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Barrels41 Nov 10, 2012 04:35 AM

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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    lemarais RE: Barrels41 Nov 10, 2012 08:55 AM

    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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      kaaaassss RE: lemarais Nov 10, 2012 10:28 AM

      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!!

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      wincountrygirl RE: Barrels41 Nov 10, 2012 10:41 AM

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

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        jcmods RE: wincountrygirl Nov 10, 2012 11:08 AM

        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.

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          MisterBill2 RE: jcmods Nov 7, 2013 08:27 PM

          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.

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            DWeiss RE: MisterBill2 Nov 18, 2013 06:37 AM

            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!

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          DWeiss RE: wincountrygirl Nov 4, 2013 09:10 PM

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

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          lemarais RE: Barrels41 Nov 10, 2012 12:19 PM

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

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            kaaaassss RE: lemarais Nov 10, 2012 04:13 PM

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

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            GrifinMil RE: Barrels41 Nov 10, 2012 12:27 PM

            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. iluvcookies RE: Barrels41 Nov 10, 2012 12:36 PM

              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.

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                MRS RE: Barrels41 Nov 10, 2012 06:09 PM

                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. chowdom RE: Barrels41 Nov 10, 2012 07:16 PM

                  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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                    wincountrygirl RE: chowdom Nov 11, 2012 10:33 AM

                    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...........

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                      chowdom RE: wincountrygirl Nov 11, 2012 11:06 AM

                      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!

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                        Florida Hound RE: chowdom Nov 23, 2012 01:27 PM

                        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!

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                          wincountrygirl RE: Florida Hound Nov 24, 2012 04:04 AM

                          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.

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                            chowdom RE: Florida Hound Nov 24, 2012 06:28 AM

                            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...

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                              Florida Hound RE: chowdom Nov 24, 2012 10:55 AM

                              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).

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                              cavandre RE: Florida Hound Dec 9, 2012 07:19 AM

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

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                              VealParmGuy RE: chowdom Nov 14, 2013 07:21 PM

                              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.

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                                MRS RE: VealParmGuy Nov 15, 2013 04:54 PM

                                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?

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                                  DWeiss RE: MRS Nov 18, 2013 06:32 AM

                                  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"

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                                JMF RE: chowdom Nov 18, 2013 04:31 PM

                                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.

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                                  MRS RE: JMF Nov 18, 2013 06:43 PM

                                  like the notorious Tanglewood Boys?

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                                    JMF RE: MRS Nov 18, 2013 07:28 PM

                                    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.

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                                      chowdom RE: JMF Nov 18, 2013 07:44 PM

                                      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.

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                                        JMF RE: chowdom Nov 19, 2013 05:04 AM

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

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                                          MRS RE: JMF Nov 19, 2013 03:14 PM

                                          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.

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                                Barrels41 RE: wincountrygirl Nov 14, 2012 01:07 PM

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

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                                  DWeiss RE: wincountrygirl Nov 18, 2013 06:38 AM

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

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                                valerie RE: Barrels41 Nov 10, 2012 07:32 PM

                                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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                                  chowdom RE: valerie Nov 10, 2012 07:47 PM

                                  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.

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                                  ryanallday RE: Barrels41 Nov 10, 2012 10:30 PM

                                  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 :(

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                                    lemarais RE: Barrels41 Nov 11, 2012 09:13 AM

                                    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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                                      Barrels41 RE: lemarais Nov 12, 2012 07:45 PM

                                      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.

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                                      jhopp217 RE: Barrels41 Nov 22, 2012 11:39 AM

                                      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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                                        foodiemom10583 RE: jhopp217 Nov 22, 2012 04:53 PM

                                        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.

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                                          chloe4ever RE: jhopp217 Nov 22, 2012 05:54 PM

                                          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.

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                                            ryanallday RE: jhopp217 Nov 23, 2012 09:25 AM

                                            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

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                                              foodiemom10583 RE: ryanallday Nov 23, 2012 10:52 AM

                                              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.

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                                            wincountrygirl RE: Barrels41 Nov 23, 2012 04:36 AM

                                            Just saw this article

                                            http://www.lohud.com/article/20121115...

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                                              lemarais RE: Barrels41 Nov 23, 2012 12:55 PM

                                              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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                                                DWeiss RE: lemarais Nov 18, 2013 06:40 AM

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

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                                                Florida Hound RE: Barrels41 Nov 23, 2012 03:24 PM

                                                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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                                                  iluvcookies RE: Florida Hound Nov 23, 2012 04:58 PM

                                                  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!

