NYC Eats: Papaya King

It is a piece of New York history.  I went to the original store in Upper East Side.  I was quite disappointed because this place was just mediocre despite all the hype I read.  It’s just a salty sausage on a toasted but very dry bun.  It is relatively cheap at least.  Come here to taste the history but expect a very regular hot dog, there is nothing impressive here.

My ratings: ❤❤
Price range: $

Jumbo hot dog, with sautéed onions and peppers
Not really that huge in size, I think it’s nearly the same size as a normal sausage.  Bun was very dry.

Franks with Kraut
Frank is better than Jumbo hot dog, but still nothing really that special about it.  Bun is better this time, which makes me realize they are inconsistent with their quality.

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Papaya King
179 East 86th Street, New York, NY, 10028
212 369 0648
www.papayaking.com/

Chain Eats: Peet’s Coffee & Tea

They have a large retail section for coffee beans and tea leaves.  Coffee is good, and the store feels welcoming.  Staffs are friendly and helpful with coffee selections.

My ratings: ❤❤❤❤
Price range: $

Hibiscus Breeze Tea Cooler
A bit too sweet.
Coffee

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Peet’s Coffee & Tea
Various locations.
www.peets.com/

Chain Eats: Mister Softee

Still the creamy soft served ice cream like the ones I had back at home.  Too bad the American Mister Softee doesn’t have music in the ice-cream truck.

My ratings: ❤❤❤❤
Price range: $

Soda float
Didn’t really float.  I heard you need to use diet coke to make the ice cream float.

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Mister Softee
Various locations.
www.mistersoftee.com/

Chain Eats: Emack & Bolio’s

It’s an ice-cream specialty store that originated from Boston.  Their stores are marked with very hippie and colourful artsy decorations.  Price is steep but quality is good here.  Besides ice cream, they also sell ice-cream cakes, chocolate, a variety of decorated waffle cones, smoothies and more.

My ratings: ❤❤❤❤
Price range: $

Mascot

Citrus cooler
Orange juice, lemon sorbet, raspberries, sparkling water
Made with real fruits, and it was very smooth and thick. I’m also glad it’s not oversweet.

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Emack & Bolio’s
Various locations.
www.emackandbolios.com/

Chain Eats: Au Bon Pain

Wasn’t wowed by their pastries, and their store-made drinks were either oversteeped (the iced tea) or it was overly sweet (iced peach tea).  Really not very impressed with the food here but it often appears to be a welcoming choice when you just need a quick bite to go.

My ratings: ❤❤
Price range: $

Strawberry and cheese croissant
The croissant was hard, wasn’t too flaky.  The cheese was watery and flavourless.  I don’t know what kind of cheese it is, it just made me feel like biting into uncooked soggy dough.  At least the strawberry tasted fresh.

Lobster Salad Sandwich
Over 1/4 pound of lobster and mayo in our new buttery croissant
Au Bon Pain originated from Boston so this lobster salad sandwich fit its origin (well it is also available in all stores that’s outside of Boston).  The roll was pretty full of the finely shredded/small chunks of lobster.  There’s a bit too much mayonnaise.  The filling wasn’t too bad in taste but the pastry was disappointing again — cold, somewhat soggy, and just wasn’t flaky.  If the pastry was in better quality this sandwich would taste a lot better.

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Au Bon Pain
Various locations.
www.aubonpain.com/

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