No one can ever take the place of the recently shuttered Greenwich Village Gray’s Papaya. But you can find solace in the fact that the folks at Park Slope’s excellent ecofriendly hot-dog shop are bringing their lard-butter-basted frankfurters to Bleecker Street. The new branch is larger than the home base by about a third. That’s room enough for new items including a take on a green-chile cheeseburger and a brown-butter-pecan shake, plus a DIY “condiment center.” A dedicated line for drinks means getting your fill of the six Sixpoint brews and three Gotham Project wines on tap should be a breeze. And if you’re in the market for a holiday gift for the tubesteak aficionado in your life, take home a jar from the shop’s new line of relishes.
155 Bleecker St., at Thompson St.; 718-789-1939
*This article appears in the December 1, 2014 issue of New York Magazine.