Julia Child once called Papaya King "The best hot dog in New York." Now the hot dog purveyors officially confirm that Las Vegas is the next destination, marking its first expansion outside the three New York restaurants.
Papaya King takes over 1,558 square feet at Harmon Square across from the Hard Rock Hotel. The space is three times larger than the New York locations with room for 54 guests who can dine in or take out.
Much like the New York locations, the Las Vegas version plans to feature a "New York-inspired environment with its eclectic tropical design and walk-up counter ordering system to offer a fast casual feel."
The hot dogs here feature 100 percent all-beef, made in New York City and shipped to Las Vegas franks coupled with tropical drinks. Eight classic combinations make the menu along with more than a dozen specialty franks. Guests can order the Classic with sauerkraut, New York onions or relish; Homerun with sauerkraut and New York onions; Pig N Da Blanket with bacon, sautéed peppers, sautéed onions and cheddar cheese sauce; Side on Top with chili, cheddar cheese sauce and curly fries; Upper East with pastrami, sauerkraut and pickle chips; and more.
On the drinks side of the menu, diners can find tropically inspired papaya, mango, coconut, banana and strawberry. Smoothie combinations include the Banana Berry with banana and strawberry; Papaya Pride with papaya, pineapple and strawberry; and Pineapple Surprise with banana, kiwi and pineapple.
Papaya King still hasn’t announced an opening date, only saying that it is "opening soon."
An estimated $250,000 construction budget has been allocated to create this homage to a "veritable institution and landmark," as they like to describe themselves. Born in 1932 on the Upper East Side corner of 86th Street and Third Avenue, Papaya King’s simple menu has been frequently copied but never bettered, according to vocal celebrity fans such as Andrew Zimmern and Anthony Bourdain.