America’s 50 Best Casual Restaurants (Slideshow)

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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. 


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