Last week saw the re-establishment of the Yonkers emblem of meat in tube-form as Nathan’s Hot Dogs on Central Ave. reopened their new doors, this time on the north facing side of a complex of stores consisting of a CVS and 2 stores to be named later.
What can I say?
The new Nathan’s as expected, leaves much to be desired, no arcade games and no history of any kind, I don’t care how often they post signage of the year “1916” around the inside and outside of the place.
No stained glass mirrors, no fun chicken, nothing really of the Nathan’s of my youth.
Here’s a quick tour:
The drive thru is still around and I’ll give them points for improving things in this regard although it’s really six of one, half a dozen of the other.
The same green and red neon lights still greet customers as they enter but obviously nothing close to the original signage.
The inside is well…what can you say. If you traded a few hot dogs and crinkle cut fries for some golden arches and the Cheeseburglar, you’d pretty much have a mickey D’s.
One of the nicer or cooler parts though are the giant murals of Nathan’s Coney Island past and kuddos to the details of food, rides and people.
They also have framed pictures of the good times at the Coney Island landmark…
Still though, despite Nathan’s being a universe unto itself, I think the place should have paid some homage to the old Nathan’s of Central Ave., even if it was just a mural or portrait of the bright lights guiding the way for the cars that passed by along Central Ave.
While I rarely advocate things of this nature, my suggestion is to extend the extra effort and time and catch a D Train, make your way out to Coney Island, and fulfill your craving with the real thing. The remodel and renovation of the original Nathan’s has been complete for some time now and it’s just as good and packed as always out on Coney Island.
I hate to not patronize a Yonkers business and give into my nostalgic obstinance but it may take another 100 years before Nathan’s on Central Ave. gives me the satisfaction that its predecessor gave me time and time again. Your Thoughts?