The most enchanting sign in Coney Island

For its neon beauty and the cheap thrills it promises—sun, surf, and juicy hot dogs—does any sign beat iconic Nathan’s Famous at Surf and Stillwell Avenues?

Repeat the words enough, and they start to sound like a four-line haiku. “Take Home Food”: Is it a noun? A command? This is what Coney Island should look like.

I don’t know how old the sign is, but Nathan’s has been serving hot dogs, fried clams, and even frog legs (has anyone been brave enough to try them?) since 1916.

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8 Responses to “The most enchanting sign in Coney Island”

  1. Josie Says:

    That makes me homesick!

  2. Joe R Says:

    They also used to serve chow mein on a bun. Don’t know if they still do.

  3. nyc edges Says:

    I’ve had the frogs legs — as a teenager on a dare — like the clams, they were heavily battered and deep fried and didn’t have a distinct
    flavor.
    I don’t think they have the chow mein anymore, instead they’ve added a lot more chicken dishes — but I always go for the hot dogs & fries which are as good as ever!

    • wildnewyork Says:

      You are brave. I saw the frogs legs on the menu a few weeks ago and thought I should sample them because they seemed like such an odd menu item…but I just couldn’t do it!

  4. mykola (mick) dementiuk Says:

    Marty After Dark had a road trip to Coney Island yesterday, I know they had a blast

    http://www.martyafterdark.com/chasing-something-in-the-night/2011/9/5/september-5-2011.html

  5. robinaphl Says:

    I loved the frog legs and the clam strips. They both have a distinct flavor. I miss the original Nathans. Whenever I come home to NYC from Philly, I go get the original foods. Knishes, those delicious thick fries and franks. I ask for a frank here and they give me a soda. They say what kind of frank, orange or grape?

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