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“Classic American Experience” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Nathan's Famous

Nathan's Famous
1310 Surf Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11224-2497
(718) 946-2705
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Ranked #149 of 4,108 Restaurants in Brooklyn
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $0 - $20
Cuisines: American, Hot Dogs
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Good for: Families with children, Large groups, Dining on a budget
Dining options: Breakfast, Dinner, Lunch, Late Night, Outdoor Seating, Takeout
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“Classic American Experience”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2013

This is one of the most classic American experiences that you could have in New York City! Only Nathan´s can truly give you the feeling of the real “old time” fast food experience, which is, obviously, marvelous and unforgettable dishes combined with a warm atmosphere and low prices. The fries and the lemonade are remarkable.

  • Visited February 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Suburb of NYC, NY
Senior Contributor
36 reviews 36 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 19 cities Reviews in 19 cities
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
“Disappointing”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 15, 2013

Maybe it's the rebuilding after Super Storm Sandy, but the 'new' Nathan's is not the 'old' Nathan's.

We brought our two grandsons -- and my daughter, their mother -- to Nathan's on Veteran's Day. It's now like any other big fast food place full of stainless steel and ceramic tiles.

I touted the fried soft shell crab sandwiches. They used to be worth dreaming about, no less eating. We ordered five of them, one each. In years gone by they used to be big soft crabs that hung out from the bun. Now they're tiny, buried in the bun and invisible unless one takes the top off the bun to see what's in there. When you sink your teeth into it you taste bun, not crab.

The French fries, one of Nathan's signature dishes, were soggy. Not a bit of crispness.

The hot dogs are $3.95 each. Good, but not well enough cooked. But $3.95 for a hot dog? Simply exorbitant.

A trip to Nathan's may still be worth the trip if you've never been to Coney Island, but it's no longer a destination restaurant.

  • Visited November 2013
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 1 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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Herne Bay, United Kingdom
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77 helpful votes 77 helpful votes
“Hotdogs, cheesy fries and massive drinks!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2013

I already knew we had to visit the famous hotdog place on coney island. I wasn't sure what it was called but couldn't miss it a we walked out. Although it was out of season and most things were shut there were people in and out of here the whole time. I had a classic dog, cheesy fires and a medium pop which is bigger then any large drink in the UK!
I really enjoyed it and is a must for anyone who visits.

  • Visited November 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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London, United Kingdom
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57 restaurant reviews
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27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
“Iconic eatery”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 2, 2013

Upon visiting the landmark of Coney island, we held out from eating to go here. Both of us ordered the lobster roll from the multi choice menu. We were not disappointed with our fill. Tasty lobster with a coleslaw type filling. The bread- sesame, toasted. This complimented the lobster.
Washed down with a coke. Both of us to eat? 16 bucks. Worth every penny

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Carlisle, United Kingdom
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“Famous for hot dog”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2013

We went because it was packed so it must be good, the one on the boardwalk was jammed so we tried the one opposite the subway station, wasn't dissapointed, nice hot dog and a drink, just what the doctor ordered, what this place must be like on a weekend, it was busy enough mid week

  • Visited July 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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