Nathan's Famous Inc.

  • Blogs

    July 5, 2014

    Here's Joey Chestnut Eating 61 Hot Dogs in a Single GIF

    Joey Chestnut proposed to his girlfriend on stage and then ate 61 hot dogs to win Nathan's Famous Fourth of July Hot Dog Eating Contest at Coney Island for the eighth time in a row on Friday. Sonya Thomas couldn't win for a fourth time in a row as she lost in the women's competition to Las Vegas's M ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 23, 2014

    The 10 Best Boardwalk Restaurants in Coney Island and the Rockaways

    When the weather's nice, nothing beats a trip to our city's shores. Whether taking in the waning historic charm of a bygone era at Coney Island or parking yourself on a dune in The Rockaways, both beachside neighborhoods offer a heady mixture of fun and food. Here are the 10 best spots to indulge wh ... More >>

  • Art

    May 21, 2014
  • Blogs

    July 1, 2013

    Mezcal, Ribs, and Fourth of July Festivities: What's Happening This Week

    This week, we ring in a new month and celebrate the birth of our nation (and hopefully, many of you are getting a long weekend). Here's a look at some of our favorite events coming up in the next few days.

  • Dining

    May 22, 2013
  • Blogs

    May 4, 2013

    Fire on the Roof of Nathan's Famous Coney Island

    A fire has been reported prior to 11 a.m. this morning at 1310 Surf Avenue in Coney Island, Brooklyn, the home of Nathan's Famous, the frankfurter merchant. The building had been undergoing extensive repairs and renovation following Hurricane Sandy, and had not been yet opened for business. The fire ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 4, 2013

    Demolition Begins at Nathan's Famous on Coney Island

    There are few better places to enjoy a hot dog than at Nathan's Famous on Coney Island, where even as snow lands on the beach and your fingers ache with cold, a grilled dog with crinkle-cut fries can make you love New York a little harder. But the chain's flagship, open for nearly a century, has bee ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 2, 2013

    Mini Hot Dogs Hit Manhattan

    Yes, after 90 years, the mini hot dog has finally arrived at Union Square -- but without Zippy Sauce. I'm a big fan of the tiny hot dogs found almost exclusively in the Albany area, and have been known to travel to places like Troy, Cohoes, and Schenectady, New York just for a taste. These miniatu ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 29, 2012

    Updates from NYC Restaurants Still Closed After Sandy

    From the Seaport to Staten Island, we'll be checking in with restaurants all over the city that were hit by Sandy and updating you on their struggles and recoveries. Email us to tell us more about your reopening or rebuilding efforts. Puglia by the Sea sat right on the water in Staten Island, and a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 9, 2012

    Nathan's Famous, Totonno's Pizzeria Napolitano Still Shuttered After Storm

    Nathan's Famous has been dark for nearly two weeks -- perhaps for the first time in its 96-year history. Today I took a bicycle tour of Coney Island, Brighton Beach, and Sheepshead Bay. Those areas of Brooklyn along the Atlantic Coast are more devastated than has been reported. One stumbles on par ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 25, 2012

    My 5 Favorite NYC Hot Dogs

    ​At Shake Shack, our own approximation of the Chicago dog. Whether you call them frankfurters, wieners, tube steaks, or floaters, New York City is the hot dog capital of the world. And here are my five favorite local evocations of the silky sausage that came here from Frankfurt or Vienna, d ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 17, 2012

    10 Iconic Foods of New York City, and Where To Find Them

    ​Ultra-creamy New York cheesecake may be the world's richest dessert. Hotbed of culinary fusion, NYC is not only a repository of cuisines from around the globe, but the place where many important dishes originated, if not by pure invention, then as uniquely compelling adaptations of things t ... More >>

  • Dining

    December 14, 2011

    Littleneck: Gowanus Gets Its Clams

    We promise you they're not from the canal

  • Blogs

    July 1, 2011

    Fast-Food Chains Serve Booze; No Link Found Between Ham and Cancer

    ​A larger-than-expected corn crop this season has set off a sharp decline in prices, which could deter food inflation. Corn rose to a high of $7.99 per bushel in June. [NY Times] Fast-food chains are getting their booze on. In addition to Burger King's Whopper Bars, two Sonic restaurants in S ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 17, 2011

    Potatoes in the Cafeteria Under Attack; Dragon Fruit Is All the Rage

    ​The U.S.D.A. is proposing to eliminate the "white potato" -- as in, any variety that isn't a sweet potato -- from federally subsidized school lunches. And it isn't going down too well in places like Maine, where potatoes are part of the culture. [Wall Street Journal] McDonald's restaurants i ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 27, 2011

    Hot Dog! Nathan's Consents to Hot Dog-Eating Contest Grand Prize Equality for Women

    Equal pay for equal scarfing​Following an onslaught of criticism, Nathan's Famous has raised the grand prize amount for the women's portion of its annual hot-dog-eating contest to $10,000 from $2,500, making it equal to the men's prize.

