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Defonte's Sandwich Shop

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379 Columbia St, Red Hook, Brooklyn, NY
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  • Food
    5 of 5 stars
    Service
    5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Most recent review
Fried eggplant, mozzarella roast beef on Italian bun. the tastiest piece of history you will probably ever eat. A must!

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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 23, 2015
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New York, New York, United States
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New York, New York, United States
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38 reviews 38 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2015 NEW

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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Sydney, Australia
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162 restaurant reviews
146 helpful votes 146 helpful votes
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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Suffern, New York
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
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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North Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2014

They have fresh meat and deli products. They give big portion of sandwich and soup. They are very reasonable compare to New York city price.

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Johnson City, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2014

D and had to go, we had 4 different sandwiches and they were amazing, can't remember the names, sorry, worth the trip

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Bhubaneswar, India
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7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 12, 2014

Fresh, tasty breakfast ! Lots of options. Great way to start the day. Excellent sandwiches, muffins and hot chocolate / coffee.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 31, 2013 via mobile

Went here for lunch after working in the bbt all day. Got a "small" roast beef and fresh mozzarella sub. It was out of this world. By the time I got to Manhattan it was gone! Didn't need to eat dinner after that.

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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

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