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Mar 19, 2007 04:38 PM

Roast Beef in Brooklyn--where's the best now?

I'm not in Brooklyn much anymore but am ready for a serious Roast Beef sandwich.

I remember the roast beef at John's Deli (Wednesdays only) as being transcendent. On long loaves of italian bread, with a giant styro cup of gravy to pour on, french dip style. Don't know if its worth taking a day off work for, though, since I work way too far away to make a trip just for lunch.

I always thought Roll n Roaster was overrated.

Anyone been to Brennan and Carr lately? Is it still there?

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  1. It is still there. Had it for the first time this summer. Thought it was really good. Dafonte's also makes a great roast beef sandwich, especially with fresh mozarella and fried eggplant.

    1. Brennan and Carr is still there and still pretty great. It rocks more for the whole vibe of the place then just because they make exquisite roast beef. The sandwich is very tasty though, especially in that atmo. But, my favorite roast beef sandwich in Bklyn HANDS DOWN is the one at DeFonte's in Red Hook. Roast Beef on seeded Italian with fresh mozz, fried eggplant, salt, pepper and gravy. Perfection.

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      1. re: HankyT

        I'll second DeFonte's. Bierkraft makes a mean sandwich, too, using Nieman Ranch roast beef.

          1. re: MaspethMaven

            If you get Marty Markowitz's Yay Brooklyn rag, it has a big writeup on Johns Deli in the issue that arrived in my mailbos TODAY.

          2. re: HankyT

            john's deli is on stillwell ave btwn avenue t and 86th st in gravesend. agree with the others that it's very good.


            also, i'd like to third defonte's for their roast beef/eggplant/mozzarella hero. get there earlier in the day if possible, and remember that they close early and are closed all day on sundays.

            two other places i'd like to mention are clemente's and monte's. i've had great roast beef sandwiches at both in the past, although i haven't been to either in a while.

          3. I grew up on B & C and I must say my childhood memories of the roast beef was much better than the few times I visited in recent years. The roast beef is consistently over cooked & dry w/ little flavor even when it's dipped in the jus.

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            1. re: Mulberry

              If you want "real" conventional roast beef (sometimes even medium rare, if your lucky) get a sandwich at Eagle Provisions on 5th Ave and 18th St. Lettuce, tomato, mustard if you wish, but no gravy with this one.

            2. Brennan and Car on Nostrand is still good. Zeke's is long gone . R N R is good in my book.
              O'Neils make a nice French Dip in Queens and So does Donovans,

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              1. re: FAL

                I cheered the day Zeke's closed down. That place was dirty, expensive, and ... dirty. And they were always looking for ways to rip you off. They had a $1 menu during their last year of operation... the $1 burger was a frozen Pathmark patty on a bun... and the patty was still pretty frozen when they put it on the bun. But it didn't feel like one of those places you should send back your food... out of fear more than anything. In comparison, I would have rather had a New York City Public School lunchroom burger.

                And Roll N Roasters is a disgrace.

                Best roast beef sandwich I had was at a deli somewhere in downtown Brooklyn (or in that general area), but it was a pretty generic deli and the name escapes me. Nice juicy in-house roasted beef on toasted garlic bread with your choice of toppings. And I'm pretty sure a soda came with it. I will go search for it.