A Curated Visit to Coney Island
From Edible Brooklyn
The founder of the Coney Island Circus Sideshow shares his favorite addresses.
Nathan’s Famous turns 100 this year, and eating one of their Coney Island hot dogs is a rite of passage for every New Yorker. Coney Island has been a nearby paradise on the seashore for almost two centuries. My own grandfather Isadore Seiger owned and operated the Boston Hotel and movie theater for a few brief years in the mid-1920’s, which may explain why I love going there so much.
And while I appreciate a great hot dog as much as everyone else, I had to wonder what other edible secrets could be found along this well-visited stretch of Atlantic coastline. And who better to ask than the Honorary Mayor of Coney Island himself, Dick Zigun?
Zigun is the founder of the Coney Island Circus Sideshow, which boasts sword swallowers, fire eaters, contortionists, magicians, comedians, musicians, yoyo acrobats, strongmen—everything you would hope to find at a circus sideshow. As I hoped, Zigun gamely agreed to share some of his preferred Coney eateries, and his favorite food at each one.
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