Restaurant Review: Gray’s Papaya

Details: Located at 612 8th Ave, New York, NY 10018. Official site is http://grayspapaya.nyc/

Gray’s Papaya is arguably the cheapest hot dog in Manhattan. It’s $1.25 for a hot dog and you can get ketchup, mustard, onions, or sauerkraut on it. Cheese and chili are fifty cents extra for each. Can’t really criticize something this cheap. Their hot dogs taste fine. They also have those juice drinks that taste artificial. The drink is probably not worth it.

Score: 7/10

Restaurant Review: Dog Haus Biergarten

Details: Located at 969 Ninth Ave, San Diego, CA 92101. The official site is http://doghaus.com/

Came here for lunch one afternoon. I had the Scott Baioli (smoked bacon, white american cheese, garlic aioli, caramelized onions) with a side of tater tots. It was all right. I like that they used a split top bun versus your average. The tater tots were average.

I think more important than the food was the space. There were benches and televisions everywhere. It’s a comfortable space great for hanging out. The bartender was also really nice.

Overall, I enjoyed the place. It’s a good place to just relax, hang out, and have a few drinks.

Score: 6/10

Restaurant Review: Frankie’s Dogs on the Go

Details: Located at the Dining Concourse at Grand Central Terminal, 23 Vanderbilt Avenue, New York, NY 10017. Official site is http://frankiesdogs.com/

If you were thinking that there’d be something special about this hot dog place, you’d be wrong. It’s just ordinary hot dogs, priced a little higher than average. Maybe not higher than Nathan’s, but it’s not cheap. Around $5 to $10 for a hot dog. I don’t recommend this place.

Score: 3.5/10

Restaurant Review: Shake Shack

Details: Located at Madison Square Park, Madison Ave & E.23rd St, New York, NY 10010, among other locations. Official site is https://www.shakeshack.com/

Shake Shack has long since become an institution in Manhattan. Many people claim that it is the best burger in New York City. I don’t think it’s the best, but it is pretty good and it’s always fun to head out to Washington Square Park and have a burger on a sunny day.

There are multiple locations for Shake Shack and deciding which one is the best is debatable. The best Shake Shack burger I ever had was in the Upper West Side location on 77th Street. Unfortunately, they serve the skinny, un-rippled fries which are pretty lousy. Accordingly, the best Shake Shack in my opinion would be the one in Washington Square Park because they have the crispy rippled fries I prefer. The burger are pretty decent there as well and they have the Park Burger exclusively at this location. It’s nothing extraordinary, just a burger with bacon and cheese sauce.

I enjoy everything on their menu. The Shack Burger, the Shack-cago Dog, the Frozen Custard, it’s all good. It is more expensive than McDonald’s, but it’s appropriately priced considering the demand this city has for Shake Shack.

Score: 7.8/10 Good place for a burger and to hang out. Just prepare yourself for the lines. There are always lines for this place and you will usually wait around thirty minutes to an hour if you go during peak times.