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.
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
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.
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]