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Looking for Bloody Good Roast Beef Sandwich

Manhattan just doesn't seem to have any good warm RB sandwiches sliced to order. The delis are better for pastrami, the bars for corned beef. In the good old days you could go into a Blarney Stone and get thinly sliced red rare roast beef, dunk the roll in the bloody jus and have a cold beer. Defonte's roast beef is pretty good but not what I'm looking for. I am very "rarely" stumped when I get a craving but this time I'm throwing up my hands. Where's the beef hounds?

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  1. can't think of one in Manhattan....But Fiore's or Vito's in Hoboken might right up your ally

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    1. re: Cpalms

      Fiore's roast beef sandwich is unbelievable--totally in a different league than any I've ever tasted. Fresh sliced rare prime rib on a good, chewy hero roll, w/ a pile of homemade mozz and this incredibly rich, deep brown, oniony house made jus (so rich I actually get it on the side, and then use leftovers to drizzle on burgers, etc.). I also like to add a dose of the (insanely garlicky) roasted red peppers. They only make the roast beef sandwich some days of the week (including Sat.), and so do your homework before making the trip, but do make the trip at some point.

    2. Just customized my RB sandwich at Defonte's. Hold the fried eggplant that they put on everything. Just rare RB, plenty of blood, dunk the bread in the jus, freshly made mutz and hot cherry peppers. The Roast Beef sandwich of my dreams!

      1. Indeed -- oh, for the days of the hot buffets at places like Blarney Stone (or, even better, McAnn's). I think there's still at McAnn's somewhere north of 42nd St. on Third Avenue.

        I recall fondly places my uncle used to take me that *gave away* hot roast beef sandwiches at "happy hour." They were carved to order and were juicy and delicious. Those times (and those bars) are gone.

        I've had "French Dip" sandwiches in NYC recently, but not one that I'd recommend.

        1. To be honest, the best I've had is making my own with the very very good sliced to order roast beef from Whole Foods. It's usually very red and sliced as you like it and with a nice baguette and some spreadable blue cheese from the cheese dept. you can make a great sandwich for yourself.

          1. does anyone know where i can find a bOSTON STYLE roast beef sandwich- Onion roll and bbq sauce- Kelly's Mike's.....?

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            1. re: sawah27

              I second that - Nothing around NYC that I have found come close... I was disspointed with This LIttle Piggy. I recently tried the Tri-Tip grill in Roc Center but it wasn't exectly what I wanted. I would like to find a Kelly' s style place in New York but I can't seem to find any... :(

              1. re: sawah27

                I've been having the craving for a super beef with sauce and cheese myself. I always try to hit Kelly's on Route 1 first thing when I'm back in Boston. Nothing like it here that I know of.

              2. I've been meaning to try This Little Piggy Had Roast Beef. Sounds like people are loving it. Maybe that'll satisfy the craving?

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                1. re: plantainsandkimchi

                  It's tasty, but not quite as rare as it could be. Actually, I'd say closer to medium.

                  1. re: glutton08

                    Is there any way to request the roast beef a bit more rare at Piggy or these other places?

                  2. re: plantainsandkimchi

                    I love the guys behind Artichoke Pizza. I think they really hit on something with the pizza and while I don't love the artichoke slice itself, the margherita and square are worthy of honorable mention. Artichoke Pizza has a Staten Island vibe while the next door dessert place, Led Zeppole positively exudes Coney Island and is equally memorable. The newest location flying the Artichoke flag is around the corner on 1st Avenue between 9th and 10th (in the old Birdies fried chicken space for those of us who keep score) and is intended as an homage to Sheepshead Bay, specifically Brennan and Carr and Roll-N-Roaster and is called "This Little Piggy Had Roast Beef". What we're talkin' about here is your choice of having your sandwich "This Way"-Roll-N-Roaster style on a roll with Cheez Wiz and au jus or "That Way"-Brennan and Carr style on a hero with gravy and fresh mutz (mozzarella). I have waxed poetic about Irish roast beef heros before and lamented their gradual disappearance. So I welcomed the opening of TLPHRB with open arms even if the owners were Italian given the Artichoke track record. And while maybe faithful to the sandwiches they were inspired by, I cannot recommend ordering That Way unless you like grey gristly meat drowning in gravy that tastes like it came out of a can on a too toasted hero which could not be saved by even the Artichoke first rate fresh mozzarella cheese. The smaller cheez wiz covered roast beef on a roll This Way was no better. The third option on the menu was aptly named "The Other Thing"-pastrami on rye with mustard and coleslaw. I would sooner order the Philly Cheesesteak at Katz's Deli, a slightly less perverse option. Unfortunately, I have to pronounce judgment and recommend if you must go to This Little Piggy that you go "That Way"-straight up Third Avenue to 21st Street and order a roast beef sandwich with fresh mozzarella on a roll with your choice of toppings at Defonte's.

                  3. What about Brennan & Carr? Is that up your alley?


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                    1. re: CantStopEating

                      Guttergourmet is perfectly describing a Brennan and Carr triple dipped roast beef sammich on a roll. Add some sauteed onions and you will be in heaven. Sorry, you will have to go to Brooklyn, Nostrand Ave and Ave U.

                        1. re: Motosport

                          I grew up in the neighborhood (mom still lives there); I must try Brennan and Carr. Saw photos posted on Yelp, and the roast beef looks great! Sorry to ask: do they have tables to eat in the restaurant or is it take-out, or both?

                          1. re: ellenost

                            Both, they have a very cozy dining room with waiter service.

                      1. This Little Piggy is good, but the beef is so well done it's gray and crumbly. Oh, and the beef stew is saltier than a, well, a very salty thing. Almost inedible. Hey, Piggies, if we think it needs more salt, let US add it, please...and the weird mayo on the potato salad made it totally inedible.

                        So yeah, bloody roast beef. You might want to buy some from the East Village Meat Market on 2nd Ave between St Marks Place and 9th Street, buy a nice roll from Moishe's Kosher Bakery on 2nd and 7th, and assemble your own sandwich.

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                        1. re: Miss Rennie

                          East Village Meat market-been there done that. Like Moishe's too.

                        2. I just came acorss this little piggy...glad to see reviews.

                          1. I'm craving a good Buffalo-style beef on weck sandwich. That got me through many a night while I was in college. Well, that and Bacci pizza.

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                            1. re: ejmuller

                              I had an OK version at Bonnie's in Brooklyn

                            2. Garden of Eden usually has their own in-house roast beef which is very rare. It's not a french dip, floating in juice affair, but if a bloody rare roast beef suits your needs, this might surprise.

                              Defonte's would be my first suggestion though.

                              Garden of Eden
                              7 E 14th St, New York, NY 10003

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                              1. re: sugartoof

                                GOE is my off hours go to RB place. Homemade rare. Who needs bread?

                                1. re: guttergourmet

                                  Have you tried the Housemade roast beef at Gourmet Garage in Soho?
                                  The cut they had in the case today was practically tartar looking at the center.

                                  1. re: sugartoof

                                    Will check it out. When I order steak tartare, I always ask for it "rare" ;)

                              2. Houstons has an awesome prime rib sandwich.