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Defonte's of Brooklyn

Gramercy Park
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261 3rd Ave, New York City, NY 10010
+1 212-614-1500
09:30 - 20:00
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Sun 09:30 - 17:00
Mon - Fri 09:30 - 20:00
Sat 09:30 - 04:00
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Hamilton, Canada
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146 reviews
68 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 October 2013 via mobile

My friend and I split the Nicky Special and the Roast Beef sandwiches. Both were very good. The Nicky Special was a bold and bright sandwich with lots of character - a riot of flavours. The Roast Beef was a mellow blend that just really worked nicely together - a master symphony of subtleties playing very well together. We both... More 

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Alexandria, VA
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19 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 September 2013

Was staying at a hotel nearby and saw it mentioned on the Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives website--was not disappointed--great sandwich, friendly people behind the counter--if you want a good, old-style Italian hero, this is your place.

1 Thank chuckn
Dublin, Ireland
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420 reviews
255 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 144 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 September 2013

After a humid stroll around Red Hook we headed to DeFonte's for their acclaimed sandwiches and were not disappointed by either the sandwiches themselves or the theater of their production and purchase. We had a hot pastrami and a roast beef sandwich, 20 bucks - can't beat it!

1 Thank Gregory C
Wilmington, Delaware
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93 reviews
72 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 August 2013

This was our second stop in our food tour of NYC. When we found the place in was a small store packed with people in line. A good sign! We met several NYC Firefighters who were also ordering food. Another good sign because they love to eat. Good sandwiches!! All of the sandwiches’ have a great nick names when they... More 

2 Thank Cheap_but_Good
Charlotte, NC
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235 reviews
179 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 314 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 August 2013

The fresh seeded Italian bread was excellent and our sandwiches piled high with meats, cheeses, lettuce, tomato, and their special hot salad (a perfect ratio of bread to fillings). I had the Little Nicky and my wife had the Italian tuna. The seating is limited but what a joy to see people come in and observe their sandwiches being constructed.... More 

2 Thank 1NCfoodie
Brooklyn, NY
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332 reviews
228 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 141 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 August 2013

Defonte's is a local gem in Red Hook and makes all kinds of great hot and cold sandwiches. I had a hot eggplant parmesan sandwich with red peppers. It was made on a deliciously fresh hero bread. I downed it with a cold soda and it was so tasty I licked my fingers. This is mostly a take out place... More 

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41 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 August 2013 via mobile

Good place..friendly stuff..but not the best roast beef sandwich...tried better before...read the article about this place...i wonder if they served him something else...found it good, not great...

1 Thank Oxana K
New York City, New York
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147 reviews
101 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 64 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 May 2013

Great Italian sandwiches - I had the sausage and peppers and it was better than my Mom's! One of the few places where you can still see freshly roasted turkey, roast beef, pork. Super friendly service, attentive.

1 Thank gcosta58
New York
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130 reviews
89 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 71 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 April 2013 via mobile

We're regulars here. As are so many others! Have yet to try any sandwich we didn't love. They are HUGE and super fresh. These folks have got it going on. If you find yourself in Gramercy and just want to grab a hell of a hero, this is the place.

1 Thank HuntleyNewYork
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80 reviews
71 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 March 2013

Lunch on the go in NYC, saw the trip advisor reviews and was close by so tried it. Didn't actually opt for the hero route though. Saw the meatballs and couldn't resist. Portion was huge, 5 in total with sauce and mozzarella. Good meatballs, good sauce, good cheese and enough left over for a snack later. What more could you... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
USD 5 - USD 10
American, Italian, Delicatessen
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Delivery
Good for
Child-friendly, Cheap Eats
Open Hours
09:30 - 17:00
09:30 - 20:00
09:30 - 20:00
09:30 - 20:00
09:30 - 20:00
09:30 - 20:00
09:30 - 04:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 261 3rd Ave, New York City, NY 10010
  • Location: United States  >  New York (NY)  >  New York City>  > Gramercy Park
  • Neighbourhood: Gramercy Park
  • Phone Number: +1 212-614-1500

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