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Nathan's Yonkers You won't miss me 'till I'm gone

Why do we eschew a national treasure? Nathan's is a landmark worthy mid-century modern masterpiece. Sign up for the monthly coupon emails for hot dog/burger two for one's +$.50. They are delicious. Enjoy brilliant innovations like a single queuing line for ordering from the trendy associates. Mingle with the stylish slot machine crowd. Love the fries.

Sadly the long rumored end is near. The coming soon CVS and new Nathan's real estate sign is up. Goodbye to an era. Gone the way of Oceanside.

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  1. When is it closing? The hot dogs are available lots of places, but only Yonkers has those GREAT saute onions!!

    BTW, I thought Oceanside was still there, but much smaller.

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    1. re: lemarais

      I head that a few ago that they were demolishing the old nathans and putting up a strip mall with nathans at the end. First the ordinal carvel and now nathans. Used to walk there after school for a hot dog and their great french fries and the video games. sad!!

    2. That is so sad. It should have landmark status. Who needs another CVS!

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      1. re: wincountrygirl

        CVS is really overreaching. We have two of them right here in Fleetwood (and their big location totally displaced our -- admittedly rotten -- A & P). The only problem is that now no decent supermarket can move in. It isn't the first time a CVS displaced my supermarket either. it happened to us in Conshohocken PA! It seems to be their mission to destroy all supermarkets. And now this.

        1. re: jcmods

          I think you're blaming the wrong party there. I doubt that CVS is getting the supermarket tossed out. Much more likely that the supermarket decided to close the store because it's smaller than they find profitable these days (although in the case of A&P, that could be said about any store), leaving the store vacant. The only stores interested in moving into something that size are drug stores (CVS, Walgreens).

          If the new stores did not make money, they would not be building them.

          1. re: MisterBill2

            Of course I am, but still, can't we blame our NEW style of life on corporate America. Think about it, WHO advertises on the Even News programs? "May cause dizziness, or thoughts of suicide, dry mouth, back pain, rectal-octol-itis, blindness, bitchiness in most women, early puberty, and your johnson may fall off"
            Government really only needs to jump in form imminent death! Yea trans-fats are bad but those Nathan's fries from the early and mod 70's are the real deal!

        2. re: wincountrygirl

          We need another CVS like a Moose needs a Hat Rack!

        3. When is this closing happening? Nothing anywhere about this on the web...(Except this thread!)

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          1. re: lemarais

            The work is supposed to start any day now. I heard it from the contractor that's doing the work.

          2. That's very sad. The original one in Oceanside which was massive was one of the great things about growing up in Long Island. The hot dogs, the corn on the cob, the Sunday kid shows they
            put on, the big game room. It was a great place to go.

            1. I honestly believe that if whoever runs that Nathan's cleaned the place and got better ventilation it would bring in so much more business. I was there last summer and the greasy air was unbearable. Management must not care too much... they could have a goldmine if they really wanted one.

              1. oh no!!!!!! I am so saddened by this! We grew up going there-eating and then going to game room if we finished our dinner. Isnt there a CVS in the next strip mall over? That sucks!

                1. I wonder what happened to the original plan to develop the site? BTW I think that it is insane to raze the building.

                  http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/768380

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                  1. re: chowdom

                    Really think it should be a landmark - first Adventurer's then Nathans. So many memories - when it was Adventurer's they had great pastrami and corned beef. And I went to many a birthday party in that game room. I grew up there...........

                    1. re: wincountrygirl

                      I lived close by too and remember those days... Sunday mornings I would go to Tanglewood deli with my grandfather to pick up whitefish, lox, smoked sable, cream cheese...later on it was Nathans for all the great food items you mentioned. Adventuer's and Horn and Hardart when in the CC area. Good old Yonkers... in addition to many other incredible structures they allowed the Carnegie Library on Yonkers Avenue to be razed. I doubt Nathan's has a chance. The fact that a CVS will be replacing it makes it that much more painful and I don't really understand since there is already a CVS in the Tanglewood shopping center. Will it be a CVS across the street from a CVS!

