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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Julie S

Located right on the Coney Island boardwalk, Tom’s Coney Island is the perfect place to grab a bite while enjoying all of the surroundings. They have been family owned and operated since 1936. There is a large seating area inside including stools at the counter or several seats outside. If you are lucky you can snag an outside seat, so you can people watch on the boardwalk. Tom’s has the typical stick to your ribs diner food like omelets, burgers, appetizers, wraps, sandwiches and much more.  For those who are vegetarian, there is a delicious veggie burger bursting with vegetables. As expected, portions are quite large.