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Brooklyn's Best Sandwiches

HankyT Oct 5, 2009 01:40 PM

I'm looking for the best sandwiches in the Borough of Kings. I have some that I'd put on the list; do you have others???

My (incomplete) list of the Best Sandwiches in Brooklyn (in no particular order)
*Panelle Special at Ferdinando's
*Grilled Pork Banh Mi at Ba Xuyen
*DeFonte's Roast Beef, Eggplant, Fresh Mozz, Gravy, S&P (seeded hero)
*Torta from Pueblo Market (not sure which variety)
*Chicken Cutlet Hero from Catene
*Lioni's hero (not sure which one)
*Cubano from Cibao on Smith
*Falafel from ??? used to say The Fountain but I'm not so sure anymore.
*Rollin' Roast Beef (as long as you put onions, gravy, salt and pepper on it)
*Spicy Beef Patty inside coco bread from Christie's

but I know there are more, like does anyone know of a good sabich? Where's the best tuna salad? Pastrami? BLT? Roti? Sausage & Peppers? Chicken Parm?

(You can probably tell I'm a SoBroo cat with little working knowledge of W'burg/G'pernt/B''wick etc. Love to hear suggestions from up north)

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    BonnieB. RE: HankyT Oct 5, 2009 01:56 PM

    Have you ever gone to Carlo's grocery on 20th Ave. and 52nd street? I love their roast beef mozz., their veal pizziaola is very very good, used to be able to cut with a fork. They are a little grocery with a kitchen in the back, daddy does the cooking and the family works the store. Of course other cold cut sandwiches, chickencutlet parm. and more.
    A really good tuna sandwich, for me 2 places 1. Cropsey Bagel LOVE their tuna. I have to bring my mother a container and 2 bagels every weekend. And their bagels are great by the way, they also carry Bell Bialies. 2. Sorry don't know the name, it's the diner on 13th Ave. and 75th street. My girlfriend loves their tuna sandwich. Sometimes we head there for lunch during work and the waiter that works the floor makes one of the best egg creams I had in a long long time.

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      selenster RE: HankyT Oct 5, 2009 02:16 PM

      williamsburg: HANA FOODS. open 24 hours. delivery. a huge roster of vegetarian & vegan friendly options amongst the usual heavy hitters and meat-ladened offerings.

      the ridiculously named ANGRY OWL is a favorite of mine: breaded tofu cutlet, grilled portabello mushroom, provolone, vegetarian bacon, tomato and hummus. i always add pickles & lettuce for crunch. warning: IT IS HEAVY. half will fill you up right good.

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        selenster RE: HankyT Oct 5, 2009 02:20 PM

        oh and i do believe many people would say that carmine's chicken parm hero is top notch. another WB restaurant. (also, i love their pizzas & eggplant parm but that's OT)

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          AimeeD RE: HankyT Oct 5, 2009 02:54 PM

          Cemita from Tacos Matamoros
          Meatball Parmigiana or Sausage/Broccoli Rabe sandwich from Frankies 457

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            fruitspam RE: HankyT Oct 5, 2009 04:01 PM

            any torta from rico's tacos. there's several winners at caputo's fine foods. ooh, and i second, third and fourth defonte's as well. goodness.

            i love this thread.

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              StheJ RE: HankyT Oct 5, 2009 06:10 PM

              The meatball hero at Ferdinados is really good as well.

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                micki RE: StheJ Oct 6, 2009 04:23 AM

                Al di la's short rib sandwich with horse radish aioli is totally kick-ass. Only served at lunch,

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                  HankyT RE: micki Oct 6, 2009 07:29 AM

                  Wow, that short rib number sounds fantastic.

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                    Tay RE: HankyT Oct 6, 2009 10:11 AM

                    From the Spartan Cafe on 8th Ave and 70th St. The HUGE and incredibly tasty Spartan chicken w/salad on pita. So, so delicious. Sauce on the side or be prepared to wear some of it! :-)

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                lazylghtng RE: HankyT Oct 6, 2009 10:55 AM

                Meatball with Broccoli Rabe, and Calamari Fra Diavolo at Cono's Pescatore (kitchen take-out window only) in WB.

                The once per year baby pig and horseradish mayo sandwich that Jolie serves at the Atlantic Antic.

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                  jnab121 RE: HankyT Oct 6, 2009 01:43 PM

                  The Roast beef hero with fresh Mozzarella and onions with black gravy from John's Deli on Stillwell

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                    BonnieB. RE: jnab121 Oct 12, 2009 02:31 PM

                    my sons favorite!

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                      guide boy RE: jnab121 Oct 13, 2009 06:30 PM

                      My favorite.

