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||Contact:|
1310 Surf Ave
|Cross street:||at Stillwell Ave|
|Opening hours:||Sun–Thu 9am–11pm, Fri and Sat 9am–midnight|
|Transport:||Subway: D, F, N, Q to Coney Island–Stillwell Ave|
|Price:||Average hot dog: $3. Cash only|
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