                      1. re: chowdom

                        Thanks, chowdom. One of the other posters down the thread said, "the hot dogs and fries. Nothing else is special or memorable at Nathan's." Many posters are emphasizing its really gone downhill in recent years. But chowdom, you helped me get back to the "glory days" and in my nostaligic cavern of a brain, I appreciate it! I had not thought about "Adventurers" in years! And don't get me started on Horn & Hardart or the CC area. "Good old Yonkers." Memories of a Nathans hot dog after an evening at Yonkers Raceway. I have good food memories of landmarks up and down Central Avenue and into Getty Square. Even Hubies Hamburgers in the Chauncey area, Saw Mill River Parkway, etc.

                        Now, many years in Florida. The Nathan's counters on the Florida Turnpike do not hearken to my Yonkers memories, even if their dogs are passable. BTW, we have more than our share of CVS's around Florida, too!

                        1. re: Florida Hound

                          That's what we're talking about - not the Nathans' that is there now, but when it was Adventurer's and the old Nathans. Adventurers had great pastrami and corned beef and I wish they could just clean up the space now and preserve the landmark that is so much a part of the history of the area, and of those of us that grew up in the area.

                          1. re: Florida Hound

                            Florida Hound you should enjoy these , they will certainly bring back memories included are long lost dining establishments... just click on the photos

                            http://www.facebook.com/YonkersNyandW...

                            1. re: chowdom

                              If you look closely, I think I was on that Tally Ho Coach in front of the Getty House, 1876. 2nd from the left... [not.]
                              Chowdom, you pressed some buttons with that link. Thanks much. I am posting this on 11/24/12, as you folks in Yonkers make your way over to get your last Nathan's in the "real place" (dingy or otherwise).

                            2. re: Florida Hound

                              Glad to see that there wers some photos of Landi's wedges on that page. I have very fond of them.

                            3. re: chowdom

                              Wow, Tanglewood deli. There's a name I haven't heard in 20 years. Same as you, I remember going there on weekend mornings with my dad to pick up lox and whitefish.

                              Loved that Nathan's too.

                              1. re: VealParmGuy

                                omg!! tanglewood deli!! spent my entire young life going there on sunday mornings to pick our bagels, lox, etc...to bring home after we dropped of my grandfather's bagels, lox, whitefish, chubs, etc... memories!!!!! did we cross paths, vealparmguy?

                                1. re: MRS

                                  Yep, Lox and Bagels with my dad too. We lived on Patton Drive. I used to ride my bike down Crisfield and lock it up along the the East side Railing after school and hang out. We'd go in and have a 25 cent slice of pizza and play games. About 15 years ago, I found out that the owners son who owned the property and ran the gameroom also owns the New Rock City games. This guy turns out to be my age, and we knew each other in the 70's. WOW. "It's a small world,,, But I wouldn't want to paint it"

                              2. re: chowdom

                                Tanglewood Deli... my little sister hung out with the Tanglewood Boys, a feeder group for the local Family, back in the late 70's/early '80's. She dated one of the guys who hung out with that crew for awhile when she was in high school. My friends used to go there occasionally to hang out, but after awhile it became too much of a rowdy scene. A good fight now and then was ok, but then the boys started carry pipes and bats, and worse, and a few other guys got seriously injured, so I stayed away.

                                1. re: JMF

                                  like the notorious Tanglewood Boys?

                                  1. re: MRS

                                    Yup, back then they were just called The Boys, and they were, just teens my age and a few years younger. They were the older brothers of what became known later on as the Tanglewood Boys. The Tanglewood Deli is in the Tanglewood Shopping Center and that's where they hung out. Among other places.

                                    1. re: JMF

                                      I could name names....but I won't
                                      I never hung out there but growing up in northeast Yonkers, it was six degrees of separation
                                      I still remember the names of the higher profile guys spanning 3 decades. Early childhood years in the 60's through the 70's and 80's.

                                      1. re: chowdom

                                        Sounds like we were around at the same time. I had lots of friends with that handful of last names.

                                        1. re: JMF

                                          I know who you mean. I'm younger, but I know exactly who you mean...one was a neighbor of my grandfather's. one dated a girl at my school.

                                          Back to the topic at hand...I loved all the goodies we used to pick up on Sunday am's.

                              3. re: wincountrygirl

                                I just heard the store will be closing November 24th.

                                1. re: wincountrygirl

                                  ME TOO, on Patton,,, did we ever fool around :)

                              4. We love Nathan's. I grew up right near the one in Oceanside and my friends and I spent many a Saturday eating there and playing games in the game room. Our parents would drop us off with pockets full of quarters.