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                        bklynsbest RE: jnab121 Feb 3, 2010 05:31 PM

                        Agreed. It's a great sandwich the roast beef is average, but the "black tar" gravy they put on it is a perfect compliment. I prefer the ones from the original on stillwell and 86th not the one closer to 24th street on stillwell.

                        John's Deli
                        2033 Stillwell Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11223

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                        Barry Strugatz RE: HankyT Oct 6, 2009 03:17 PM

                        Amazing lengua (tongue) torta at Los Tres Portillos, 4th Ave & 39th Street, Sunset Park.

                        1. missmasala RE: HankyT Oct 7, 2009 06:57 AM

                          Great list! I agree with most and will have to try the ones I don't. I do think there are way better patties than Christie's on the other side of the park in Crown Heights/Flatbush, tho.
                          A couple more:
                          chicken sandwiches from Schnitzi's on CIA.
                          The chorizo and huevo torta from La Flor bakery, 41st and 5th (it's the fresh roll that takes it over the top)
                          BTW--where is Pueblo Market?

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                            StheJ RE: missmasala Oct 7, 2009 08:57 AM

                            Where are these patties that are better than Christie's?

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                              HankyT RE: missmasala Oct 7, 2009 09:02 AM

                              Great addition with the schnitzel mention. I like Schnitzi, but have also had really good chicken schnitzel at Schnitzel King of Bklyn. I like the variety of add-ons available at The King better.

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                                HankyT RE: missmasala Oct 7, 2009 09:05 AM

                                I may have misnamed the Market. Puebla Mini Market perhaps? Anyway it's on 5th Ave and 38th St. Torta counter in the back with more than 20 varieties available.
                                PS: I'd like the 411 on the superior Jamaican patties too. Thanks

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                                  missmasala RE: HankyT Oct 7, 2009 09:44 AM

                                  Sorry, can't remember the names, but there are a couple of bakeries on Flatbush below the park that do good ones. I'm usually down there looking for doubles. (do those qualify as snadwiches? if they do, i'd recommend Ali's on flatbush. Heard the doubles were also great at A&A on Nostrand, but they're always closed when I go by. And there are some great ones out on liberty ave in richmond hill, but that's queens.)

                                  I find the beef filling at Christie's is too gooey.

                                  And haven't tried Schnitzel King. Not sure I can handle a greater variety of add-ons. I have a hard enough time as it is making my sandwich decisions at schnitzi's.

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                                    Polecat RE: missmasala Oct 7, 2009 10:43 AM

                                    The doubles are great at A&A, or at least they were the last time I went. They'll put shrimp in them for you if you like, which is reason enough to get there early on a Saturday morning, and stand on line if necessary.

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                                      hhhippo RE: Polecat Oct 8, 2009 04:44 PM

                                      I agree that the doubles at A&A are tasty. I liked them better than their roti.

                                      I also love Schnitzi. I would say that though Schnitzel King does have a larger selection of toppings, Schnitzi has the King beat on variety of sauces. The garlic mayo, chimichurri, etc. at Schnitzi are a large part of what keep me addicted to the place.

                                      I've also really enjoyed the exact same torta (chorizo and eggs) missmasala likes at La Flor. Another good version I've had has been at Torteria del Valle on Coney Island Ave just north of Cortleyou Rd, but I haven't been in a little while.

                                      Jumping back up to the original post's Italian-American recommendations, I agree that Lioni's is great. Excellent, fresh bread. I had a sopressata sandwich there which was huge and delicious. And I really like the Nicky Special at DeFonte's. I love the spicy-sweet crunch of the giardinera, and that thin layer of fried eggplant that somehow stands out from the big pile of hearty deli meats.

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                                  guide boy RE: missmasala Oct 13, 2009 06:43 PM

                                  Patties? Check out Tastee Pattie, Church Ave and E. 95 St. in E. Flatbush/Brownsville. Lives up to its name.

                                3. Puppimus RE: HankyT Oct 7, 2009 11:11 AM

                                  Speaking of tortas, I can't resist singing the praises (again) of Mexico 2000, a hole-in-the-wall bodega/restaurant under the JMZ in South Williamsburg. Their tortas are $4 and come fully loaded with refried beans, avocado, jalapenos, queso blanco, lettuce, tomato, and your choice of delicious meat (carnitas, chorizo, carne asada, chicken, some other kind of pork) all on a very, very tasty toasted roll. Big enough to share or save half for later. Grab a beer from the fridge and eat it right there for the full experience.

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                                    Puppimus RE: Puppimus Oct 7, 2009 02:29 PM

                                    trying to link ...

                                    Mexico 2000
                                    367 Broadway, Brooklyn, NY 11211

                                  2. pitu RE: HankyT Oct 7, 2009 05:32 PM

                                    I like the #1 at Ba Xuyen...

