Earlier today, Seltzerboy and I were joined by five friends of Slice in a tradition he and I have shared since 2001, way back in the pre-Slice era. On hand for the coaster ride were Dan, Katie, Tien, and our Queens correspondent, Chito. We met up in front of the 'Clone, bought tickets ($5 a ride), and submitted our bodies for a little Jazz Age G-force testing.
The line this year was longer than in years past, no doubt thanks to the sunny weather, and it looked dire for getting a seat in the coveted first row. But Seltzerboy and Tien (left) employed a bit of strategy, taking the first open seats as close to the front as possible. When the train roared back to the platform, they were able to ride again ($4, rerides have priority) and move up into the now-vacated front seat.
We all rode at least twice and then headed to nearby Totonno's, first passing the curiously named Pizza on the Run (right) on the way.
Totonno's was pretty near full when we arrived, but we were able to squeeze the six of us into the booth nearest the oven. Matt showed up about five minutes later. "You better like plain, pepperoni, or garlic, 'cause that's what we ordered," we told him. Everyone must have been hungry because they certainly didn't give me a chance to play pizzarazzi with the pie before grabbing a slice of the plain pie (right).
nycslice (10:41:2 PM): yo yo yo
nycslice (10:41:9 PM): what'd you think of totonno's today?
nycslice (10:41:28 PM): everyone seemed to say it was "missing something"
tien (10:43:58 PM): hey hey hey
tien (10:44:5 PM): it was good
tien (10:44:8 PM): but...
tien (10:44:14 PM): it was a little undercooked
tien (10:44:16 PM): i thought
nycslice (10:44:35 PM): ah
tien (10:44:36 PM): like, i could smell the uncooked dough
nycslice (10:44:39 PM): the plain pie?
tien (10:44:45 PM): i think so
nycslice (10:44:57 PM): I noticed it seemed a little doughy right below the sauce
tien (10:45:4 PM): yeah
nycslice (10:45:10 PM): but the bottom of the crust -- i thought that was pretty good. nice char. [above right]
nycslice (10:45:14 PM): it was crisp
tien (10:45:15 PM): true
tien (10:45:22 PM): maybe too hot?
tien (10:45:24 PM): i dunno
nycslice (10:45:25 PM): hmm
tien (10:45:31 PM): so it would cook the bottom
tien (10:45:34 PM): but not the rest
nycslice (10:45:35 PM): like maybe the bottom cooked faster than the rest
nycslice (10:45:38 PM): possibly
nycslice (10:46:2 PM): it was markedly crisper than the last few times i've been to totonno's
tien (10:46:16 PM): i cant remember the last time
nycslice (10:46:32 PM): i didn't observe any tip sag until we got to the garlic pie
tien (10:46:42 PM): hmm
tien (10:46:46 PM): i liked the garlic pie
tien (10:46:57 PM): but i wish the garlic was more evenly distributed
nycslice (10:49:54 PM): i only had one skinny slice of the garlic
nycslice (10:50:1 PM): and mine was pretty garlicky
tien (10:50:10 PM): which might have been a reason for tip sag
nycslice (10:50:11 PM): seltzerboy had at least two
nycslice (10:50:24 PM): but he's not on AIM, so I can't ask him
tien (10:51:21 PM): i liked the pep
tien (10:51:31 PM): pepperoni
nycslice (10:52:41 PM): yeah. it was my favorite of the day
tien (10:52:51 PM): i like their pepperoni
tien (10:52:55 PM): has some spice to it
nycslice (10:52:57 PM): i should have grabbed a second piece
nycslice (10:53:11 PM): totonno's seems to use the top-notch peps. really good ingredients there. the cheese was phenomenal
tien (10:53:23 PM): indeed
IT'S ALL FUN AND GAMES
You can't go to Coney without A) riding the Cyclone (check) B) eating at Nathan's or Totonno's (check; Tien had both) and C) playing some games (left). We did some Skeeball, won some tickets, and traded them in for prizes. Blah blah blah.
One of the prizes somehow made its way to a high perch in the girders of the 36th Street D/N/Q station in Brooklyn, where it will stand watching the iron horses until an attentive straphanger or station maintenance crew removes it.
Coney Island Now Open [Gothamist]
Coney Island, Opening Day [VJArmy.com]
Coney Island Opening Day - 2006 [Tien Mao's Little Read Book]
Yes, That Is Tien on the Cover of Metro New York [Gothamist]
Cyclone Opening Day 2006 [Slice's Flickr photo set]