                                We sometimes go to the one in Yonkers with our kids and I will be sad to see it go.

                                Every year for about the past 8 years on Christmas Day, my husband and I have been taking our kids to Nathan's in Coney Island and to the NY Aquarium. (We don't celebrate Christmas and not much else is open!) The Aquarium was severely damaged during the hurricane and now I just read this on Nathan's Facebook page:

                                "The original Nathan’s located at Surf and Stillwell Avenues encountered severe water damage. The restaurant will not re-open soon. We are assessing the damages and planning the necessary work so that we may re-open the restaurant at the earliest possible time."

                                I feel so bad!

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                                1. re: valerie

                                  We are members so I knew about the damage to the Aquarium, but I never even thought about Nathan's. It is iconic and Coney Island just won't be Coney Island as far as I am concerned, without it. That is a great way to spend Christmas day and a nice alternative to Chinatown.

                                2. so sad, I will never forget how excited I was as a kid for my parents to bring me to Nathans, good food and then time to hit that awesome game room :(

                                  1. Well, frankly, the Nathan's in Yonkers today is a dingy, barely-clean place with none of the menu items carried over from the Nathan's of our memories. The bathrooms are disgusting. So really, there's little of the memories of the past remaining there, anyway. No clams on the half shell, no fabulous homemade clam chowder, no corn on the cob.

                                    We don't need a CVS (all ripoffs, but that's for a different board) but if we are going to get a modern, clean Nathan's here that's OK. Hope they continue the saute onions.

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                                    1. re: lemarais

                                      I remember in Oceanside they had clams, corn on the cob, pizza. 1960s. Before that it was names Roadside Rest. Mom told me they had ballroom dancing there in the 1940s. We need more CVS's because we use them. Let's face it, Westchester is getting older, fatter, and sicker.

                                    2. Obviously, not too many Chowhounders are newspaper readers. The current site is 10K sq feet and is being torn down, but there will (some say within a year) be a new 3500 sq ft location built.

                                      I also think fond memories lead to clouded judgement. Fights in the arcade, drag racing and tons of domestic disputes are what I remember in the late eighties-early nineties. In the last 10 years, the quality of their product is awful in comparison to the Coney Island location. A better hot dog, bun and onions can be had by the truck on Bronx River Road. I refuse to eat Nathan's unless I'm in Coney Island. As a Brooklynite, I can tell you, that this place was always rubbish as far as the food was concerned

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                                      1. re: jhopp217

                                        I grew up in Sheepshead Bay and had family up here. I totally disagree that the food at the Yonkers Nathan's was always rubbish. In the 70s, this Nathan's was a mecca and the selection and quality of the food was fabulous. Yes, it has declined substantially, but it was once great.

                                        1. re: jhopp217

                                          No need to imply that chowhounders do not read newspapers just because we did not know about the plans for the new location. It is impossible to follow all the news of all the papers all the time. Major leap and insulting.

                                          And I also disagree that the food was bad. Some remember the place had good food. Some like yourself feel like it did not. It is all subjective.

                                          1. re: jhopp217

                                            jhopp is right. the food has been terrible for the last ten years. so what if it was "once great" it's not our fault it's declined, it's the fault of ownership and management. they are the only people to be upset with.

                                            the street racing still goes on and it has nothing to do with Nathans btw it just happens to be a huge open parking lot and the primary location is over by Kohls

                                            1. re: ryanallday

                                              I think the point of contention is saying that the "food has always been rubbish." Untrue. No one is arguing that the food has been subpar since the 90s. If you were there in '75, you would've walked in to be greeted by an in-house bakery, a huge deli counter, a seafood counter with a raw bar and boiled lobsters, and some awesome old-school arcade attractions. If your only point of reference is from the 90s and onward, you wouldn't understand.

                                            1. Let's face it, the Yonkers Nathans is a dump. Dingy, dirty, nauseating rest rooms, horrible. The food? Well, Nathans hot dogs are the same. Fries are great. The rest? Dicey. Let's hope for a nice, modern, spanking clean new space for Nathan's here. I mean, it's the hot dogs and fries. Nothing else is special or memorable at Nathans.

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                                              1. re: lemarais

                                                If you want to preserve nostalgia, nothing beats a million dollars and a scrub brush. NOTHING stays the same.

