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The 19th-century palazzo-looking dining room with 30-foot ceilings at Gargiulo’s.
7.9

Gargiulo's Restaurant

Italian

Coney Island

$$$$Perfect For:Classic EstablishmentDinner with the Parents

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Gargiulo’s has been around since 1907, and it’s the most formal place to eat in Coney Island. So if you plan to end your beach day here, you’ll probably need a change of clothes—they don’t allow shorts, white t-shirts, or hats. But assuming you have acceptable attire, you can get some good Italian food at this old-school spot. After the huge complimentary bread basket and some appetizers like baked clams, try a few different pastas, like the fettuccine with chicken breast and prosciutto (half-orders are plenty of food). When the bow-tied servers bring you the check, they also shake up a jar filled with dice labeled 1-90. If you guess the number they pull out of the jar, your dinner is on the house.

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