Tom's Coney Island

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 (Photograph: Alex Strada)
Photograph: Alex Strada

Milkshake at Tom's Coney Island

 (Photograph: Alex Strada)
Photograph: Alex Strada

Brisket wrap at Tom's Coney Island

Get a bite of Brooklyn nostalgia at this all-American boardwalk diner. In the old Cha Cha’s space, Jimmy Kokotas debuted this offshoot of his 75-year-old Prospect Heights breakfast standby in September 2012, one month before Hurricane Sandy hit. Luckily for Brooklyn’s egg-cream-loving beachgoers, Tom’s emerged miraculously unscathed, flipping pancakes and burgers less than a week after the storm. The mom-and-pop restaurant—outfitted with photos of vintage Coney Island and cheery-red barstools—does the classics well: Thick-battered onion rings have great crunch; hand-spun shakes (vanilla, chocolate, strawberry, and cookies and cream) are large and luscious; and the brisket wrap has all the sauciness of a double dip, but in a portable, beach-ready package.


Venue name: Tom's Coney Island
Address: 1229 Boardwalk
Coney Island
Cross street: at Stillwell Ave
Opening hours: Mon-Fri 8am-5pm; Sat, Sun 8am-9pm
Transport: Subway: D, F, N, Q to Coney Island–Stillwell Ave
Price: Average main course: $14. AmEx, Disc, MC, V
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