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Jan 19, 2012 11:55 AM

Hero Sandwiches and Cornetti Needed - Carroll Gardens

I am feeding a group (both meat eaters and vegetarians) at a meeting in Carroll Gardens this weekend. Looking for the best heros or other exellent sandwiches for which I can obtain delivery. I had planned on DeFontes, but It seems like they dont deliver.

If you can recommend a place for pickup within a few blocks of Carroll and Clinton,, that would be another alternative.

Second, I am wondering if any of the Carroll Garden bakeshops offer decent cornetti/croissants/brioche. Marquet is the only place I have bought these in the area.

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  1. A few more blocks north, but I believe Catania on atlantic has cornetti - their pastries have gotten good reviews on the board and I've enjoyd what I've had from there.

    193 Atlantic Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11201

    1. Hi Jen,

      Not sure about delivery from any of these, but here are the Italian shops along court street that do sandwiches. None of them are more than a few blocks from Carroll and Clinton.

      Esposito's Pork Store: good italian heroes and broccoli rabe/sausage sandwiches, but not sure what they have for the vegetarians
      Mastellone's: They have a wide variety and their sandwiches are probably the cheapest. Good italian heroes and sometimes they do a nice eggplant in tomato sauce with basil that makes a great vegetarian sandwich.
      Caputo's (the cheese and meat store, not the bakery): Their sandwiches are good, but I find them overpriced.
      Brooklyn Bread: Not old school italian like the others (opened in the past 10 years) but they make some decent sandwiches on decent bread.

      Another possibility for hot subs is Vinny's, on smith street. They can do meatball and any kind of parm subs (including eggplant), as well as fish sandwiches.

      As for cornetti/croissants/brioche, not sure you're going to find super decent in this area. Mazzola's, on the corner of clinton and union, probably has the best of those kind of baked goods. Monteleone's has the best italian cookies and Court Pastry has the best lobster tails and sflogliatelle.

      Hope this helps.

      G. Esposito and Sons Pork Store
      357 Court St, Brooklyn, NY 11231

      Vinny's of Carroll Gardens
      295 Smith St, Brooklyn, NY 11231

      Mastellone Italian Deli
      303 Court St, Brooklyn, NY 11231

      Caputo's Fine Foods
      460 Court St, Brooklyn, NY 11231

      Brooklyn Bread
      436 Court St, Brooklyn, NY 11231

      1. It's been awhile since I've eaten them, but D'Amico's used to make dynamite heros (& I think they deliver). This relatively recent article agrees:

        Esposito's comes highly recommended and it delivers:

        Maybe Caputo's as well.

        D'Amico Foods
        309 Court St, Brooklyn, NY 11231

        G. Esposito and Sons Pork Store
        357 Court St, Brooklyn, NY 11231

        Caputo's Fine Foods
        460 Court St, Brooklyn, NY 11231

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        1. re: Steve R

          esposito's is great, but i don't think they deliver. there's usually only 2 guys working there.

          los paisanos on smith street will deliver and they make excellent hero's as well (although i prefer esposito's).

          you could also get sandwiches from frankie's 457, but there a bit of a walk from clinton and carroll.

          Paisanos Meat Market
          162 Smith St, Brooklyn, NY 11201

          Frankies 457 Spuntino
          457 Court St, Brooklyn, NY 11231

        2. Jen, you might try Mastellone's deli on Degraw and Clinton for basic heroes; Esposito would be a great choice, but I doubt they'd deliver. I imagine Esposito could assemble a hero platter with enough advance notice and you could pick up. As for cornetti--not overly optimistic when it comes to the Italian bakeries and pasticcerie along Court Street. Court St Pastry has the best traditional biscotti and other sweets (pace Monteleone), but that's their range, God love 'em. You might need to try a French or "gourmet' bakery like Marquet.

          G. Esposito and Sons Pork Store
          357 Court St, Brooklyn, NY 11231

          Court Pastry Shop
          298 Court St, Brooklyn, NY 11231

          Marquet Patisserie
          221 Court St, Brooklyn, NY 11201

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          1. re: bob96

            I dont know from experience but if you open the link I attached for Esposito's, you'll see that their ad says "free delivery".

            1. re: Steve R

              That's great --I imagine for a large enough order they would.