Philadelphia, PA - A taste of Coney Island is coming to Philadelphia. Lawrence Mach and Michael Tang bring together Mexican and American street food and add a Southeast Asian twist. Their new fast-casual eatery and BYO at Hamilton Court on July 9th.
Coney Island is Coming to Philadelphia
Coney Shack's journey to Philadelphia dates back to 2013 when Mach followed his life-long passion for food and purchased a street food cart that would become known as the number one ranked restaurant in all of Brooklyn in 2015. That same year, Coney Shack also earned Mach a hard-earned Vendy Award for Rookie of the Year.
In 2015, Coney Shack hit the road as a traveling food truck where it brought its unique menu to pop-ups, festivals, flea markets, and special events. In 2017, Coney Shack went brick-and-mortar and moved into Urban Space on West 52nd Street. A year later, Coney Shack expanded to a third location in the heart of Times Square. Coney Shack was selected by Urban Space and Times Square Alliance to operate out of a shipping container kitchen.
When the pandemic hit, Coney Shack was set to have its best year ever - and then the world stopped. Coney Shack continued to operate and pivot during the pandemic at its permanent location in Urban Space Food Hall, at 152 West 52nd Street. Mach went forward to partner with Tang to bring the flavorful brand to while the Times Square shipping container kitchen and the Coney Island Art Wall locations continue to be closed due to the global crisis.
Tang may sound like a familiar name to Philadelphia foodies Tang recently opened his first outpost of SET NoLibs on N. 2nd Street at Liberties Walk. The popular Instagram-ready restaurant and sports bar is part of the hottest food neighborhood in Philadelphia during the pandemic. SET is at the very epicenter of the fastest-growing food block in the city - that is home to recently opened Anejo, Urban Village Brewing Company, El Camino Real, Apricot Stone, Hikari Sushi, Baan Thai, and soon to open Figo and Figo Pizzeria (in the former home of Wahlburgers).
Coney Shack is ready to bring the fun and flavors of Coney Island to Philadelphia. While Coney Shack's name pays homage to Mach's foodie roots in Coney Island, the name has come to mean so much more - and celebrates the diverse and welcoming community in Coney Island that first welcomes Mach. It also represents his goal to add his own cooking style and family roots to Coney Island staples - with a menu that includes over-the-top hot dogs, award-winning tacos, burritos, bowls, wings, fish and chips, waffle fries, and house-made juices. When opened, foodies will find bold flavors, well-executed dishes, fun and casual vibes, and food that can easily be walked around from the beach to the boardwalk to the streets of Philadelphia.
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