Nathan’s Famous

Restaurants, Hot dogs Coney Island
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Photograph: Alex StradaNathan's Famous at Coney Island
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Photograph: Alex StradaLittleneck clams at Nathan's Famous

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.

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Venue name: Nathan’s Famous
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Address: 1310 Surf Ave
Brooklyn
11224
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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Tastemaker

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. 

tastemaker

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. 

tastemaker

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!