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                                                    Florida Hound RE: iluvcookies Nov 23, 2012 05:59 PM

                                                    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.)

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                                                      marfood RE: iluvcookies Nov 23, 2012 06:06 PM

                                                      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.

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                                                        iluvcookies RE: marfood Nov 24, 2012 06:23 AM

                                                        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/

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                                                          chowdom RE: iluvcookies Dec 8, 2012 01:54 PM

                                                          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.

                                                           
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                                                            iluvcookies RE: chowdom Dec 8, 2012 05:56 PM

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

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                                                              chowdom RE: iluvcookies Dec 9, 2012 03:58 PM

                                                              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.

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                                                                chowdom RE: chowdom Dec 9, 2012 05:09 PM

                                                                Interior

                                                                 
                                                                 
                                                                 
                                                                 
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                                                      DWeiss RE: Florida Hound Nov 18, 2013 06:55 AM

                                                      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!

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                                                        Florida Hound RE: DWeiss Nov 18, 2013 07:37 AM

                                                        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.

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                                                          DWeiss RE: Florida Hound Nov 18, 2013 07:50 AM

                                                          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?

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                                                            JMF RE: DWeiss Nov 18, 2013 04:44 PM

                                                            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.

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                                                      lemarais RE: Barrels41 Nov 24, 2012 09:43 AM

                                                      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. iluvcookies RE: Barrels41 Dec 8, 2012 05:57 PM

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

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                                                          chowdom RE: iluvcookies Dec 11, 2012 01:32 PM

                                                          Progress :(

                                                           
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                                                            foodiemom10583 RE: chowdom Dec 11, 2012 01:41 PM

                                                            I shouldn't have looked.

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                                                              JMF RE: foodiemom10583 Dec 11, 2012 01:50 PM

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

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                                                                chowdom RE: JMF Dec 11, 2012 02:02 PM

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

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                                                                  scarsdalesurprise RE: chowdom Dec 11, 2012 02:35 PM

                                                                  That is really sad.

                                                        2. JMF RE: Barrels41 Dec 9, 2012 11:25 AM

                                                          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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                                                            lemarais RE: JMF Dec 9, 2012 11:40 AM

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

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                                                              JMF RE: lemarais Dec 9, 2012 12:03 PM

                                                              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.

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                                                                lemarais RE: JMF Dec 9, 2012 01:58 PM

                                                                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?

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                                                                  JMF RE: lemarais Dec 9, 2012 04:03 PM

                                                                  I do not have answers for any of those questions.

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                                                                  chowdom RE: JMF Dec 9, 2012 03:16 PM

                                                                  lolololololololol

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                                                              RangerRick RE: Barrels41 Dec 10, 2012 06:35 AM

                                                              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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                                                                51rich RE: RangerRick Dec 13, 2012 01:56 PM

                                                                RENOVATION? looks more like rubbleization

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                                                                  lemarais RE: 51rich Dec 16, 2012 09:16 AM

                                                                  Just started. Check back in 6 months.

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                                                                lemarais RE: Barrels41 Sep 16, 2013 08:34 AM

                                                                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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                                                                  lemarais RE: lemarais Sep 22, 2013 08:33 AM

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

                                                                  Anybody know the schedule for the reopening?

                                                                2. JMF RE: Barrels41 Sep 26, 2013 09:53 AM

                                                                  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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                                                                    liza219 RE: JMF Sep 30, 2013 08:39 PM

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

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                                                                      JMF RE: liza219 Sep 30, 2013 09:11 PM

                                                                      seems to be right on that timeline.

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                                                                        valerie RE: JMF Oct 8, 2013 06:31 AM

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

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                                                                    lemarais RE: Barrels41 Sep 30, 2013 10:29 AM

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

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                                                                      JMF RE: lemarais Sep 30, 2013 01:33 PM

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

                                                                    2. JMF RE: Barrels41 Oct 8, 2013 10:50 AM

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

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                                                                        DWeiss RE: Barrels41 Nov 4, 2013 09:09 PM

                                                                        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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                                                                          lemarais RE: DWeiss Nov 5, 2013 09:14 AM

                                                                          Are they open yet in Yonkers?

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                                                                            JMF RE: lemarais Nov 5, 2013 10:22 AM

                                                                            Still hiring and finishing construction.

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                                                                              chowdom RE: lemarais Nov 13, 2013 06:12 PM

                                                                              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.

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                                                                                JMF RE: chowdom Nov 13, 2013 07:58 PM

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

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                                                                                  chowdom RE: JMF Nov 13, 2013 08:05 PM

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

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                                                                                    BuildingMyBento RE: chowdom Nov 13, 2013 08:57 PM

                                                                                    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...

