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Best Sandwich in Slope/Carroll Gardens?

margieslocal Sep 3, 2008 09:29 PM

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


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    Tay Sep 4, 2008 12:59 AM

    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
      Woodside Al Sep 4, 2008 05:53 AM

      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
        Mike11201 Sep 4, 2008 01:09 PM

        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
          hhhippo Sep 4, 2008 08:18 PM

          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.

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      MrsT Sep 4, 2008 08:05 AM

      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.

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        ginsbera Sep 4, 2008 08:56 AM

        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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          Bob Martinez Sep 4, 2008 11:29 AM

          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
            ginsbera Sep 4, 2008 01:15 PM

            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
              altobarb Sep 5, 2008 08:51 AM

              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.

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            gfood Sep 4, 2008 05:49 PM

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

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              ginsbera Sep 4, 2008 06:00 PM

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

              1. re: ginsbera
                margieslocal Sep 5, 2008 11:10 AM

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

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

                1. re: margieslocal
                  ginsbera Sep 5, 2008 11:59 AM

                  Press 195 and Tempo Presto in Park Slope

            2. bread for breakfast Sep 5, 2008 12:05 PM

              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.

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                majorette Sep 19, 2008 10:03 PM

                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
                  Woodside Al Sep 20, 2008 10:59 PM

                  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.

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                    Sammiches Sep 21, 2008 04:53 AM

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

                    1. re: Woodside Al
                      Larry Brooks Sep 21, 2008 11:03 AM

                      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
                        Mr Taster Sep 22, 2011 01:01 PM

                        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
                      bbc37 Apr 19, 2009 12:38 PM

                      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.

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                      jeeg Sep 21, 2008 07:23 AM

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

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                        millerd Sep 22, 2008 12:44 PM

                        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.

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                          BillyBob Sep 23, 2008 12:13 PM

                          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
                            MShapiro Sep 23, 2008 12:32 PM

                            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
                              the_state Sep 23, 2008 01:51 PM

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

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