Defonte's of Brooklyn

(Now Closed)
Sandwich Place$$$$
Gramercy Park, New York
  • The experts at Serious Eats and Gothamist recommend this place
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  • Gothamist
    GothamistAugust 1, 2014
    You can order a “small” Italian sandwich for $11, but it's only small in the sense that a Sperm whale is smaller than a Blue whale. Read more
  • Phil F.
    Phil F.June 4, 2014
    Disappointed to see the signs on their windows that they've closed this location. I hope they find a new location in Gramercy.
  • Anup
    AnupMay 19, 2014
    This place is closing soon. :(
  • Mike C.
    Mike ChouMay 17, 2014
    This location is closing May 24th because the building was sold!
  • P. D.
    P. D.May 17, 2014
    Please don't close, guys!
  • Compass
    CompassMay 2, 2014
    Brooklyn’s famous Italian sandwich parlor opened up a Murray Hill location with a takeout counter and the same rich chicken parm sandwiches.
  • Lou C.
    Lou ChiorazziApril 30, 2014
    gigantic subs that originated in Red Hook Brooklyn and now have a NYC stop - and true Brooklyn institution
  • Matt H.
    Matt HantzApril 23, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    I just had a pickle the size of a baby's arm.
  • Dean G.
    Dean GuoApril 22, 2014
    Get the eggplant parm!
  • Wyngspan
    WyngspanJanuary 24, 2014
    These subs are serious business. Help spread the word on: Read more
  • Ryan G.
    Ryan GisrielDecember 27, 2013
    great and big sandwiches
  • Halstead Property
    Halstead PropertyOctober 8, 2013
    It seems like your ordinary order-at-the-counter deli; however their Sinatra Sandwich makes it extraordinary. The succulent steak pizzaiola melts with the fresh mozzarella and thick, crunchy bread.
  • betsy m.
    betsy mSeptember 30, 2013
    Sinatra special. Delish. Stop moaning about the price, def worth it and enough for 2 or 3
  • Karl S.
    Karl SchafferSeptember 29, 2013
    The Frank Sinatra Special is...
  • Jeffrey
    JeffreySeptember 27, 2013
    Hot Roast Beef
  • David L.
    David LaBarSeptember 13, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    This Italian sandwich shop is a NY institution. Get the Nicky special! Big enough for 2.
  • Lacrisha L.
    Lacrisha LewisAugust 13, 2013
    The Sinatra Special all day
  • YourNYAgent
    YourNYAgentJuly 28, 2013
    Go for the ricotta! Broccoli rabe, sausage and ricotta sandwich!
  • @soyrev
    @soyrevJuly 22, 2013
    ... but it ain't no city sub
  • Dylan P.
    Dylan PageJuly 15, 2013
    I just tried this spot for the first time, and I will be back soon! Wow! The Nicky Special was freakin' amazing!!! I think I'm in love!!!
  • Michael W.
    Uncanny customer service. Nuff said. Not better than alidores doe.
  • Steve C.
    Steve CampbellJune 19, 2013
    Get the Fire House. Best sandwich you'll ever eat.
  • Melody K.
    Melody KohMay 21, 2013
    Eggplant parm. That's it.
  • David S.
    David SchorrApril 28, 2013
    $10 for an egg sandwich? I think I'll just have the crack they're smoking.
  • Fred S.
    Fred SayedApril 24, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    The Italian Stallion. Sandwich Heaven.
  • Don D.
    Don DonApril 21, 2013
    Good quality food for a regular price. Around $10 for a sandwich, that is sufficient for two girls or one man.
  • Jessica M.
    Jessica MorrisApril 16, 2013
    You can never go wrong here. Be advised, they prep to close up shop 30 minutes before scheduled closing so don't wait till the last minute, or you'll be sorry!!!
  • Christina
    ChristinaApril 11, 2013
    All about the Hot turkey or the Italian Stallion. Go with god.
  • Sanjeev S.
    Sanjeev SreetharanApril 6, 2013
    get the firehouse. also, be aware that these subs are serious business and weigh as much as a child
  • Jorge U.
    Jorge UrrutiaApril 6, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Best sandwich in Gramercy! Also, the Potato salad is special
  • Serious Eats
    Serious EatsMarch 29, 2013
    Roast Beef and Mozzarella: Roast beef, lean but incredibly juicy, piled on terrific crusty seeded Italian bread. It's layered with house-made mozzarella and paper-thin slices of fried eggplant.
  • Serious Eats
    Serious EatsMarch 29, 2013
    Manhattan branch of the destination-worthy Italian sandwich shop.
  • Ryan A.
    Ryan AbramowMarch 21, 2013
    Roast beef - done.
  • Mike C.
