America’s 50 Best Casual Restaurants (Slideshow)

50) Gray’s Papaya, New York City

Gray’s Papaya  is shockingly down to only one location, on the Upper West Side, after the one on Eighth Street in the West Village unceremoniously closed a couple of months ago, but it remains a New York institution as well as a great place to get a near-perfect hot dog. These colorful purveyors of old-school New York character grill their natural-casing Sabrett dogs on a flat top, nestle them inside a lightly toasted bun, and top them with mustard, sauerkraut, or the classic "onions in sauce," also made by Sabrett. Lean up against the ledge, wash down a couple with some papaya drink, and be on your merry way, full, content, and out only a few bucks.