The most famous hot dog in Coney Island finally is back! Our friend, Jason Homa, shared with us information and a bit of history about Feltman’s of Coney Island hot dog!
“In the spirit of the Fourth of July, I wanted to share this story about Feltman’s of Coney Island and the original hot dog. While Nathan’s is world-renowned and synonymous with Coney Island today, it was actually an offshoot of Feltman’s.
Charles Feltman first served sausages on rolls from a push cart in 1867 on the beach. He saved enough money to build what would become known as the worlds’s largest restaurant complex at the time. It is here he developed the modern hot dog. This establishment was upscale so the hot dog wasn’t his top seller.
In 1916 Nathan Handwerker left Feltman’s to create his own establishment, selling hotdogs for half the price. The two restaurants co-existed for about 40 years but Feltman’s closed in 1954.
Today, Feltman’s is having a revival as a Coney Island historian and tour guide reintroduces Feltman’s hot dog. They plan to sell it at half the price of Nathan’s.”
The Feltman’s of Coney Island hot dog store is actually in the East Village neighborhood, in Manhattan.
But, if you’ve never be to Coney Island, that is not really an island – now could be the perfect chance for you to visit. Go experience what it was like in the years of 1930–1945, when the picture above was made.
After visiting the store, you might have a sweet tooth and need to satisfy it. Walk only 1 block to Ray’s Candy Store for one of the best fried Oreos in the city!
If you have time, you might want to explore the neighborhood a little, so take a look at these 3 spots we love!
Location: 80 Saint Marks Place
Photo Credit: Boston Public Library