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Music Fans Need Food Too: Papaya King

Another NY import! Picking up right where I left off with my last late-night-snacking-option review, I headed down to see what kind of progress was being made at the future home of Papaya King at 5 Dana Street (map) in the Old Port (formerly Big Mama’s Diner).

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More photos for this post can be found in the gallery here. Full review after the jump.

To my great surprise, I found that not only was the rumored location of NY’s own legendary hot dog and fruit juice joint a reality, but the restaurant was already open! The space is bright and spacious – obviously much more so than the cart that the company had been operating in Deering Oaks Park this summer. According to the staff, they opened up last Thursday (1/8/09) and were still working out their menu and signs. Soon they’ll have hamburgers, if you can believe it. For now, a paper a la carte menu is taped to the wall, for those not quite ready to dive into a dog, side of curly fries, and cut of papaya juice (it’s great for digestion, they say).

The hot dog (help yourself to ketchup and mustard, but sauerkraut must be ordered – relish is available in a small paper dish on the counter) was a bit on the small side, but definitely delicious. At just $2, that’s not a bad deal. They also have a selection of very affordable combo meals, listed on a gigantic hot dog sign hanging just behind the counter.

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Here’s what you’re waiting for: what are their hours? They open at 11am and close at 1:30am. Perfect! Another (coincidentally also NY-style/imported) late night food option that’s way better than 7-11, perfect for fortifying concertgoers before they make that cold/hot/rainy/lonely walk home.

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