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Buy New York’s most iconic hot dog for only a nickel

By Tolly Wright
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Those beautiful tubes of meat could be yours for only 5 cents each.

It’s been 100 years since Jewish immigrant Nathan Handwerker started selling his hot dogs, made with his wife Ida’s special, secret recipe, for a nickel-a-dog on the corner of Coney Island’s Stillwell and Surf Avenues. Hardwerker’s hard work paid of with an entire sausage empire. Today, a century later, his legacy, Nathan’s Famous, lives on, with locations across the city slinging hot dogs, chili dogs, cheese dogs, chili cheese dogs, fries, cheese fries, chili fries and other non dog and fry menu items (though still heavily featuring cheese and chili). The flagship location is also the home to what is perhaps the world’s most beloved hot dog eating contest, where people from around the world compete to see who can swallow the most of these greasy, hot beauties in one sitting without throwing up. 

To celebrate the milestone birthday on May 28th, from 11am to 2pm, the original Coney Island location is serving up a beefy deal: Nathan’s original dogs for the original $0.05 price tag. In case you're wondering, that's a whole $3.90 less than the going price on any dumb, old regular day. 

As an added bonus May 28th is also the first day of the beach is open for the season, which means you can take your dog for a walk to the ocean or, if it's too cold, hit up Luna Park. Unfortunately, the rest of the sea-side neighborhood is sticking to regular 2016 prices, but, then again, maybe riding the Coney Island Cyclone for its 1927 admission price (25 cents) on repeat, wouldn’t be recommended after you inevitably try to break your own hot dog eating record.

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