Magazine article The New Yorker

Margarita Island

Magazine article The New Yorker

Margarita Island

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Margarita Island

1105 Bowery St., Brooklyn (718-449-1284)

Why waste away in Margaritaville when you can explore the delightful terrain of Margarita Island? This beachy cantina, tucked along Coney Island's neon midway, comprises a tiki-thatched archipelago of snack stands in the magnificent shadow of the Wonder Wheel. Start by ordering a whole watermelon from the Original Coconut Kookoo--its insides blitzed to pink cream--then carry the sloshing globe a few paces to one of the Island's two bars to have it spiked with rum. You might grab some nachos and stop to catch a zombie flick at the 5-D cinema, where you'll be doused with water when blood sprays onscreen. Like a true sea-locked landmass, Margarita Island operates by its own mysterious economy. Thursday evenings progress in loose bills: draft beers are a buck at six, and increase by a dollar hourly until nine o'clock, after which the price sticks at four clams. …

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