i just got married for under a hundred dollars. ceremony at city hall. reception at gray’s papaya. limo service courtesy of the mta. my ring is made of wood from my grandfather’s barn before it got torn down. my wife and i couldn’t be happier. say hello to mrs. ward.
R.I.P. the Gray’s Papaya near the W 4th St. stop in the Village. Will miss your all-Filipino staff and the drunken late-nite hot dogs. Middle fingers to the landlord who upped the rent by $20,000 and the “juice bar” that is taking its place.
George Papalexis loved hot dogs. He ate them four to five times a week and a prominent side dish on the Papalexis Thanksgiving table was “franks and beans.” This should come as no suprise since Mr. Papalexis was president of the company which manufactures Sabrett hot dogs. For those who know New York hot dogs there are three brands of significance: Nathan’s Famous Franks, Hebrew National and Sabrett. The first two have gone national but Sabrett remains a regional legend.
Sabrett, which was founded in 1926, made its name through the ubiquitous carts dotting Manhattan. Papalexis, who originally ran a bakery that made hot dog buns before purchasing Sabrett in 1989, increased marketing of the frankfurter in the New York opening stores where you could purchase Sabrett hot dogs, chili sauce, sauerkraut, and onions in sauce. (OOTD highly recommends a dog with brown mustard, sauerkraut and onions. Trust me.) Sabrett’s are the hot dogs served at both New York’s famous Papaya King and Gray’s Papaya, and is the base of the “Papaya Dog,” from Gray’s which was named the best hot dog in NY by Time Out New York in 2006.
Mr. Papalexis was 86 years old.
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