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Hot dogs at Gray's Papaya

Lately I've been pondering the question: How many delicious things can you buy for a dollar these days?

There are the dumpling places in Chinatown that offer five dumplings for a dollar. Over the weekend I went to a relatively new one near Hester Street, Prosperity Dumpling. They're not the greatest dumplings you've ever had, but hey, they cost twenty cents apiece. You can't even buy a pack of gum for that anymore.

Also in Chinatown there is Jumbo Hot Dog, a kiosk located on Canal Street just east of Bowery right where all the cheap buses leave for Boston and Washington. It is truly an oversized all beef, skinless hot dog. Cheap, yes. Filling, yes. Delicious, no.

I didn't search out a great pork bun, but I'm sure there are a couple to be had, and they most certainly would cost less than a dollar.

Probably the best thing I can think of that you can buy for a dollar in this town is a Gray's Papaya hot dog. 95 cents for a not jumbo at all hot dog with mustard and sauerkraut. I ask for it well-done, but they never listen to me. Unlike Jumbo Hot Dog in Chinatown, the Gray's dog has the natural casing that gives all great hot dogs their characteristic snap.

But that's not much of a list. I would like to come up with ten delicious things you can buy in New York for under a dollar. Can anybody help me out here?

Prosperity Dumpling

Address: 46 Eldridge Street, New York, NY 10002 (b/n Canal and Hester; map)
Phone: 212-343-0683

Jumbo Hot Dog

Address: Canal Street and Bowery (map)

Gray's Papaya

Address: 402 6th Avenue, New York, NY 10011 (near 8th; map)
539 8th Avenue, New York, NY 10018 (near West 37th; map)
2090 Broadway, New York, NY 10023 (b/n 71st and 72nd; map)
Phone: 212-260-3532, 212-904-1588, 212-799-0243

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