  • Blogs

    August 11, 2010

    Robert Sietsema at I Sodi; Sarah DiGregorio at Co Ba

    This week in The Voice, Robert Sietsema shares his appreciation for I Sodi: "one largely overlooked restaurant in town that has succeeded in reproducing an actual Tuscan bill of fare, such as you might find in roadside osterias near Cortona or Gaiole-in-Chianti." Sarah DiGregorio files on Co Ba in C ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 5, 2010

    Kobayashi Released After Arrest at Nathan's Hot Dog Eating Contest, Still Hungry

    New York Daily News/Keh​Associated Press reports that Japanese competitive eater champ Takeru Kobayashi has been released by a Brooklyn judge this morning, following an arrest at the Nathan's hot dog eating contest on Sunday. He still had on the t-shirt he wore when he jumped up on stage dur ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 25, 2010

    Hot Dogs and Pepto-Bismol Go Hand-in-Hand; Your New Favorite Placenta Recipe

    ​Apparently, the best way to shoot photographs of food is to do it bright sunshine. [NY Times] This year's Nathan's Famous Fourth of July International Hot Dog Eating Contest will be sponsored by Pepto-Bismol. [Wall Street Journal] A new report reveals that nine out of 10 Americans eat too ... More >>

  • News

    May 25, 2010
  • Blogs

    March 19, 2010

    Our 10 Best Sausages

    ​Served on rye with mustard and sauerkraut, Katz's knoblewurst packs a megaton wallop of garlic. Sausages originated as a way to preserve meats past their "expire by" dates sometime during human pre-history, and turned out to be the best way to hide animal parts that we didn't necessarily wan ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 23, 2009

    From the Weiner Wire, a Lawsuit Update

    TheBusyBrain/flickr Gothamist has published a follow-up to yesterday's news that three New Jersey residents have filed a lawsuit to force hot dog companies -- including Nathan's Famous and Hebrew National -- to put warning labels on their product packaging. The lawsuit, filed on behalf of the p ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 2, 2009

    Our Ten Best--Hot Dogs

    Call them hot dogs, franks, weenies, floaters, or tube steaks, New Yorkers love them, whether as impromptu snacks or full-blown meals. And now that the recession is upon us, we love them more than ever. Said to have originated in Frankfurt, Germany, these sausages--filled with a pork or beef or beef ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 20, 2009

    On track: Barack Obama's conjunction junction

    Can't get enough of Obama's January 17 train ride. Here it is again. Even before today's inauguration, Barack Obama's whistle-stop trip to D.C. brought the best of two worlds to America. Besides being just a really cool thing to do — complete with speeches by the mellifluous new president t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 20, 2009

    Nathan's In Danger...Or Is It?

    Yesterday, the Brooklyn Paper reported that Nathan's Famous hot dog stand in Coney Island might be closed as part of Mayor Bloomberg's proposal to build a 27-acre amusement park called "People's Playground." Eek! Where would we sober up after a day stumbling along the boardwalk, if not at the hot do ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 20, 2009

    Nathan's Staying at Coney Island, At Least

    Well, that's a relief: Nathan's tells the New York Times that it intends to maintain its flagship hot-dog stand on Surf Avenue in Coney Island. There was some question of it when people noticed a city environmental impact statement that said Nathan's Famous, which has occupied the corner for 93 year ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 2, 2008

    Crazy Legs and Eater X Profile, Plus Eating and Drinking at the Rusty Knot

    This week, check out the feature on Crazy Legs and Eater X, competitive eaters and roommates. I followed them as they prepared for the Nathan's Famous hot dog eating contest. Check back here on Friday for pictures of the contest and an update on how Crazy Legs and Eater X fared at the Superbowl of e ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 25, 2008

    Fork in the Road on Hiatus this Week

    Fork in the Road is on hiatus this week, but check us out next week, when we'll have both a review of The Rusty Knot, and a feature profile of Eater X and Crazy Legs Conti as they prepare for the Nathan's Famous contest on the Fourth of July.

  • News

    July 29, 2003
  • NYC Life

    May 13, 2003

    Dog Day Afternoons

    Unleashing the Newest Breeds of Frankfurters

  • NYC Life

    August 20, 2002