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Nathan's Famous

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Nathan's Famous at Coney Island

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Littleneck clams at Nathan's Famous

Coney Island
The famous frank joint’s reopening in the spring of 2013 wasn’t just the unofficial start to summer—it was the comeback of the year. The Surf-and-Stillwell flagship—opened in 1916—was under six feet of floodwater just a few months earlier, and also fell victim to a fire this past May, but the warhorse trudged on, firing up the grills for sizzling hot dogs just in time for Memorial Day. The original subway tiles and iconic signage are back, as are menu staples like crinkle-cut fries and thick-battered corn dogs, but there’s one shiny “new” addition: a curbside clam bar, a revival of the restaurant’s raw bar from the ’50s. East Coast oysters and littlenecks are shucked per order over a mountain of ice, served with chowder crackers, lemon wedges, sinus-clearing horseradish and cocktail sauce.
Venue name: Nathan's Famous
Address: 1310 Surf Ave
Brooklyn
11224
Cross street: at Stillwell Ave
Venue phone: 718-333-2202
Website: http://nathansfamous.com
Opening hours: Mon–Thu, Sun 8am–midnight; Fri, Sat 8am–2am
Transport: Subway: D, F, N, Q to Coney Island–Stillwell Ave
Price: Average hot dog: $3. Cash only
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