Tuesday, September 18, 2007

Coney Island! Nathans & More!

I really don't hang out in Brooklyn much at all. I have the ocassional trip out to Park Slope to dine/drink with the boys, but that's about it. I finally decided that it was time to see Coney Island before the 'Evil Machine' tore it all down.

I've been there 3 times in the past 2 weeks to eat, drink & watch the Brooklyn Cyclones. I'm really angry at myself for not having gone long ago.

Coming off of the F train, Nathan's (on the corner of Surf & Stillwell Avenues) looms large. It was very,very foggy the 2nd time we went, giving an eerie feeling.

The Noble Hot Dog has a bad rap in the culinary world. People scoff at it & often make reference to the 'mystery meat' contained within. Nathan's dogs are meant to be some of the best, so I didn't mind waiting in the huge pre-game line, but the service there is atrocious. It took forever to be served, but trust me, it was worth the wait.

There's something uniquely satisfying about finally getting your dog(s) & setting up shop at one of the high tables & putting together all of your condiments. With so much history in this place you just know that the food is going to rock.

The chili dog I ordered was insane - I was in meat heaven (yet, I'm gonna get cheese on that bad boy next time). I've also had the Corn Dog & a regular dog topped in onions & peppers. Yum!

By our third visit, we pretty much had our routine down pat. Jump on the F, eat at Nathan's, then head to Ruby's. Boasting a laid back attitude, killer jukebox, views of the ocean & boardwalk & a 45 foot long bar, Ruby's Old Tyme Bar and Grill (1213 Riegelmann Boardwalk) is my type of bar. Perfect for some pre-game beers. It being the off-season, the place is pretty empty, which is fine by me. Google it & you can see pics of the place during the summer, packed to the gills!

The Brooklyn Cyclones games are a lot of fun. At $14 for the most expensive seat in the house, moderately priced beers & great cheeseburgers (don't eat at the park stalls, go to the outdoor BBQ by section 17), Keyspan Park is a baseball/beer/beef-lover's wet dream!

After the final game we stopped at the restaurant next to Nathan's for beer, dogs & Blue Points. Rock on! I really suggest that you go & hang out in Coney Island before it's completely destroyed by fascist developers.


Anonymous said...

There's nothing noble about a hot dog. Are you an idiot? They get a bad rap precisely because they contain mystery meat! Get a life Dude!!

Jason said...

We agree to disagree 'Anonymous' & for the record, you can kiss my ass!

Dan said...

Anonymous is a punk! Sorry to upset your palate with some good, old-fashioned grub. Maybe you'd feel more comfortable sucking the ass out of a snail or something...

Jason said...

What did the 5 fingers say to the face?


pinknest said...

oh god the chili dog is quite noble indeed. and so are corndogs. yes, please!

teddy said...

looks like somebody didn't like yer hot dog thing Boogie. Give 'em some shit! And bring on the hot dogs, Goddammit!

doggybloggy said...

HOT DOGS RULE...especially the tube steaks at the umbrella club

what I will say is mighty brave of you to eat anything shelfish or raw at Coney...its probably me but that seems mighty trusting of you..,.

Jason said...

Yeah, that was really sketchy. The beer had impaired my judgement! Luckily I lived to tell the tale!

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