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Defonte's Sandwich Shop

American, Sandwiches, Delicatessen
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379 Columbia St, Red Hook, Brooklyn, NY
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Dining options: Lunch

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  • Food
    5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Great Sandwiches and Friendly Staff

Delicious sandwiches,great service,and a very personable experience! Will definitely return here to try more on the menu! The owner was so friendly; my husband and I enjoyed the conversation that we had--our visit to Defonte's made our day trip out to Brooklyn extra special.

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 20, 2015
Sudharshini J
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2015

Delicious sandwiches,great service,and a very personable experience! Will definitely return here to try more on the menu! The owner was so friendly; my husband and I enjoyed the conversation that we had--our visit to Defonte's made our day trip out to Brooklyn extra special.

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brooklyn, ny
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2015

This is where the dock workers used to eat man sized sandwiches before the hipster invasion of Brooklyn. When you would get scared to be on the street for fear of getting robbed people who knew what they were doing showed up here for lunch. A working mans place. Sandwiches made by the same guys like Nicky for the last... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2015

Great sandwich shop in the middle of Red Hook.... You have to try any sandwich with the fresh mozzarella... The mozzarella is made fresh everyday...Great sandwiches. . They're a little expensive but it's worth it. .

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Staten Island, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2015

I've been grabbing lunch here for years and definitely set in my order. I always get a simple platter of potato and eggs casserole with a side of sliced roast beef. Prices can be a little high for a deli type setting but the food is good. Recommend for a quick stop.

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New York, New York, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2015

Best roast beef ever in my mind, best sandwich shop in 5 boroughs in my mind, best class act deli and old school charm in my mind. honored by the Italian American association as an Italian icon and received the Frank Sinatra tribute award, given to only 100 businesses around the country for their contributions to Italian American culture. Defonte's... More 

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Absecon, New Jersey
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 11, 2015

sandwiches were good quality and big enough with good price.it is very close to comfort inn hotel where we stayed

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 16, 2015

The famous defontes sandwich shop of brooklyn is open on Staten Island. With all the perfection they have in Bklyn for decades they opened on water st off bay. I've had the roast beef, steak pizziola, sausage and peppers and chicken parm and all were made with the famous defontes touch. The only thing wrong here is that they close... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 21, 2014

Visiting here as part of a tour, we really enjoyed the potato and eggs with Virginia ham sandwich and the friendly staff and blue collar atmosphere of the shop only added to the experience. The range of choices here is vast.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2014

The only problem was that there are so many choices that I had an anxiety attack during my decision. I went with the prosciutto, mozzarella, eggplant and pepper sandwich. It was great in NY and saved the rest for when I returned home in Florida!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2014

My father ate here while growing up in Redhook as a boy. The place has been around since the 1920's I'm told. He recalled the overstuffed sandwiches on the terrific bread. By chance I happened to work in the neighborhood years later. I ate here more than dare to imagine over 17 years. Hakuna Matata! We have continued the circle... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 379 Columbia St, Red Hook, Brooklyn, NY
  • Location: United States  >  New York (NY)  >  Brooklyn

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: American, Sandwiches, Delicatessen

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