The Original John's Deli

The Original John's Deli

Sandwich Place, Deli / Bodega, and Italian Restaurant · Gravesend
2033 Stillwell Ave (at 86th St), Brooklyn, NY 11223, United States
Open until 10:00 PM (Show more)
  • Mon–Sat
    • 8:00 AM–10:00 PM
  • Sun
    • 8:00 AM–9:00 PM
Breakfast, Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Dessert
Credit Cards:
Yes (incl. Discover & Visa)
Outdoor Seating:

Established in 1968, John's Deli is a landmark to the surrounding Brooklyn area known as the spot to get "Brooklyn's Famous Heroes."


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  • What you need to know
    "The "midnight gravy" in the hot roast beef with mutz and gravy..."(4 Tips)
    Mike C.
    "Try the Hot Roast Beef Hero - With mutz and gravy."(3 Tips)
    Vinny C.
    "Roast beef sandwich with mozzarella and gravy!"(5 Tips)
    JiMz $.
    "Best roast beef and gravy sandwich in brooklyn!! SUBWAYY"(2 Tips)
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37 tips and reviews.

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  • roast beef
  • sandwiches
  • good for a quick meal
  • authentic
  • good service
  • great value
  • gravy
  • lively
  • casual
  • cozy
  • family-friendly
  • breakfast food
  • cheese
  • toast
  • turkey
  • onions
  • lunch
  • Erndog

    Try to know what you want before going on line to order. Waiting can be long pending how crowded it is. Worth the wait.

    Erndog · February 26
  • Christina L.

    As a vegetarian, their eggplant parm is 🙌🏻

    Christina Liew · September 18, 2015
  • Ted L.

    Great sandwiches

    Ted Levin · August 19, 2015
  • Louis M.

    The best place to get a hero in Brooklyn. Due to that reputation the lines are insane at prime time.

    Louis Matta · July 20, 2015
  • Kirill K.

    Roast beef hero

    Kirill Kukuruza · June 15, 2015
  • Tyler L.

    Delicious roast beef hoagies. Wait can be a bit long but worth it for the huge sandwiches. Very tasty with cheese and onions.

    Tyler Lund · May 17, 2015
  • Reina A.

    Roast Beef (mouth watering). Yummy!

    Reina Ayala · December 16, 2014
  • Eric H.

    Roast beef sandwich will give you a boner. Best sandwich.

    Eric Ho · November 23, 2014
  • Tarah F.

    The roast beef sub with midnight gravy is as good as they say. Perfectly toasted bread, soft delicious meat and that gravy is heaven.

    Tarah Feinberg · November 22, 2014
  • Kevin S.

    I might even skip L&B for a chance to eat the incredible roast beef sandwich again, loaded with mozzarella, gravy, and grilled onions.

    Kevin Skobac · September 23, 2014
  • Vinny C.

    Roast beef sandwich with mozzarella and gravy! Yes!

    Vinny Capri · September 11, 2014
  • Village Voice

    Nothing in the borough is quite as challenging as the roast beef hero at John's – masses of warm, pink meat on a crusty hero, topped with melting slices of mozzarella and gobbed with a midnight gravy. Read more

    Village Voice · August 4, 2014
  • Madeline C.

    For a cheep lunch this is not the place to eat.

    Madeline Castellano · April 16, 2014

    Amazing veal parm hero sandwich

    RAFAELO LA ROMA · February 15, 2014
  • Carlo C.

    Get the Toast Beef Gravy even if you get Turkey. Liquid Black Gold.

    Carlo Costanzo · November 26, 2013
  • Will C.

    Best roast beef.

    Will C · November 2, 2013
  • Alex W.

    Best roast beef with gravy

    Alex Winetsky · October 7, 2013
  • SandiSecrets

    Cranky Frankie at the counter is not a very happy person. Or I pissed him off...

    SandiSecrets · August 6, 2013
  • Ed D.

    Get extra gravy on the side for the roast beef sandwich

    Ed DeMeo · August 2, 2013
  • Noah @Noah_Xifr X.

    Everybody talks gravy this, roast beef that here. Try the MEATBALL PARM ON A ROLL, it is simply the best damn meatball sandwich.

    Noah @Noah_Xifr Xifr · July 24, 2013
  • Mark M.


    Mark Mis🍔 · June 8, 2013
  • Pierce P.

    Never disappoints!

    Pierce Puckette · March 25, 2013
  • Mike C.

    Try the Hot Roast Beef Hero - With mutz and gravy. I was initially terrified of this black gravy and it doesn't look particularly appetizing, but it was incredibly good.

    Mike Chau · February 9, 2013
  • Mike C.

    Try the Rice Ball - With sauce, meat and peas

    Mike Chau · February 9, 2013
  • Erica

    hands down the best gravy, possibly any where.

    Erica · August 13, 2012
  • Lee D.

    friday srimp parm heros the goods

    Lee David · April 16, 2012
  • Lee D.

    turkey tuesday oh yeaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa

    Lee David · April 16, 2012
  • 💣 Nabil A.

    Called to place an order for pick up and the fucking guy tells me he won't take my order for one sandwich over the phone. That's the last time I go to this shit bowl.

    💣 Nabil Alhadi 💣 · February 17, 2012
  • Edgar G.

    Home made food and sandwiches.

    Edgar Gerik · September 1, 2011
  • Sarah C.

    always get a side of the midnight gravy with your hot beef sammich. always.

    Sarah Cho · August 23, 2011
  • Athina F.

    If there ever was a food I craved more then life it's john's roast beef and mozzarella with gravy. Delicious.

    Athina Fascianella · March 23, 2011
  • JiMz $.

    Best roast beef and gravy sandwich in brooklyn!! SUBWAYY

    JiMz $ · March 16, 2011
  • Foodspotting

    Try the Roast Beef Sub

    Foodspotting · December 27, 2010
  • Vanessa L.

    AMAZING!!!! Must have the roast beef with cheese and the gravy is a must! Makes the sanwhich!

    Vanessa Love · November 14, 2010
  • Luneirya

    Best roast beef sandwich in the city! I must admit though the actual beef is nothing to go crazy for as I like my beef a little more on the red side. But the gravy, oh the gravy! Its orgasmic!

    Luneirya · August 21, 2010
  • nymag

    The "midnight gravy" in the hot roast beef with mutz and gravy sandwich - one of our 101 Best Sandwiches in NY – is the stuff of legend. Read more

    nymag · July 27, 2010
  • Alex

    Roast beef, fresh mozz, onions and pour on the 'black gold'. Come on a weekend and grab some boneless buffalo wings. Read more

    Alex · March 31, 2010

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