What You'll Get
Using a pillowy bun as a barrier, hot dogs are safely protected from environmental hazards such as open manholes and greasy-handed schoolchildren. Enjoy snugly shielded franks with today's Groupon: for $5, you get $10 worth of Coney Island–style hot dogs and more at Phillip's Original Coney Island.
For more than 98 years, the Manus family has been feeding passing citizens from a menu filled with tasty dogs and chili. The original Coney Island dog ($1.75) comes grilled and wrapped in a steamed bun with mustard, onions, and a special Coney sauce, the recipe for which can only be deciphered while playing barbershop-quartet recordings in reverse. The famous chili is made with famous lean ground beef, famous tomatoes, famous spices, and moderately famous red beans ($2.79). It—much like the hearty bean soup ($2.89)—has been made using the same recipe since the restaurant's opening. Sandwiches, such as the Phillip's combination (fried ham and egg on a bun with lettuce, tomato, pickle, and onion, $4.79) and the breaded, deep-fried pork cutlet ($4.59), are made from scratch, as are the burgers ($3.99–$4.99), which are available with nearly 20 different toppings, including egg, sautéed green peppers, and shredded cheddar cheese.
Salads balance out the meat-centric menu, and a variety of desserts, such as pie ($2.99), root-beer floats ($2.99), and milk shakes ($2.99), form a sweetened force field that deflects local dentists. Jim's Dandy kid's meal ($2.99) caters to picky eaters with a variety of kid-friendly entree options, all served with a small beverage and smiley fries, whose joyful expressions quickly turn to paralyzed horror as their friends are devoured by ravenous children.
Six Yelpers give Phillip's Original Coney Island a 3.5-star average.
- The chili dogs are pretty awesome, and actually really filling - two Coneys, some chili fries and two glasses of soda, and I was stuffed. The service is excellent, and the place is decently clean. The decor isn't up to much, but the cooking area is open, so you can watch the food being made. Good stuff! – Caroline C.
- Nice experience, because it was quiet (between lunch and dinner), and the service was great - attentive in just the right amount. I would definitely come back here – melanie b.
The Fine Print
Promotional value expires Oct 5, 2011. Amount paid never expires. Limit 3 per person. Limit 1 per visit. No cash back. Not valid with other offers. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.
About Phillip's Original Coney Island
For a full century, members of the Manus family have manned the counter at Phillip's Original Coney Island, serving their signature Coney Island hot dogs topped with onions, special Coney sauce, and cheddar cheese. All the way down from Phillip Manus, who opened the eatery in 1912, to his great-grandson Nicholas Manus, who runs it today, Phillip’s has served an old-fashioned menu of hot dogs, burgers, battered-bottleneck fries, and hand-dipped milk shakes, pairing each serving with fresh-baked cornbread. Following the original 100-year-old recipe, cooks dip their ladles into simmering chili pots brimming with lean ground beef, vine-ripened tomatoes, a secret blend of spices, and Woodrow Wilson’s eyeglasses. Alternatively, they added a few modern twists to recipes, coating their buffalo chicken fingers with Frank's Red Hot Sauce and crowning barbecue burgers with Sweet Baby Ray's sauce and crunchy coleslaw.