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Nathan's Famous

  • 1310 Surf Ave. Map It
  • Coney Island
  • American
  • Fodor's Choice

Published 06/26/2015

Fodor's Review

Nathan Handwerker, a Polish immigrant, founded this Coney Island hot dog stand in 1916, and what followed can only be described as a quintessential American success story. With a $300 loan and his wife's Ida's secret spice recipe, Nathan set up shop and his success was almost instantaneous—Al Capone, Jimmy Durante, and Cary Grant became regulars early on, President FDR served Nathan’s dogs to the King and Queen of England, local girl Barbra Streisand had them delivered to London, and Walter Matthau asked that they be served at his funeral. The century-old recipe still works: the hot dogs have good, firm texture and a snap when you bite. The light smoky, spicy flavor is reminiscent of the ball park on a summer evening. Buns are soft and the crinkle fries are hot, crispy, and perfectly creamy on the inside.

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1310 Surf Ave., at Stillwell Ave., Brooklyn, New York, 11224, USA

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Published 06/26/2015


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