                                              2. A New York Times article, 2001, that overviews the "charmless strip mall" history of Central Avenue, mentions Nathan's.
                                                Link: http://www.nytimes.com/2001/03/31/nyr...

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                                                1. re: Florida Hound

                                                  That is a fascinating article...so many of the stores mentioned are no longer around, and neither are the restaurants--the original Carvel, Mont Parnasse Diner, Pizza and Brew.
                                                  Thank you for sharing it!

                                                  1. re: iluvcookies

                                                    Progress! progress! progress! An obvious oxymoron when you are talking about Central Avenue. (And I'm just down here in Florida getting homesick for it all.)

                                                    1. re: iluvcookies

                                                      Pizza and Brew is supposed to be reopening, all renovated and with new staff. I saw an ad for people in the classifieds of the newspaper.

                                                      1. re: marfood

                                                        It will be opening as Racanelli's New York Italian. And from what I've seen it will look nothing like the old Pizza and Brew.
                                                        http://www.racanellisnewyorkitalian.com/

                                                        1. re: iluvcookies

                                                          I walked by Pizza and Brew last night and snapped a qick pic. I am so impressed that someone had the idea to keep and incorporate into the decor several of the original red and white striped stool cushions, they can't be seen in this photo unfortunately.

                                                           
                                                          1. re: chowdom

                                                            Has it opened? Wow... I need to pass by and have a look.

                                                            1. re: iluvcookies

                                                              I poked my head in today and was told they will be opening tomorrow, Monday. I comented on how nice the place looked and the person I was speaking with said " wait until you see the menu" when I asked to see it he said no, lol.

                                                    2. re: Florida Hound

                                                      GREAT story bringing back a lot of memories! I used to work in Epstein's Deli across from Caldor which was Floyd's. I remember Patricia Murphy's, we'd eat at the Italian Village across from the Race track. I use to go there for Veal Parm. As my memory serve me, It was the BEST. Cruising on Central was fantastic as soon as we got our Junior Licenses'. We'd loop through the Crestwood Apartments and end up at Nathans. I wish I had a time machine!

                                                      1. re: DWeiss

                                                        And even your post brought back memories. So typical of the time, where you said "...and end up at Nathans." Didn't we all? :) No wonder this thread has so many of us commenting. The place was really a piece of our lives.

                                                        1. re: Florida Hound

                                                          VERY much so, from Kline's, to Fudrucker's, Tanglewood Deli, Ricky's clam house, and the dozens of stores with owners that lived in our neighborhoods. There is little value in corporate america and it's sad. I'm glad we lived through these moments. I went to Roosevelt HS, and used to go to Carlos for a slice for lunch. There was a old bakery in that shopping center with a lady who must have been 90. Well, my mother would buy Ruggulah and she'd always try to slip in a prune danish which no one ever liked. Mom would always catch her! So it's these great memories that have so much meaning. I remember going over to Walbaum's in Eastchester with my mother. This is how I learned about buying meat. Her grand father was a butcher and taught her how to pick out the perfect steak. I have passed on this to mu kids. These are the things that you have to keep alive. Will our kids cherish going to Shoprite, and then McDonald's, or to the Mall. How can anyone ever lock on to a moment?

                                                          1. re: DWeiss

                                                            I went to Roosevelt as well, during the late 70's. Did the hot rod cruising on Central with my '69 Roadrunner or '70 Challenger, racing from light to light; and sometimes on my motorcycle as well. Stopping by Nathans for a dog and fries, and to pick up girls at the arcade and take them for a ride up Central or for a Bronx run and back, or down to the Wedge Inn to race for those of us with serious machines. Stopping by South Seas for a Mai Tai or Hunan Village for a Zombie. Late night with a cooler full of beers and Boones Farm in the trunk, plus a bottle of Jack or Jim. Cranking up tunes on the 8 track or Cassette player, then WAPP on the stereo when it hit the scene.

                                                    3. Sure, there is a lot of nostalgia about the old Nathan's/Adventurers Inn. But you don't need a dingy decrepit old building to remember the old place. And, like I said, as far as today's food at Nathan's, the only things worth eating are the hot dogs and fries.

                                                      1. Passed by Nathan's earlier today and the demolition has already begun. Sad...

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                                                            1. re: foodiemom10583

                                                              Argh! I haven't driven by in a few days. That is heartbreaking.

