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Defonte's of Brooklyn

Gramercy Park
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261 3rd Ave, New York City, NY 10010
+1 212-614-1500
09:30 - 20:00
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Sun 09:30 - 17:00
Mon - Fri 09:30 - 20:00
Sat 09:30 - 04:00
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Camden, New York
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37 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 December 2016

This place is a little bit off the path in Brooklyn but is worth finding! Great sandwiches and quick service friendly service. Make sure you take cash because they don't accept any credit cards. Be prepared to circle the block to find parking. Parking is tight in this neighborhood.

Thank frankwalters
Level Contributor
90 reviews
77 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 64 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 August 2016 via mobile

Visited Defonte's after seeing it on the tv on Diners, Drive In's and Dives or similar whilst back in England. We made an effort to find this deli whilst spending 5 days in New York on holiday. The deli is easy to find when you get to Redhook. We visited on a hot and sunny day so enjoyed our sandwiches... More 

Thank emmaj1986
Brooklyn, New York
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650 reviews
483 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 85 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 July 2016 via mobile

Potato n egg/ eggplant parm These are some if the best hero sandwiches you ll find Old school place with old school workers a walk back in time

New York City, New York
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1,421 reviews
828 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 351 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 March 2016

IF you like stuffed sandwiches that put even fried in your product this is it. You can hardly eat it all and they have some awesome products for sale oriented towards italian of course.

Thank Allan S
Puerto Plata
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 January 2016 via mobile

Had the pork special.,which is roasted sliced pork, fried egplant,brocolli Rabe, provolone cheese and some gravy. It all starts with bread!!!! A Bastone bread with a slightly smoked flavor, crazy.... good. The only way it could have been better is a few jalapeño peppers. A must do!! Btw... have a pickle. Real old school new york deli pickle!!!

Thank Michael G
New York City, New York
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118 reviews
62 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 September 2015

I know there's a joint in Philly that's been touted on on one of those TV food shows. That nit wit does't have a bloody clue to how good Defonte's Fireman's Special is…I will say this….If you don't like it…I will pay for your sandwich,it's that good. By the way,the Sinatra is mouth watering.

Thank shadows830
Brooklyn, New York
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215 reviews
150 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 58 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 May 2015

Best sandwich shop in Brooklyn. I love their meatballs which is something that is hard to find if you're a foodie. They are known for their potato and eggs or peppers and eggs served on really good Italian bread made in Brooklyn. Try a cold sandwich with their thinly sliced eggplant.

Thank adam r
Dover, Delaware
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6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 September 2014 via mobile

Sandwich Turkey was very good Price was good and good quality We always have food at this place whenever we visit cruise terminal Good food

1 Thank mike g
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38 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 April 2014

The sandwhiches are big, very good and have a lot of food inside! The bread is great. The staff is nice and the service is very quick.

1 Thank RachPS
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76 reviews
69 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 January 2014

I saw Defonte's on Diners, Drive-In's and Dives and was not disappointed. Drove by the place and had to take home (2) sandwiches for the road. The chicken parm and Roast Beef were the best I've ever had. You cant ask for a better made fresh sandwich. Well worth every penny. You gotta check out the Hero's too.

2 Thank KEN H

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$5 - US$10
American, Italian, Delicatessen
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Delivery
Good for
Cheap Eats, Child-friendly
Open Hours
09:30 - 17:00
09:30 - 20:00
09:30 - 20:00
09:30 - 20:00
09:30 - 20:00
09:30 - 20:00
09:30 - 04:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 261 3rd Ave, New York City, NY 10010
  • Location: United States  >  New York (NY)  >  New York City>  > Gramercy Park
  • Neighbourhood: Gramercy Park
  • Phone Number: +1 212-614-1500

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?