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Defonte's Sandwich Shop

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379 Columbia St, Red Hook, Brooklyn, NY 11231-1833
9:30 am - 8:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 9:30 am - 8:00 pm
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Weyauwega, Wisconsin
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4 reviews
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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
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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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11 reviews
8 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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48 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 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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546 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 77 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.

New York City, New York
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159 reviews
118 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 67 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 16, 2016

Yeah yeah the sandwiches are great but seriously, is it me or back in the day every NY deli made a sandwich of this quality? Walk into any NY deli today and ask for a small hero. They'll take out the Boars Head Roast Beef out of the wrapper, then the Boars Head cheese out of the wrapper, then the... More 

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Sayville, New York
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174 reviews
57 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 58 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 28, 2016

Okay, like about 95 percent of readers, I watch Food Network also and say "if I'm in that area...I'm going to try that place". And if you're like us it's usually a 50-50 shot that the place measures up. This place MEASURES UP. I was fortunate to land a project in the Red Hook section of Brooklyn right down the... More 

Thank Steve T
Normal, Illinois
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 14, 2016

HUGE SANDWICHES! Be careful of your eyes being bigger than your stomach. I was working with a customer in Brooklyn that knew Defonte's. They warned me about the size of the sandwiches. Glad I heeded what they said. I ended up with a turkey, muenster, on rye. Flavorful, with lots of meat and cheese. Customers had turkey & swiss and... More 

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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
Italian, American
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Good for
Families with children, 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, Brooklyn, NY 11231-1833
  • Location: United States  >  New York (NY)  >  Brooklyn
  • Phone Number: 7182854310

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