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Nathan’s Famous

Restaurants, Hot dogs Coney Island
5 out of 5 stars
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Nathan's Famous Hot Dogs
Photograph: Virginia RollisonNathan's Famous Hot Dogs
Nathan's Famous Hot Dog Eating Contest
Photograph: Phyllis B. DooneyNathan's Famous Hot Dog Eating Contest
Nathan's Famous Hot Dogs
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Time Out says

The famous frank joint's Surf-and-Stillwell flagship—opened in 1916—grills sizzling hot dogs daily and hosts its iconic, crowd-amassing eating contest every July 4. The original subway tiles and iconic signage are still intact, 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.



Address: 1310 Surf Ave
Cross street: at Stillwell Ave
Transport: Subway: D, F, N, Q to Coney Island–Stillwell Ave
Price: Average hot dog: $3.
Opening hours: Mon–Thu 10am–11pm; Fri 10am-midnight; Sat 9am–midnight; Sun 9am-11pm
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You should know exactly what to expect from the home of the World Hot Dog Eating Contest! It's dirty, greasy, endlessly satisfying all-American fast food and of course you've gotta go for the original hot dog to be enjoyed in the rays parked up on the boardwalk at Coney Island. It's withstood the test of time for good reason. 


Oh Nathan's--it's an experience anyone living in Brooklyn has to have and they do have some of the best hot dogs around.

I make my pilgrimage once a year during the summer, swatting away the crowds and tourists, and it's always worth it. Just do me a favor and don't think you'll be able to eat one after watching the 4th of July hot dog eating contest... you won't. 


Probably the most famous outpost of the chain - it all started here, as much a Coney Island landmark/spectacle as a hot dog stand. Most of the iconic signage is preserved, and the food is memorable, a bit greasy, and fun. The hot dog eating contest happens here, and the crowds, and summer atmosphere are a part of the experience. Expect mob-like lines, and know what you want in advance, the menu is especially extensive at this locale.

What's not to love? THE hotdog place that started it all. Love the hot dogs and the crinkle fries. Gotta try if you haven't already!