                                                                                    Jonathan
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                                                                                      RangerRick RE: BuildingMyBento Nov 14, 2013 06:43 AM

                                                                                      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.

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                                                                                        BuildingMyBento RE: RangerRick Nov 14, 2013 08:20 AM

                                                                                        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.

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                                                                                          chowdom RE: BuildingMyBento Nov 14, 2013 08:45 AM

                                                                                          No kidding:
                                                                                          http://yonkers.dailyvoice.com/busines...

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                                                                                        JMF RE: BuildingMyBento Nov 14, 2013 06:48 PM

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

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                                                                                Barrels41 RE: DWeiss Nov 7, 2013 05:20 PM

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

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                                                                                lemarais RE: Barrels41 Nov 5, 2013 12:29 PM

                                                                                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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                                                                                  DWeiss RE: lemarais Nov 18, 2013 07:08 AM

                                                                                  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.

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                                                                                    JMF RE: DWeiss Nov 18, 2013 04:51 PM

                                                                                    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.

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                                                                                  lemarais RE: Barrels41 Nov 14, 2013 12:45 PM

                                                                                  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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                                                                                    Florida Hound RE: lemarais Nov 14, 2013 06:22 PM

                                                                                    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.)

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                                                                                      addictedtolunch RE: Florida Hound Nov 15, 2013 02:11 AM

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

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                                                                                        lemarais RE: addictedtolunch Nov 15, 2013 04:00 PM

                                                                                        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.

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                                                                                          addictedtolunch RE: lemarais Nov 15, 2013 04:08 PM

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

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                                                                                            chowdom RE: lemarais Nov 15, 2013 04:10 PM

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

                                                                                             
                                                                                             
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                                                                                              addictedtolunch RE: chowdom Nov 15, 2013 04:56 PM

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

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                                                                                                lemarais RE: addictedtolunch Nov 15, 2013 05:31 PM

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

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                                                                                                  chowdom RE: addictedtolunch Nov 15, 2013 05:54 PM

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

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                                                                                              Florida Hound RE: addictedtolunch Nov 16, 2013 03:15 AM

                                                                                              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.

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                                                                                                addictedtolunch RE: Florida Hound Nov 16, 2013 03:54 AM

                                                                                                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.

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                                                                                                  chowdom RE: addictedtolunch Nov 16, 2013 05:15 AM

                                                                                                  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.

                                                                                                   
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                                                                                                    lemarais RE: chowdom Nov 16, 2013 07:51 AM

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

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                                                                                                      foodiemom10583 RE: lemarais Nov 19, 2013 10:27 AM

                                                                                                      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.

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                                                                                                      MRS RE: chowdom Nov 17, 2013 12:03 PM

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

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                                                                                                  DWeiss RE: addictedtolunch Nov 18, 2013 07:09 AM

                                                                                                  YES I DID TOO!

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                                                                                                    MRS RE: DWeiss Nov 18, 2013 07:05 PM

                                                                                                    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.

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                                                                                              lemarais RE: Barrels41 Nov 18, 2013 09:30 AM

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

                                                                                              Any clams on the half shell (har har)?

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                                                                                                lemarais RE: Barrels41 Nov 27, 2013 11:27 AM

                                                                                                Anybody been to the New Nathan's yet?

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                                                                                                  51rich RE: lemarais Nov 27, 2013 01:40 PM

                                                                                                  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 .

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                                                                                                    chowdom RE: 51rich Nov 27, 2013 03:26 PM

                                                                                                    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.

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                                                                                                    foodiemom10583 RE: lemarais Nov 27, 2013 02:11 PM

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

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                                                                                                    lemarais RE: Barrels41 Nov 28, 2013 09:00 AM

                                                                                                    "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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                                                                                                      51rich RE: lemarais Nov 28, 2013 09:24 AM

                                                                                                      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

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                                                                                                      Barrels41 RE: Barrels41 Jan 17, 2014 10:50 PM

                                                                                                      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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                                                                                                        JMF RE: Barrels41 Jan 18, 2014 12:52 AM

                                                                                                        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.

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                                                                                                          Barrels41 RE: JMF Jan 19, 2014 11:06 AM

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

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                                                                                                        lemarais RE: Barrels41 Jan 19, 2014 03:38 PM

                                                                                                        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.

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                                                                                                          DWeiss RE: Barrels41 Jan 20, 2014 07:09 AM

                                                                                                          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!

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