    Mike ChauMarch 16, 2013
    Try the Potatoes And Eggs Hero With Ham
  • Mike C.
    Mike ChauMarch 16, 2013
    Try the The Dino - Thanks @Mike Winston, that spot yesterday made me wanna come here and it was worth it. These sandwiches are great.
  • Dave k.
    Dave kMarch 11, 2013
    Looks like they've added baked ham and roast beef to their arsenal of meats, but the little Nike is my go to sandwich every time.
  • Michelle R.
    Michelle RussoMarch 5, 2013
    The meatball hero tastes exactly like my grandma's... It's heaven sent ;)
  • Tim D.
    Tim DevaneFebruary 26, 2013
    The firehouse might be the best sandwich in New York
  • Greg S.
    Greg SolisFebruary 15, 2013
    I don't endorse a Cuban sandwich lightly. Very nice
  • Lydia N.
    Lydia NormanDecember 8, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Ricotta Special is a hidden gem: Grilled hot italian sausage, broccoli rabe and ricotta cheese, served hot. Ask for a side of Marinara for dipping...Perfection!
  • Jonathan L.
    Jonathan L.September 10, 2012
    Special for SVA, NYU, & Baruch students. $12 for a sandwich, chips, and can of soda/bottle of water. CASH ONLY for this special!
  • Gracie
    GracieAugust 24, 2012
    Not really sure what all the hype is about this place. The fried eggplant was not great and too much meat on the sandwich.
  • Melissa R.
    Melissa RogersAugust 5, 2012
    #20 Hot Roast Beef
  • Malena Z.
    Malena ZelenkoJuly 21, 2012
    Best atmosphere, great service. Feels like I'm at home
  • Christopher T.
    Christopher TaiJuly 3, 2012
    Order hot pastrami special or the firehouse special. Those are are my favorites!
  • Alexa
    AlexaJuly 2, 2012
    This place is fantastic. If you like roast beef, get the #20
  • Stephanie K.
    Stephanie KleinJune 17, 2012
    When the kids drive you to want to jump off the Brooklyn Bridge, head here instead, eating your way to calm by devouring a sandwich as big as a truck driver's arm.
  • Stephanie K.
    Stephanie KleinJune 17, 2012
    Fried Eggplant on anything, including a NAPKIN, is good here.
  • Lisa G.
    Lisa GanskyJune 16, 2012
    Been here 25+ times
    Your out-of-town guests eyes will bulge when they see how huge the sandwiches are at Defonte's!
  • chris
    chrisMay 31, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Italian Stallion. You won't regret it.
  • Amanda F.
    Amanda FayerMay 20, 2012
    Get the #25 hot turkey
  • Emily L.
    Emily LurieMay 5, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Get the Firehouse sandwich -- pork, cheese, fried eggplant and broccoli rabe. You won't be disappointed!
  • Varud G.
    Varud GuptaMay 4, 2012
    Had the firehouse and Nicky's special. 11.50 sandwiches. But def worth it. (4 of 4 petals via Fondu) Read more
  • Nicole H.
    Nicole HakliApril 30, 2012
    Hot pepper salad on anything.
  • Jodie P.
    Jodie PisarkApril 29, 2012
    Get the hot roast beef, the Dino or the Sinatra special and ask for the seeded bread.
  • Amanda
    AmandaApril 23, 2012
    roast beef with fried eggplant & mozzarella
  • Karin R.
    Karin RApril 7, 2012
    Try the Eggplant Parm Sandwich
  • Adam F.
    Adam FriedmanApril 3, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Great spot. Split 2 sandwiches. Brisket mozzarella and turkey w fried eggplant are both unreal.
  • Olivia B.
    Olivia ByingtonMarch 22, 2012
    No special here, it's a lie
  • Ben K.
    Ben Kessler (@kessler)March 20, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Order the "Greaseball" a meatball sub with ricotta cheese.
  • James M.
    James M.January 20, 2012
    The best subs in new York. I went here when I lived in Gramercy. Try the student special ( cash only) and you can get their chips with your sub. (4 of 4 petals via Fondu) Read more
  • Tim D.
    Tim DevaneJanuary 10, 2012
    Firehouse is one of the greatest creations known to man
  • 7th.List
    7th.ListDecember 27, 2011
    Where the classics--like chicken parm--are as good as ever, and daily specials like the Firehouse (loaded with pork, broccoli rabe, fried eggplant and provolone) promise to keep you warm. Read more
  • Rich G.
    Rich GallagherDecember 14, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    One of the best sandwhich shops I've been to in Manhattan. Try the Roast Beef and Mozzarella or the Chicken Parm, they're both delicious.
  • CollegeCandy
    CollegeCandyDecember 1, 2011
    The meatball sub stuffed with mozzarella and ricotta was possibly one of the best things I've ever eaten!
