Fodor's Expert Review Nathan's Famous

$ Brighton Beach and Coney Island Hot Dog Fodor's Choice
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 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. Buns are soft and the crinkle fries are hot, crispy, and perfectly creamy on the inside. The biggest day of the year at Nathan's is always July 4, when competitive eaters and fans converge on Surf Avenue to crown that year's hot-dog-eating champion. In a contest that's an all-out sprint from start to the finish, the record for dogs and buns downed in 10 minutes is a nearly unimaginable 72.
Hot Dog Lively Lunch Quick Bite $ Fodor's Choice

Quick Facts

1310 Surf Ave.
Brooklyn, New York  11224, USA


Known For:
  • World-famous hot dogs
  • Quintessentially Brooklyn
  • Annual hot-dog-eating contest

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