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Do you enjoy visiting the New York Aquarium in Coney Island, but find yourself heading to Nathan’s for a hotdog instead of a meal in their cafe?

Now you can stay put.

On March 10, the new Seaside Cafe opened in the aquarium in a completely revamped space. To celebrate the grand opening the cafe hosted a chili cook-off between firemen, but the judges declared a tie between the members of Engine 318 and Ladder 166 (from left) Billy Scanlan, Ferry Robergeau, Danny Lind and Mark Gleason.

The new eatery now seats 130 (up from 50) and the glittering beige tiles, fabulous chandelier dripping with glass and coral and laminated tables embossed with fish motifs lend the room a ’50s retro feel.

Kids will find everything they crave on the cafe’s "All American" menu. There are heroes, calzones, burgers and fries and hotdogs. Order pizza and it will arrive at the table fresh from the cafe’s new three-level pizza oven.

Parents can dive into platters from the "sustainable Seafood menu" with a clear conscience. The Alaskan wild-caught salmon, hoki (a white fish) from New Zealand, Pacific cod and albacore tuna are purchased from humane fisheries and none are on the list of endangered species. Catering is available and the lovely room can be rented for special occasions.

Seaside Cafe at the New York Aquarium (602 Surf Ave. at West Eighth Street in Coney Island) accepts MasterCard and Visa. Dishes: $2-$9. The cafe is open from 10 am to 5 pm daily. For more information, call (718) 265-FISH (3474) or visit www.nyaquarium.com.

Updated 4:00 pm, November 10, 2010
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