Local Eats

Coney Island: The Original Nathan’s Famous

Everyone loves a good hot dog. And while NYC maybe be the King of all “hot dog cities,” I just cannot get on board with the boiled ones at street carts. Yes they are good in a pinch and the quickest street-meat snack you might be able to get, but to me a hot dog needs to be grilled.

Coney Island

I grew up on grilled red hots from Ted’s Hot Dogs and was eager to find something on par while living in the New York area. Enter, Nathan’s Famous.

According to their website, “Nathan’s Famous was founded by a Polish immigrant, Nathan Handwerker, and his is truly an authentic ‘only in America story.’ He started his business in 1916 with a small hot dog stand in Coney Island, New York. He sold hot dogs that were manufactured based on a recipe developed by his wife, Ida.”

While working in the area, I decided to stop by the famous hot dog spot for a quick lunch before heading back to Brooklyn. Boy, was that a good decision. A hot and steamy day at Coney Island, nothing says summer like sand in your toes, lemonade and a delicious hot dog.

Nathan's Hot Dogs

In addition to hot dogs, the menu was packed with all sorts of delights including Philly cheesesteaks, corn dogs,  chicken sandwiches and more. Here’s a look at the hot dog and french fry options.


For my lunch I went with an original hot dog — obviously a classic, with mustard and ketchup. You really can’t go wrong. As a side, the cheese fries with bacon and old school lemonade were calling my name as the perfect additions to this “all-american” meal.


That was really a “Mean Girls” moment right there. It might not have been the healthiest meal, but it’s summertime in New York City, enjoy the goodness.

Nathan's hot dogs



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