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sk bob

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Times Square Nathans Thu, 09/14/06 10:33 PM (permalink)
When did the Nathans in Times Square close?
that was one of the best.
 
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    Scorereader

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    RE: Times Square Nathans Fri, 09/15/06 9:04 AM (permalink)
    Ah yes, the one between Broadway and 7th Ave.
    It probably has to do with the fact that Nathan's has focused its efforts on airport and shopping mall food courts and toll plazas.
    If it wasn't for the original at Coney Island, I'd say the whole corporation has ruined the name, and the hot dog. Toll plaza Nathan's are terrible and I have completely stopped buying their franks at the store.

     
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      sk bob

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      RE: Times Square Nathans Sat, 09/23/06 1:28 PM (permalink)
      it was downhill when they started using frozen french fries instead of fresh cut which were great.
       
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        Tedbear

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        RE: Times Square Nathans Sat, 09/23/06 7:15 PM (permalink)
        I will probably never forget my experience in the Nathan's located (or perhaps formerly located) at the corner of 8th St. and 6th Ave. in NYC. I was close enough to the counter that I was able to observe and to overhear a lot of what was going on that night. So what did I observe?

        One customer was an incredibly drunk businessman-type who ordered a bowl of soup, and then proceeded to slosh it all over his suit and all over the floor as he swayed and staggered away from the counter. (Note: Carrying a bowl of soup in one's hands is probably not a wise thing to do when one is very drunk.) Obviously, the spillage was not the management's fault, but their failure to clean it up in the 15 minutes or so that I was there was their fault, and it led to someone falling in the slippery mess. Not a pleasant sight!

        Then, a mother and her young daughter came in and ordered hot dogs and fries. When the fries arrived, the mother announced, "these fries got roaches in 'em". And, sure enough, there were a few french fried roaches mixed in with the potatoes. The guy at the counter asked her if she wanted another order of fries. I don't recall the woman's response, because, at that point, I opted to leave my remaining food and walk out of the place. I have never patronized a Nathan's again after that night.
         
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          ellen4641

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          RE: Times Square Nathans Sat, 09/23/06 9:53 PM (permalink)
          quote:
          Originally posted by sk bob

          it was downhill when they started using frozen french fries instead of fresh cut which were great.


          when did they switch to frozen ?
           
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            ScreenBear

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            RE: Times Square Nathans Sat, 09/23/06 11:15 PM (permalink)
            Generally started with a hot dog, or two. Then maybe a frogs leg sandwich with tartar sauce. Of course, some fries. And then, just to be cute, perhaps a chow mein sandwich. Then, maybe another hot dog. Then, maybe a cruise down to the Village to the Dugout (favorite watering hole of the 1960s) to see what was shaking down there.

            The Broadway Nathan's closed several years ago.Maybe even a decade or two. I considered it a great food emporium, and have many, many happy memories of visiting often with my pals.
            The Bear
             
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              roossy90

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              RE: Times Square Nathans Sun, 09/24/06 5:07 AM (permalink)
              Didnt see your ??? here, but here is other Nathans Trivia.
              http://shop.nathansfamous.com/famousfacts
              May as well be Wetsons.....
               
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                ScreenBear

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                RE: Times Square Nathans Sun, 09/24/06 10:05 AM (permalink)
                Looks like 1990 is the year of demise, per this article. Hmm, only had a 21-year run. Well, that's longer than many restaurants.

                http://query.nytimes.com/gst/fullpage.html?res=9C0CE3DD113BF937A15755C0A966958260

                The Bear
                 
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                  wheregreggeats.com

                  RE: Times Square Nathans Sun, 09/24/06 2:41 PM (permalink)
                  Is the original still valid?
                   
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                    ScreenBear

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                    RE: Times Square Nathans Sun, 09/24/06 8:44 PM (permalink)
                    A trip to the original Nathan’s is more a respectful pilgrimage than a gustatory adventure. It’s awe-inspiring. This is where it pretty much all started…a must for history buffs and hot dog devotees alike. The place emanates legend.

                    On a recent visit, the hot dogs were as good as ever…natural casing Nathan’s, of course, cooked on a griddle. However, I have it on good authority that they’re just as good at the more respectably managed outstations of the chain, all be they far and few between.

                    It appears that many of the old specialties are still available. However, we were the first customers of the day, and not all the sections were fired up and ready to go yet.

                    The fries were very good, but not as great as I remembered them. Perhaps they are frozen now. I dunno. Would I go there again? Fer sure…especially if Eddie Cantor or Jimmy Durante were driving.
                    The Bear


                     
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                      Scorereader

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                      RE: Times Square Nathans Mon, 09/25/06 12:51 PM (permalink)
                      quote:
                      Originally posted by Tedbear


                      I will probably never forget my experience in the Nathan's located (or perhaps formerly located) at the corner of 8th St. and 6th Ave. in NYC.


                      I didn't realize there used to be a Nathan's in the West Village.

                      don't blame you for not going back after that fried cockroach incident. yuck!

                       
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