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Feb 27, 2012 01:46 PM

OK!!!! Who has the BEST Hot Dogs in Coney Island...... and Knishes?????

When I was a kid in the '50's I would in the summertime eat hot dogs bought along the boardwalk and really enjoyed them .While we did go to Nathans it wasn't considered the best. Has that changed ???

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  1. Its my impression that most of the boardwalk vendors (if not all of them) serve kinda sad, long-sitting, greazy food. I'd go with Nathans if i was looking for a hot dog (though my personal health preferences keep me from doing so).

    Nathan's Famous
    1310 Surf Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11224

    1. Alas, things have changed, and while there were other franks available back then (my era, too), only Nathan's survives as anything worth the trip.

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      1. re: bob96

        I don't think Nathan's is even worth the trip.

        1. re: bob96

          I believe that is the original Nathan's locations. Nathans is worth going to if you are at Coney Island. I wouldn't make the trip just for the Nathan's. The hot dogs and fries are quite good. There are other Nathan's locations in NYC with the same quality. There other great hot dogs to be found in Midtown Manhattan. Papayas comes to mind... The sidewalk vendors are also quite good.

        2. IMHO Nathan's has excellent dogs and their fries are superior.

          1. I.M.H.O. eating a Nathan's dog with french fries and a root beer on the boardwalk is as close to heaven as I may get.
            Back in the day 50's to 70's Nathan's actually had an indoor dining room with waiter service. It was a nice little secret. It was around the side where the picnic tables are now. They took out the dining room to expand the toilets which cost 5 cents back in the day.

            Nathan's Famous
            1310 Surf Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11224

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            1. re: Motosport

              I ate in that dining room many a time and when my mother was busy with the smaller kids I'd sneak into the Freak Show via the back door in the alley across .

              1. re: scunge

                I was afraid of the freak show. The carousel (now gone) with the rings, Cyclone, Wonder Wheel and Bumper cars were a favorite.
                Then again, just sitting on the boardwalk with a Nathan's dog, french fries and a root beer is as close to heaven as I may get.
                It was worth repeating.

            2. A few seasons back I seem to remember that a few of the boardwalk vendors were selling dogs with natural casings, which IMO are superior to what Nathan's serves. (I like a dog with a little snap to it.) I was kind of loyal to the stand on the same block as the Cyclone.

              But with all the real-estate turmoil the place is evolving rapidly and who knows if it is the same, even, as it was in '09 or '10. Really once the warm weather comes back someone will have to do a systematic survey.

              My favorite recent arrival on the boardwalk is actually the Peruvian chicken joint.

              If I were really on a hot dog pilgrimage I'd head elsewhere - Bark Dogs in the Slope (Bergen St., just south of Altantic), Crif Dogs in the East Village & Williamsburg, the italian dog stand in Elizabeth, NJ, even Shake Shack.

              Bark Hot Dogs
              474 Bergen St, Brooklyn, NY 11217

              Crif Dogs
              555 Driggs Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11211

              Shake Shack
              409 Fulton St, Brooklyn, NY 11201

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              1. re: scooter

                Ruby's will be opening again this season! They have the best raw clams and fries, although for hot dogs it must always be Nathans.

                Ruby's Bar & Grill
                1213 Boardwalk W, Brooklyn, NY 11224

                1. re: scooter

                  Bark Dogs is Bergen St between Flatbush and 5th Av!!

                  1. re: Motosport

                    whoops, thanks for correcting. I always confuse Atlantic and Flatbush.

                  2. re: scooter

                    "A few seasons back I seem to remember that a few of the boardwalk vendors were selling dogs with natural casings, which IMO are superior to what Nathan's serves. "

                    Nathan's serves natural casing hot dogs, both at the original location and the satellite locations. In the supermarkets normally only the skinless variety are available but some spots stock Nathan's natural casing as well. (The Key Food on 5th Ave. in Park Slope is an example.)

                    I agree with you - the snap of a natural casing frank is very pleasant. The other difference with Nathan's natural casing dogs is that the spicing is nicely assertive, much better than their skinless dogs.