The Landmark Childs Building On Coney Island Boardwalk Is Now A Massive New Restaurant


Should you’ve strolled westward alongside the Coney Island boardwalk anytime since, say, 1923, you realize the Childs constructing—that grand outdated nautically-themed Spanish Colonial Revival construction that started its life as a restaurant throughout Coney’s heyday. It spent virtually 50 years as a sweet manufacturing facility, sat deserted for a bit, reawakened briefly as a curler rink within the aughts, and now, courtesy of the Russo household, is embarking on a brand new journey as La Tombola.

The enchantment of the bodily house right here is apparent, with the terracotta depictions of King Triton and varied sea beasts, and the overwrought crests and thrives all around the facade, and the magnificent arched home windows operating the size of the place, and the gleaming wood bar that is presupposed to be one of many longest in Brooklyn. Undecided we wanted all twenty or so of the flatscreens enjoying one of many Taken motion pictures on mute, however I think about this place may get extraordinarily loud with a crowd watching a giant sport.

After all it is touristy–inside there are Coney props for photograph ops, like a barely battered bumper automobile and a seat from the outdated Parachute Soar simply outside–but it is also an genuine piece of native historical past and, most vital contemplating its location by an amusement park, a live performance venue, and a baseball stadium, it is positively sort of enjoyable. I solely want {that a} thunderstorm hadn’t prevented us from eating on the roof deck.

Inside the new La Tombola inside the historic Childs building


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The massive shock for me, although, was that the meals at La Tombola is definitely fairly good. Not that the Russo household is new to the restaurant sport; they have been operating the enduring Gargiulo’s simply up the road close to Mermaid Avenue for greater than half its 114 years, together with the half when Mimi Sheraton gave the place three stars within the NY Instances and contours fashioned across the block.

Nonetheless although, La Tombola gives a unique form of informal, beachy eating (and ingesting), they usually did not mess it up. The menu is big, and performs it secure with crowd pleasers packed into each part, however every of the 4 dishes we shared earlier this week delivered on their promise. The half-dozen orange Buffalo Wing had been semi-spicy, crisp, messy items of rooster which will lack any accoutrements, however when you begin consuming you may be positive. See additionally: the aspect of French Fries.

The Margherita Pizza, certainly one of a number of varieties popping out of the large wood-burning oven within the again, additionally made us completely happy, and the Neapolitan Type pie had sufficient gooey cheese and shiny tomato sauce to steadiness out the doughiness. My favourite dish of the evening, although, might need additionally been the beachiest—a Shell Pot (actually extra of a Shell Tray), loaded with skillfully cooked mussels and plump, juicy clams in a vigorous “Cajun” broth. The sausage that got here with was pleasantly spicy too, although the corn was inedible, only a cob of flavorless mush.

Among the many many different choices right here: a full Uncooked Bar, a bunch of sliders, Fish Tacos, Spaghetti and Meatballs, BBQ Pork Ribs, a Burger, a Cheesesteak, a Cubano, a Rooster Parm, Disco Fries, and a Lobster Roll. There are certain to be missteps in a menu this prolonged, but it surely seems like, for essentially the most half, the kitchen is aware of what they’re doing. And if it is booze you are after, La Tombola will present, with plenty of cocktails, frozen drinks, plenty of beers, exhausting seltzers, and wines.

La Tombola is positioned at 2102 Riegelmann Boardwalk, and is at present open on Sunday via Thursday from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m., and on Friday and Saturday from 10 a.m. to midnight (718-962-0602;