The glowing, tropical storefront of the Papaya King juice and hot dog shop near St. Mark’s Place.
Cheese and crackers, milk and Oreos, chicken and waffles––when did papayas and hot dogs become a classic food combination in NYC? Gray’s Papaya and Papaya King, with locations in uptown Manhattan and in Greenwich Village, would make you think so.
Papaya King invented the combination. Their original store opened in 1932 as a tropical juice bar alone, but with an obvious focus on the papaya. Why papaya? A result of founder Gus Poulos’ first vacation to Cuba, where this “Aristocratic Melon of the Tropics” was plentiful.
There is something comforting about eating the same food your mom packed for you in elementary school. In Greenwich Village, Peanut Butter and Company’s sandwiches capitalize on that wish in an entire store dedicated to PB&J. The shop has nearly a dozen flavors of peanut butter, and a wide array of sandwiches ranging from the original peanut-butter-and-jelly on white to a sandwich with spicy peanut butter, grilled chicken, and pineapple jam. (more…)
If your favorite Subway sandwich is the BMT then you’re in for a surprise: it is named for the Brooklyn-Manhattan Transit system which ran trains like the 7, J, K, L, M, Q, as well as some of the double lettered subway lines from 1923 to 1940. Subway has been using the initials for their Italian sub since 1975, calling it “Biggest, Meatiest, Tastiest.” Interestingly at the time, they only had Subway restaurants in Connecticut and Massachusetts, none in New York! We’re fans of this video spotted at Brokelyn by Split Comedy Group, which suggested some new additions to the Subway menu, modeled after NYC transit:
The Drive Change NYC food truck promotes social justice for formerly incarcerated youths while providing amazing maple-based foods. Image via Drive Change.
The first-ever food truck for social change is about to begin its rounds around Manhattan and Brooklyn. According to Brooklyn Based, founder Jordyn Lexton saw an opportunity to promote social empowerment using food trucks. Drive Change NYC trains and employs formerly incarcerated youths in an effort to combat the high rate (66 percent) of youth offenders who return to prison within a year of release. Drive Change’s first truck––Snow Day––is set to launch the first week of November. With goods including maple-drizzled grilled cheese sandwiches and maple-bacon donuts, Snow Day is a truck worth actively searching for.
Gourmet specialty shops in Greenwich Village are par for the course, but few are this specific. The Meadow, an entire shop specializing in salts as well as salted chocolates and bitters, turns selecting the right salt into an art. (more…)
Last night, we rolled through the lobby of Flatiron’s Museum of Sex and into PLAY, a brand new experiential bar with two things on its mind – coitus and cocktails. The press event preceded today’s official opening to the public, and we’re happy to report back that this is quite far from your average Midtown lounge.