Must-See Coney Island
by nycgo.com staff, 05/28/2013
Photo: Julienne Schaer
Original: 1310 Surf Ave., 718-946-2202
Boardwalk: 1205 Boardwalk
Ah, Nathan's: home to some of the world's favorite hot dogs and host of its most famous eating competition, the Fourth of July Hot Dog Eating Contest, during which superhuman competitors—who train and strategize relentlessly—try to eat as many as possible in 10 short minutes (see our roundup of weird sporting events for more details). Founded in 1916 by Polish immigrant Nathan Handwerker, Nathan's Famous is an enduring testament to New York City's multicultural tradition, its culinary prowess and its sense of fun. It's not all about hot dogs, either—the french fries and clams are popular choices as well. You can even buy frog's legs at the Surf Avenue location, if you dare. Just make the right choice and save the meal for after you ride the Cyclone. The original restaurant was damaged by Hurricane Sandy but reopened in time for Memorial Day weekend.