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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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.
Fast-food chains are getting their booze on. In addition to Burger King's Whopper Bars, two Sonic restaurants in S ... More >>
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.
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Equal pay for equal scarfingFollowing 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.
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 >>
New York Daily News/KehAssociated 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 >>
Apparently, the best way to shoot photographs of food is to do it bright sunshine.
This year's Nathan's Famous Fourth of July International Hot Dog Eating Contest will be sponsored by Pepto-Bismol.
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A new report reveals that nine out of 10 Americans eat too ... More >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 ye ... More >>