Which downtown businesses should be moving to Coney Island?

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Prospect Heights eatery Tom’s Restaurant, Grimaldi’s Pizzeria in DUMBO and now Zito’s Sandwich Shoppe in Park Slope all plan to open outposts in Coney Island this summer — proof that Brownstone Brooklyn’s takeover of the People’s Playground is well underway. But the invasion won’t be complete until a few more shops open new locations on the Boardwalk and Surf Avenue. Here’s a few Downtown businesses we’d like to see open in the Amusement District:

• Brooklyn Bowl: Who better to take over the Boardwalk’s historic Childs Restaurant at West 21st Street than Williamsburg’s wildly popular Brooklyn Bowl? A bowling alley-music venue in Coney Island would be a perfect strike.

• American Apparel: The trendy clothing store has locations in Williamsburg, Brooklyn Heights, Cobble Hill and Park Slope. Why not expand to Coney Island, where hipsters could shop till they drop between rides at Luna Park?

• Barcade: Coney Island has plenty of places to play games, and plenty of places to drink beer. If Barcade opens a satellite suds shop near the beach, people can do both under one roof.

• Peter Luger’s: Forget about seafood. What beach-goers really want are heaping portions of prime rib. A name-brand steakhouse with waterfront views would give Gargiulo’s — Coney Island’s reigning white tablecloth eatery — a run for its money.

• Junior’s: Have a Junior’s cheesecake — then go throw it up during a ride on the Cyclone. If the city really wants to highlight Brooklyn-born businesses on the Boardwalk, the borough’s most iconic diner needs a seat at the table.

• Bark Hot Dogs: Nathan’s monopoly on the Coney Island’s wiener market has gone on for far too long. Bark, a popular food spot in Park Slope, would give visitors gourmet alternatives such as the Bacon Cheddar Dog, the Bark Slamwich and Smoked Brat.

—Dan Bush

Reach reporter Daniel Bush at dbush@cnglocal.com or by calling (718) 260-8310. Follow him at twitter.com/dan_bush.
Updated 3:35 am, May 8, 2012
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kevinizon from wburg says:
A little weary of the whole "hipster choices should be everywhere" thing. Its a direct parallel to the mallification of America, except meant to be aimed at white hipsters.

I much prefer they come up with some interesting and original businesses in Coney, rather than chain-restaurant chain-store cool.

But I suppose midwesterners now populating Brooklyn prefer the familiar stuff.
May 9, 2012, 9:26 am
Steph from Coney Island says:
kevinizon is right. Leave Coney Island's authentic character alone. If I want stores that are in Park Slope, I'll go to Park Slope.
May 14, 2012, 9:59 am

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