                                                              1. re: JMF

                                                                Sorry Foodiemom and JMF I feel the same way...

                                                        1. While driving by the other day I noticed a hot dog truck with Sabrett's on its awning, parked on Central Ave right outside Nathan's. No one buying anything. Then as I drove past the parking lot there was a Nathan's Hot dog truck in the middle of the lot with about 20 people on line.

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                                                          1. re: JMF

                                                            What is a "Nathan's hot dog truck"??

                                                            1. re: lemarais

                                                              Exactly That. A huge hot dog truck, about 50% larger than the norm, painted Nathan's yellow and green with the Nathan's logo/name painted in huge letters, selling griddled Nathan's hot dogs.

                                                              1. re: JMF

                                                                Is this truck run by the Nathan's Yonkers folks? Corporate owned? Sounds good! Is it going to be there for the duration of the construction?

                                                                1. re: lemarais

                                                                  I do not have answers for any of those questions.

                                                            2. I was at the auction last week and was told that the Nathan's hot dog truck will be in the parking lot during the renovation.

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                                                              1. re: RangerRick

                                                                RENOVATION? looks more like rubbleization

                                                                1. re: 51rich

                                                                  Just started. Check back in 6 months.

                                                              2. Passed by last week, and the new building is up. No sign of a temporary truck stand to get hot dogs. (I guess it's gone?)

                                                                Anyone know the projected opening schedule?

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                                                                1. re: lemarais

                                                                  Surprised that a topic that generated so much discussion last year had no responses last week.

                                                                  Anybody know the schedule for the reopening?

                                                                2. It's still going to be awhile. They just started construction on one part of the interior. But since that section is painted in Nathan's colors it looks like that will be the first part to open.

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                                                                  1. re: JMF

                                                                    Strange how there not much news about the renovation. The original story stated it would take a year . That was in November.

                                                                    1. re: liza219

                                                                      seems to be right on that timeline.

                                                                      1. re: JMF

                                                                        I just saw something saying that they are hiring for this location so it must be opening relatively soon.

                                                                  2. What happened to the hot dog truck in the parking lot that they promised would be there until re opening?

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                                                                    1. re: lemarais

                                                                      It was there until a few weeks ago, but I haven't seen it recently.

                                                                    2. Looks like they will be opening some time soon. Hiring ad on craigslist
                                                                      http://newyork.craigslist.org/wch/fbh...

                                                                      1. Nathan's went to hell when they stopped using trans fat oil for their fries. THAT was the end. If there was ONE place on earth that should have been exempt, it should have been Nathan's.
                                                                        End of story, oh and the dogs got thinner, and prices went up. Grey's Papaya too. No more 50 cents, and thinner dogs. Owners just need to make a killing profit at the cost of quality.

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                                                                          1. re: lemarais

                                                                            Still hiring and finishing construction.

                                                                            1. re: lemarais

                                                                              I was in the area today and drove into the parking lot. There is a sign on the door that states they will be opening on Monday November 18th.

                                                                              1. re: chowdom

                                                                                I saw employees inside and the lights on around 6pm today.

                                                                                1. re: JMF

                                                                                  Yes, when I looked in they were cooking as well... training is going at full speed

                                                                                  1. re: chowdom

                                                                                    My friend was keen on playing a video game called World Series '98 that Nathan's had in that lugubrious arcade. We drove up last year just for that reason, and found that it had been knocked down, with a food truck in its place. So, we went to that Korean restaurant by the Greek diner and called it 3/4 of a wash.

                                                                                    Now that they are re-opening, the question is, will the arcade return too? The hot dog nuggets are sickeningly good and all, but that was only place in the Tri-State area where the Mets did well...

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                                                                                    1. re: BuildingMyBento

                                                                                      I don't know if the arcade will return, but I can tell you that if it does, it will be with all new games. All of the previous arcade games were auctioned off when Nathan's was demolished last year. I guess the Mets' woes continue.

                                                                                      1. re: RangerRick

                                                                                        Thanks for the reply, RangerRick. Where are the rest of the Nathan's in southern Westchester? The Westchester mall, and that's it?

                                                                                        No kidding about the games.

                                                                                      2. re: BuildingMyBento

                                                                                        No arcade. It's just a fast food joint.

                                                                              2. re: DWeiss

                                                                                Funny. Some good things we have to give up for our health. Trans fat and DDT!

