillan, who scored the King’s endorsement for mayor; and a sign on the back wall tells us that Lenny Bruce once lived on St. Marks (strangely, there’s no sign giving props to Crif Dogs for being the first place on St. Marks to combine hot dogs and video games).
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