The oldest and only dive bar on the Coney Island boardwalk is an institution: Ruby’s Bar & Grill has been around since 1934 and has been threatened with extinction by real-estate developers who want to take the boardwalk upscale. Ruby’s, however, hangs on. So grab a stool, order a pint of Ruby’s Ale, and watch the waves and the salty locals roll in.

Avoid the food.