                                                                              3. DWeiss: Nathan's is just doing what just about every company in America does. Give you less product!

                                                                                Remember when a coffee container in the supermarket was 1 pound? Now it's usually 10 or 11 oz. Kleenex? used to be 200 count, now it's justover 150. Same with bathroom tissue, Ivory soap, cereals, EVERYTHING.

                                                                                Nathan's still makes a damn good hot dog, grilled to perfection, and their fries are very unique.

                                                                                Hope it opens again SOON!

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                                                                                1. re: lemarais

                                                                                  Yep, 2 cents plain is $1.50 now! I remember the Mobil station at the corner of Central and Fort Hill Road, (diagonally across from BEFORE there was a Mt. Olympus Diner). They had the old Pegasus Mobil sign, and gas was 21 cents. OMG! After that my dad would swing around to the car wash and I would sit inside as it went through the tunnel. It's amazing how many memories from being 6 or 7 comes flooding back. I saw Goldfinger and Thunderball at the Central Plaza Cinema when they had a Balcony, It was the biggest screen I ever saw. Our kids now have an iPhone and have no idea what a 45 is. Or channels 2 through 13. Show them am 8 track and they'll look at you with 2 heads. I think I owned Sgt. Pepper on 33, 8-track, cassette, CD, and now I have the entire Beatles Library (remastered and uncompressed) on a USB drive. I think Yoko can buy us ALL Hot Dogs at the new Nathan's.

                                                                                  1. re: DWeiss

                                                                                    I was a few years behind you, but I remember sitting in the balcony at CPC seeing The Godfather, The Excorcist, American Graffiti, Soylent Green, and The Sting. A a few years later when I think they carved the place up into smaller theaters was when I saw Star Wars, Close Encounters, and many more there.

                                                                                2. Doesn't look like any room for an arcade-- the old one dated back from the 50s, and these types are anachronistic for our times. Better off with Wifi!

                                                                                  Also, as far as other Nathan's, the Yonkers one is the only Corporate-owned location. Even at the old Yonkers place the dogs seemed to be better than the mall concession stand ones.

                                                                                  Can't wait for the reopening!

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                                                                                  1. re: lemarais

                                                                                    AND THE EXCITEMENT BUILDS!
                                                                                    (I am a displaced yonkers nathans fan, now in Florida for 1,000 years, and I am enjoying these posts from afar.)

                                                                                    1. re: Florida Hound

                                                                                      If you go back that far with it, like me, you preferred it as Adventurer's Inn.

                                                                                      1. re: addictedtolunch

                                                                                        Of course! Adventurer's Inn, and we called the street "Central Ave" without the "Park" in the middle-- and there were very few strip malls and hi rises on the side of the road. Patricia Murphy's, HoJos with those fried clams, and an Italian restaurant whose name escapes me.

                                                                                        1. re: lemarais

                                                                                          And the Aunt Jemima pancake house. And Mazels (best onion rings ever).

                                                                                          1. re: lemarais

                                                                                            Are you thinking of Luigi's
                                                                                            Adventurers Central Ave.
                                                                                            Tanglewood shopping center
                                                                                            across (Crisfield St.) from it.

                                                                                             
                                                                                             
                                                                                            1. re: chowdom

                                                                                              Is that an actual shot, or from the Flamingo Kid?

                                                                                              1. re: addictedtolunch

                                                                                                Not Luigi's... Also remember The French Chef on Broadway with baked stuffed clams, a novelty back then.

                                                                                                1. re: addictedtolunch

                                                                                                  I found it on one of the Yonkers FB pages, the person that posted it
                                                                                                  said he took it...

                                                                                            2. re: addictedtolunch

                                                                                              When a Chowhound mentioned "Adventurers Inn" sometime back, it hit me like a ton of bricks that I had not thought about that part of the property's history in years. It struck quite a nostalgic chord, as it sounds like it has for you, too.

                                                                                              1. re: Florida Hound

                                                                                                Had a birthday party there in like '60 or so, in the little room fronting Central. And the mosaic floor with the logo of the kid dressed as a pirate was still there on the Nathans patio area all the way into the late '80s. But you know what I remember most? How jammed up it was at the light at Tuckahoe road to even go up to Central Avenue before they built the overpass there.

