Travel (NYC): Nathan’s Famous Hot Dogs

Nathan’s Famous in the Coney Island neighborhood of the Brooklyn borough of New York City has been serving their signature hot dogs since 1916. I’ve been to New York on numerous occasions, but this would be the first time that I would be making the trip to this famous landmark on the corner of Surf and Stillwell Avenues.

Our hotel was located on the Lower East Side, so we hopped on the F train and from there it was a straight shot to Coney Island. It takes about an hour to get there, so you’ll have to plan your day around … well, hot dogs. Rest assured, though, they’re good hot dogs. And really, if you have the chance to venture beyond Manhattan, then you should.

As I was taking a bite into my first true Nathan’s hot dog, I couldn’t help but imagine Coney Island during its peak in the early 1900’s. Sure, it’s the same hot dog that you can get now at your local Nathan’s hot dog stand. In fact, there used to be a Nathan’s stand just outside of the Sport’s Authority on Ward Ave. I don’t think that it’s there anymore. Point is, you can the hot dog almost anywhere nowadays, but it’s not the same experience. There something to be said about enjoying a Nathan’s Famous dog on the beach on Coney Island. It’s a classic experience.