The hot dog was invented in Coney Island in 1867, which means that eating a frankfurter is practically obligatory here. The top choice: Nathan’s Famous, which has been around since 1916. The hot dogs are the real deal, but the menu runs the gamut from fried clams to fried chicken fingers – yep, the emphasis is on fried.
The restaurant’s annual 4th of July hot-dog-eating contest is the stuff of legends. If you can't make it in person, you can catch the competitive gorging, replete with play-by-play announcing and cheerleaders, on TV.