                                                                                                1. re: addictedtolunch

                                                                                                  Before the underpass, Tuckahoe Rd. and Central Avenue:
                                                                                                  Carlo's is down on the right next to the square building with the pointy roof that was once a bank and now a DD. Carlo's was one of I think only two
                                                                                                  businesses that survived it.

                                                                                                   
                                                                                                  1. re: chowdom

                                                                                                    Those were the days when the Nathan's did clams on the half shell and fabulous, homemade Manhattan Clam Chowder!

                                                                                                    1. re: lemarais

                                                                                                      The new Central Avenue store does have a few of the fried seafood items, like shrimp and clams, as well as both Manhattan and New England clam chowder.

                                                                                                    2. re: chowdom

                                                                                                      carlo's was awesome!! I loved when my father would take us there!!

                                                                                                  1. re: DWeiss

                                                                                                    wasn't it the best??? My father grew up on the yonkers/bronxville border...family business on Pondfield. Spent my whole life in all those landmarks spots mentioned above but I'm a bit behind the other posters.

                                                                                            3. Anyone go to the grand opening today? Did they keep those grilled onions as a condiment?

                                                                                              Any clams on the half shell (har har)?

                                                                                              1. Anybody been to the New Nathan's yet?

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                                                                                                1. re: lemarais

                                                                                                  tried it the second day, be sure to check on-line for coupons before going- hot dogs$ 3.69 each, i had a coupon for limit of 2 @$.99 each. the biggest change is that, while nice it is designed to get you in and out. they do now give you numbers and bring the food to you, but there is still a condiment table that you have to go to, so i don't see any real advantage except employing more ppl.- no bad thing these days- they had the same burgers, hot dogs, chicken and seafood- no real changes except not a hangout .

                                                                                                  1. re: 51rich

                                                                                                    It's soulless, we walked out and left our food untouched after sending the dogs back twice they still couldn't produce a well done hot dog.
                                                                                                    The Nathans or Route 6 is a lot nicer.

                                                                                                  2. re: lemarais

                                                                                                    Yes, I replied to your "clam chowder" post above.

                                                                                                  3. "Well Done" hot dogs? Hot dogs are already cooked right out of the package, so I'm not sure what you mean by well done, unless you mean burnt on the outside... Being a fast food operation it's not surprising that they had difficulty accommodating such a request...

                                                                                                    Do they still have those wonderful sauteed onions at the condiment table?

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                                                                                                    1. re: lemarais

                                                                                                      it used to be that they had some on the griddle for a longer time- darker more snap and yes more well done, way back yonder in the distant past they even used to grill the buns (routinely). and yes they still have the onions on the condiment table

                                                                                                    2. I signed up for Nathan's coupons by email. 2 hot dogs $.99 each. The new Nathan's is very clean and well run. Great fries. It also has a drive through.

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                                                                                                      1. re: Barrels41

                                                                                                        The new place is a very uncomfortable place. Horrible lighting, cold, very loud/noisy, and annoying. Also the food is not anywhere near as good. Limp fries on my two visits, and the hot dogs were terrible. Poor quality, poorly prepared, and the onions and kraut tasted terrible.

                                                                                                        1. re: JMF

                                                                                                          I thought it was good. My co workers did too. Soon Ben's deli will open and be a good if pricier alternative.

                                                                                                      2. I disagree with JMF, new place is spiffy and clean, all new seating, new booths. Worlds above the old dingy place. Hot dogs are the same great product, fries are unique and great, and the onions are very tasty and homemade.

                                                                                                        The only issue I have is the long wait for the bus folks to bring the food. You order and then get a number, like in the burger joints, and then they bring you your order. The couple of times I went it took over 10 minutes. They should go back to just giving you the food at the lane where you ordered it, as is pro forma at most Nathan's.

                                                                                                        1. My most recent visit, my first to the new location was mixed. It was the first time that I saw the newly configured site. Growing up with Adventurers and then Nathan's really ripped my heart out, as I felt OLD. I went in ordered what else, a pair of dogs and fries. For some reason, the dogs skin was thicker and tougher, and MY fries were limp. BUTm this has been somewhat indicative of All the Nathan's now that I have been to. In fact, I must say that a $3.50 dog a Katz's was BURNED and inedible! It was to go so I'm guessing they found someone who they could get rid of a 4 day old grill burned dog to. Really Pissed about that!