The Big List of the Coney Island Food You Need to Try

Coney Island is known for sun, sand, fun…and food. Birthplace of the American stapl: the hot dog, Coney Island’s food and sweet treats are as much a part of the fun as the boardwalk and amusements.  What visit to “the People’s Playground” would be complete without indulging in a hot dog, fried clams, candy apples or cold beer?

Here’s our rundown of Coney Island’s best dining and must-try treats.

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From beaches to dining spots and exciting amusement parks, Coney Island has it all. Photo credit: Julie Ricard

Coney Island classics

Nathan’s Famous – Often referred to as “The Original,” Nathan’s has been serving up their Coney Island Hot Dogs since 1916 – and they’ve been much-loved by New Yorkers and celebrities ever since. The original stand at 1310 Surf Avenue is legendary for their clam bar, corn dogs, crinkle-cut fries and onion rings. There is also a Nathan’s outpost on the boardwalk.

Ruby’s Bar & Grill – The oldest bar and grill on the boardwalk, Ruby’s is an authentic dive with a jukebox and vintage photos…it’s even made of old boardwalk wood planks. They serve seafood, hot dogs, burgers and fries, and plenty of cocktails and beer.

Paul’s Daughter – Right on the boardwalk, this stand serves traditional favorites like a clam bar, hot dogs, sausage & peppers, soft-serve ice cream, and cold beer.

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Nathan’s, a classic bite to eat in Coney Island. Photo credit: Jennifer Yung

Coney Island pizza & Italian dining

Totonno’s – The historic, family-fun pizzeria is acclaimed for its pizza made of fresh, quality ingredients. 1524 Neptune Avenue.

Gargiulo’s – They’ve been serving home-style Neapolitan cuisine since 1907.  Their menu offers anitpasti, pasta, grilled meats and seafood.  This is a relatively formal restaurant and requires proper attire (no shorts).

Good pizza is a must. Photo credit: Mary Kresge

Coney Island sweet treats

Williams Candy – An old-fashioned sweet shop that makes fresh candy and is conveniently located right next to Nathan’s. Their specialties are Candy Apples and Marshmallow Treats, and they also offer fudge, lollipops, cotton candy, and ice cream.

Rita’s Italian Ices – serving frozen treats including fresh Italian ice made with real fruit in over sixty-five flavors, old-fashioned frozen custard, sundaes, layered gelati and custard cookie sandwiches. 1327 Surf Avenue (across from Nathan’s and Williams Candy).

Coney’s Cones – on the boardwalk at the entrance to Luna Park, they serve homemade ice cream in traditional flavors, as well as more exotic tastes like bacon ice cream. They also offer Carmel Apples, Cotton Candy, funnel Cake, and hot and cold treats.

a hand holding an ice cream cone on a city street
We all scream for ice cream. Photo credit: Mai Emoto

Update Notice: This post was updated on April 19, 2024.

Looking for more foodie adventures in NYC? Join us on our Lower East Side Food & History Tour. Discover the Lower East Side, where old meets new in a mix of classic and inventive foods. Taste iconic dishes like Jewish deli meats and international flavors from immigrant cultures. Meet the local shop owners who’ve crafted this unique food scene over generations. You’ll leave with a newfound love for the neighborhood’s delicious diversity!

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Originally from Rhode Island, Grace has spent the last 25 years living in the Big Apple. With her knowledge of the best local eateries, attractions and shopping destinations across the city's five boroughs, Grace is the go-to gal for all things NYC. Whether you're a local in need of a fresh perspective or you’re new to the city, Grace loves sharing her extensive knowledge of the city.

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