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Defonte's Sandwich Shop

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379 Columbia St, Red Hook, NY
+1 718-285-4310
9:30 am - 8:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 9:30 am - 8:00 pm
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Carlisle, United Kingdom
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5 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Took half a day out of our trip to NYC to visit Defonte's in Red Hook after seeing it on Diners, Drive In's and Dives on UK television. We weren't disappointed. We took the free IKEA ferry from Pier 11 in Manhatten (great views of down town and the statue of Liberty thrown into the bargin) and walked about 15... More 

Thank RichieLumsdon
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20 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 2, 2016 via mobile

Shrimp..calamari.filet of fish..steak pizziaola..just to name a few of the best..just simply delicious

Thank Oilman43
Sydney, Australia
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764 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 272 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 9, 2016

The Cuban sandwich we had for breakfast was really great. Roast pork, ham, double melted swiss cheese, pickles and gravy on a crispy roll were very satisfying and great value. It fed two of us easily. The only challenge was navigating our way there on foot after crossing the Gowanus Expressway from the Carroll Gardens side.

Thank Riddoch88
Weyauwega, Wisconsin
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4 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 30, 2016

During our recent visit to NYC we made it our mission to find Defonte's in Brooklyn. Not only were our deli sandwiches OUTSTANDING, we were treated like royalty! Thank you Larry. K & L from Wisconsin

Thank Karen S
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 21, 2016 via mobile

These are the best Sandwiches I have ever ate and luckily it was only one hundred meter away from our apartment. Great selection and a great staff.

Thank Roman S
New York City, New York
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14 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 15, 2016

Amazing sandwich shop, family run for what seems like 100 years. Hot roast beef soaking in gravy waiting to be sliced and placed on perfectly fresh hero bread. Fresh ham, brisket, fresh hot turkey, cold cuts, you name it they have it. Counter an who has been there over 30 years. I know because he made my first sandwich in... More 

Thank Mark R
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28 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 25, 2016 via mobile

A Brooklyn landmark, if you ever spent any amount of time in Brooklyn you've either heard of or eaten at Defontes! One of the best sandwich shops in the city, a classic New York and Brooklyn experience . They are best known for their homemade selections but a classic cold cut sandwich is also available. Try it out, you'll be... More 

Thank Christopher A
New York City, New York
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50 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 18, 2016 via mobile

Went around 2pm on a Saturday and was surprised there was no line. This is a must do place for filling, authentic Italian sandwiches. Had the Enzo sandwich with roast beef, broccoli rabe and spicy salad. Delicious. Nice outdoor picnic table area to sit and eat too. Amazing spot for locals but if I was a foodie tourist trying to... More 

Thank LBinNYC
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91 reviews
65 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 116 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 24, 2016

I was hoping for a taste of Italy, or at least NY style Italy.... I ordered 4 big sandwiches...$40 or so. Only one was pronounced good...the Cuban. Bland tasteless red sauce, not a hint of garlic or oregano, overworked pasty meatballs w/no texture on special no-taste bread. Mushy eggplant slices...the food is kept warm in a steam table. The roasted... More 

Thank p.zindler
Brooklyn, New York
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638 reviews
482 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 85 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 20, 2016

Great heros, nice guys, sandwiches big enough to share. Been around for ages and now have Manhattan location too.


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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Good for
Families with children, Kids, Dining on a budget
Open Hours
9:30 am - 8:00 pm
9:30 am - 8:00 pm
9:30 am - 8:00 pm
9:30 am - 8:00 pm
9:30 am - 8:00 pm
9:30 am - 8:00 pm
9:30 am - 8:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 379 Columbia St, Red Hook, NY
  • Location: United States  >  New York (NY)  >  Red Hook
  • Phone Number: +1 718-285-4310

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?