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Ruby's, Coney Island
As much of a Coney Island staple as Nathan's, Ruby's is both the oldest bar on the boardwalk (they've been around since 1975) and
the only one where you can sit inside, made all the more special by its sort of miraculous resilience during Hurricane Sandy—a lot of its competitors on the boardwalk weren't nearly so lucky. Given that Coney Island is an essential stop on any visitor's first trip to Brooklyn, it seems more than fair to insist you swing by and pay your respects to Ruby's, in the form of a piña colada (and possibly also a crab cake sandwich).
Also try: Tatiana Restaurant and Nightclub, drinking a six-pack on the beach and risking the $25 open container ticket
Ruby's, 1213 Board Walk West
Tatiana, 3152 Brighton 6th St.