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Best Sandwich in Slope/Carroll Gardens?

I'm looking for a damn good sandwich in the Slope/Caroll Gardens/Boerum Hill area.


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  1. I'm not sure about the location of Boerum Hill, but if it's close, I'd rec Defonte's (sp?).I think it may be located in Red Hook, but they make killer sandwiches. :-}

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    1. re: Tay

      Defontes is on Columbia St. in Red Hook, a couple blocks south of the Battery Tunnel entrance. They do indeed make a fine sandwich, particularly a great roast beef. It's near, but not in, the above-named neighborhoods. Open until 3 or 4, closed Sundays.

      1. re: Woodside Al

        I'm pretty sure it's at Columbia and Luquer. It's on the corner. Their roast beef, mozzarella and fried eggplant sandwich is worth the trip if you can get there.

        1. re: Mike11201

          Agree on DeFonte's. Very good bread. Great roast beef. Also great roast pork. The fried eggplant is great. You can ask them to add it to any sandwich I think. Also recommend Nicky's Special. Many different types of cured meat, provolone, fried eggplant, crunchy spicy pickled vegetables.

          But if you don't have a car or bike, could be a pain to get to depending on where in the area you live. More within the stated neighborhoods, I'd recommend Catene Deli on Ninth St near Fourth Ave. Smaller place, maybe a more limited selection, but the roast beef (ask for them to douse it in their nice brothy gravy) is very tasty.

    2. I know a lot of people love the sandwiches at Tempo Presto, I do too. I also like Press 195. Both are on 5th Avenue. The only thing is you can't really sit and eat at Tempo Presto.

      1. You would be surprised, but on Flatbush between Bergen and St. Marks, Mitchells Bar and Grill has fantastic sandwiches. It is a restaurant and bar in the back, but you wouldn't know it since when you first walk in they have a sandwich bar. Not gourmet or anything (like Press or Tempo, both very good), but big hearty sandwiches made on quality bread. Make your own or order off the menu, beware the ridiculous creations though

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        1. re: ginsbera

          In that same vein City Sub on Bergen between Flatbush and 5th Ave. is very good. Not gourmet by any stretch but a couple of notches up from standard deli fare.

          1. re: Bob Martinez

            Have to say, I tried City Sub and thought it was a Subway. I wanted to like it, wanted to have another option for a standard sandwich, but I found it pretty bad. My gf also had it and while she wasn't as disappointed as me she thought it was nothing special and preferred Mitchell's hands down.

            1. re: Bob Martinez

              Couldn't agree more about City Sub--they'll make whatever you want however you want it. One caveat, though, if you're looking for superlative Italian deli meats, this is not the place--they have good but standard of those. Everything else is wonderful, though.

          2. A and S Pork Store on Fifth Avenue, good sandwiches, but no tables. Have to take out.

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            1. re: gfood

              they are closing, but moving to 5th btw 2nd and 3rd in the next few months.

              1. re: ginsbera

                Thanks everyone! Clearly I need to check out De Fontes.

                What about favorite panini style sandwiches? Or inventive a la 'wichcraft?

                1. re: margieslocal

                  Press 195 and Tempo Presto in Park Slope

            2. Do you like banh mi? Don't miss Hanco's just off of Smith Street. There's a Nicky's nearby too, on Atlantic Avenue, but I personally prefer Hanco's.

              1. Joe's Superette at 349 Smith Street.

                I always ask for an Italian, then he asks me to tell him exactly what I want, then I ask him what comes on an Italian. Then we agree that it's ham, salami, and capicola. I opt for fresh mozzerella (there's provolone if you prefer), onions, tomatoes, oil and vinegar, S&P and oregano. There are other toppings, too: lettuce, peppers, maybe others. The bread is the best.

                Try all 3 varieties of rice balls, too: 1. rice and cheese (my favorite), 2. prosciutto, and 3. beef with peas. And coke or diet coke in glass bottles.

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                1. re: majorette

                  One of the least friendly stores it's ever been my displeasure to enter in NYC. The store looks dusty and mostly abandoned. The guy behind the bare counter stood there reading a paper, looked at me when I walked in, then went back to reading his paper. When I said "Hi, can I get a sandwich?" he looked up and literally stared at me silently for about two minutes while I stood there. When I asked him again if I could get a sandwich he answered "what kind?" When I volunteered "I don't know, maybe something like chicken parm or meatball?," he replied "No" and went back to reading his paper. I stood there for another few seconds and left.

                  1. re: Woodside Al

                    Wow, way to conduct a business. Never coming there, thanks for the heads up!

                    1. re: Woodside Al

                      I can't speak to his being a jerk but probably the reason you got a blank stare is that they don't make hot sandwiches. Only cold, Italian subs. Again, his handling was bad but Joe's doesn't do 'em.


                      1. re: Larry Brooks

                        Or it's a front for another kind of business!

                        ...and it's closed http://pardonmeforasking.blogspot.com...

                        ...and, the owner is dead. Jeez.

                        Mr Taster

                    2. re: majorette

                      Embarrassingly, because I live in the hood, I thought until reading this post that this place was called "Joe's Perette"...just realizing the sign is missing a "u"....Anyway, agree that the rice balls are amazing, to die for (not tried the beef yet). Sandwiches are definitely good and tasty, with quality meats, but didn't LOVE the bread. Not the crispy, sesame seed Italian bread I personally prefer but still a solid sandwich.

                      RE: Woodside Al, sounds like you definitely a bad experience but I found the guy today perfectly friendly once you engaged him. The place is definitely way old school -- we're talking barely anything on the shelves except dusty canned food and not necessarily the cleanest place in the world, but perfectly good food and recommended.

                    3. Russo's Italian market on 7th Ave and 11th st. makes some of the best sandwiches Ive had anywhere. Their eggplant sandwich is killer.

                      1. I think there are several good options in the the slope. As several people have mentioned, Tempo makes great sandwiches.

                        Snice has several good vegetarian/vegan options.

                        City Sub is good for basic deli options.

                        Bierkraft can make a great sandwhich with your choice of meat, cheese, and othetr toppings - lots of good options to explore.

                        I had 2 bad - awful experiences at Press 185, I would not return.

                        1. I have had good sandwiches at esposito pork store on court. chicken cutlet with prosciutto, mozzarella, peppers.....good bread. plus, a bonus, rice balls

                          other stuff looked good to me, too, but I always seem to get that one

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                          1. re: BillyBob

                            I agree and you're correct - the other stuff is good. G. Esposito has some of the best homemade soppresseta (regular and spicy) in the area.

                            1. re: BillyBob

                              oh wow, i might have to try that out this week. i usually stick w/ grilled chicken, eggplant, mozz & pepps.