                                    Bierkraft (5th Ave, Union/Sackett) is newly making sandwiches with house-made delicious goods -- I recommend the Italian to start (they bake the ham there...it's REALLY good), then perhaps the serrrano-manchego-fig...all on Sullivan St bread, $10 for a huge beast of a sandwich with a bag of Zapp's chips. The arugula and tomato are fresh fresh fresh, they have sharp horseradish, mustards, etc - really, sandwich gold.

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                                      Cheese Boy RE: pitu Oct 9, 2009 11:16 PM

                                      Very happy to see Zapp's getting some attention. For me, it'll be worth the trip for that alone. Love Zapp's. That $10 sandwich on Sullivan Street bread sounds like a winner.
                                      I'll eat that with a two bag chaser -- no problem.

                                      Zapp's --> http://www.zapps.com/cgi-bin/zapps/in...

                                    2. bobjbkln RE: HankyT Oct 7, 2009 07:21 PM

                                      A shame everyone skipped over your Lioni's rec. (Actually the sandwich store has a different name, but everyone knows it as Lioni's). I'd say this is the most special sandwich place in Brooklyn. They have at least 200-300 different combos, many named after 50s and 60s singers and DooWop groups. The cold sandwiches are sliced to order; the hot sandwiches are cooked to order. Not cheap, but this place is really Brooklyn as it used to be.

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                                        bobjbkln RE: bobjbkln Oct 7, 2009 07:28 PM

                                        Link (see places mentioned above right)

                                      2. bigmackdaddy RE: HankyT Oct 8, 2009 06:03 PM

                                        David's Brisket House on Nostrand Ave by Herkimer. The best brisket in all of NYC IMO. They make pretty good corned beef and pastrami as well.

                                        1. bigmackdaddy RE: HankyT Oct 8, 2009 06:07 PM

                                          Park Cafe makes a great grilled cheese & bacon
                                          Mr. Falafel (sp?) makes a great shish-kebob as well as falafel sandwich.
                                          I've had good sandwiches from BKLYN Larder, albeit small and pricey, as well.

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                                            Wet Towel RE: bigmackdaddy Oct 8, 2009 07:51 PM

                                            Didn't David's close?

                                            Paneantico, on 3rd ave in Bay Ridge has outstanding Italian sandwiches. Great bread.

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                                              hhhippo RE: Wet Towel Oct 8, 2009 09:38 PM

                                              I believe David's re-opened somewhat recently. I've been meaning to check it out.

                                              I was thinking of mentioning Paneantico too alongside Lioni's and DeFonte's. Paneantico's a little more upscale feeling. I agree that the sandwiches there are excellent. I've had really nice prosciutto sandwiches there. And I agree the bread (from Royal Crown bakery) is great. I think they also get their very tasty sopressata from nearby Piazza Mercato, where they make it by hand and cure it in-house (one time I went in and asked a question about the sopressata, and a really nice guy behind the counter gave me an impromptu tour of the back room where they make and dry out the sausage).

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                                                bigmackdaddy RE: Wet Towel Oct 8, 2009 11:30 PM

                                                Re-opened and under new ownership, management and so on.

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                                              StheJ RE: HankyT Oct 14, 2009 07:04 AM

                                              Anyone have anything to say about Brennan and Carr for roast beef? I've heard about it but never been...

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                                                eileenmary RE: StheJ Oct 14, 2009 07:23 AM

                                                I REALLY like the roast beef. The place and the food doesn't change.

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                                                  missmasala RE: eileenmary Oct 15, 2009 08:32 AM

                                                  I went once about 5 years ago after reading many raves on this board. i found them good but not amazing and a little expensive for what you got.

                                                  of course, that kind of roast beef sandwich is not in my top ten pantheon, so perhaps i'm not a good judge.

                                                  if i lived nearer i might get one on occasion, but i don't think it's destination worthy.

                                              2. Steve R RE: HankyT Oct 14, 2009 07:30 AM

                                                Okay.... might as well add in the corned beef, tongue and/or pastrami (separately or together) on rye at Mill Basin Deli. Only Katz (for pastrami) or 2nd Ave Deli beats it & those ain't in Brooklyn.

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                                                  foodforu RE: HankyT Feb 12, 2010 07:41 AM

                                                  I'd add the Family Store on Third Ave. and Bay RIdge Ave. for their incredible falafel sandwich with hot sauce. (Although anything I've ever had there has been amazing.)

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                                                    BonnieB. RE: foodforu Feb 23, 2010 03:04 PM

                                                    I agree, the Family Store is very good, I love their eggplant turnovers they are very good. Great place when I don't feel like cooking dinner, everything is good there.

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