  • Craig S.
    Craig StrulovitzNovember 18, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Best Italian sandwiches in NYC!
  • Jay
    JayNovember 18, 2011
    Try the sandwiches.
  • Patrick D.
    Patrick DePuydtNovember 17, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Greaseball is good.
  • Rod R.
    Rod RoudiNovember 15, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    defonte's cuban is a must
  • Brian S.
    Brian ShapiroNovember 3, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Eggplant Parm! It's vegetarian and a classic.
  • Nina L.
    Nina LoSchiavoSeptember 20, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Eggplant, mozzarella and peppers with balsamic!
  • Billy
    BillySeptember 16, 2011
    Who knew one of the best sandwich shops in the city was in Gramercy?
  • Krista H.
    Krista HoffmanSeptember 9, 2011
    Italian gals order the chicken cutlet, broccoli rabe and provolone sandwich
  • Brian G.
    Brian GoldbergSeptember 6, 2011
    Anything here with a chicken cutlet will do.
  • J L.
    J LAugust 24, 2011
    Been here 50+ times
    Nick's Special and the Roasted Pork Hero are to die for.
  • Fred B.
    Fred BJuly 25, 2011
    Greaseball special omg
  • Jessica M.
    Jessica MorrisJuly 19, 2011
    I am going going marry the Jerry Lewis.
  • Janelle
    JanelleJuly 9, 2011
    Roast pork sandwich, holy yum!!
  • Erin M.
    Erin MMay 22, 2011
    Everything is great- they even make their own mozzarella. Great prices for the amount of food.
  • Steven C.
    Steven ChangApril 22, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Best sandwiches in NYC
  • Josephine S.
    Josephine SonMarch 29, 2011
    Some of best sandwiches in the city! Big enough to share!
  • Dan V.
    Dan ValenMarch 6, 2011
    Been here 50+ times
    The Firehouse can get lost on the menu as it's a write- in but it's easily one of the best sandwiches you can get!
  • Steve C.
    Steve ChukFebruary 22, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Can't go wrong with the Nicky Special or the Hot Roast Beef.
  • Nancy W.
    Nancy WongFebruary 5, 2011
    Hot pastrami special!!!
  • Dishling NYC
    Dishling NYCJanuary 30, 2011
    The Roast Beef Sandwich is the 3rd most popular in NYC (behind This Little Piggy Had Roast Beef on 1st ave in Manhattan and Brennan & Carr on Nostrand Ave).
  • Gansevoort Hotel Group
    Gansevoort Hotel GroupJanuary 19, 2011
    Come here for some of the tastiest and largest sandwiches around! Our favorite is the pork hero with swiss cheese, fried eggplant and their famous "hot salad." The potatoes and egg is a close second!
  • Vanesha A.
    Vanesha AlmaDecember 10, 2010
    welll iam come back..
  • Vanesha A.
    Vanesha AlmaDecember 10, 2010
  • Nick T.
    Nick TomainoNovember 18, 2010
    Italian stallion is bomb
  • Brian C.
    Brian CaseNovember 6, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    Get a sandwhich with eggplant
  • Elan M.
    Elan MillerOctober 30, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    #20 ftw
  • darryl o.
    darryl ohrtOctober 15, 2010
    The Delfontes Cucan sandwich ROCKS.
  • Jon P.
    Jon PressmanOctober 9, 2010
    Turkey, eggplant, mozzarella -- best turkey hero around.
  • Darcey H.
    Darcey HowardSeptember 22, 2010
    Get the Nicky's special if it's your first time and eventually graduate to the Dino. Their house cooked meats and homemade meatballs are beyond comparison.
  • Darcey H.
    Darcey HowardAugust 7, 2010
    Every single sandwich on the menu is to-die-for, but I just can't seem to veer from the Nicky's Special. It is the most perfectly constructed sandwich i've ever had. Although I swear i'm going to ge
  • Daria
    DariaJuly 30, 2010
    hot roast beef sandwich - definitely enough to share
  • Dave S.
    Dave SurganJuly 20, 2010
    The only place I'll eat eggplant. Get an Italian Stallion or an Eggplant Parm
  • Cathy G.
    Cathy GriffithJuly 19, 2010
    Get a 6 footer. Eat at the picnic tables. Feed the kitties.
  • Cathy G.
    Cathy GriffithJuly 19, 2010
    Having a crowd? Get a 6 foot hero. Comes with gigantor bins of ceasar, mac, and potato salad. Feeds 30 for about 100 bucks.
  • Mark S.
    Mark SchlosserJune 27, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    Best sandwhich place in nyc hands down
  • Danith Y.
    Danith YongNovember 7, 2013
    Les sandwichs sont gargantuesques et bien garnies. Je recommande !
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