The Original John's Deli

The Original John's Deli

Sandwich Place, Deli / Bodega, and Italian Restaurant$$$$
Gravesend, Brooklyn
  • nymag
    "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)
41 Tips and reviews
  • roast beef
  • sandwiches
  • good for a quick meal
  • authentic
  • casual
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  • Perry B.
    Perry Balagur6 days ago
    Love their shrimp parmigiana. Available only on Fridays.
  • Mirasita D.
    Mirasita DePenaSeptember 9
    That roast beef was like heaven on my taste buds
  • Carole S.
    Carole SheerAugust 18
    Eggplant, roast beef, chicken...everything!!
  • Don B.
    Don BodonJuly 7
    Chicken parmigiano hero
  • Kirill K.
    One of my favorite places in Brooklyn. Roast beef on a hero is amazing
  • Erndog
    ErndogFebruary 26
    Been here 10+ times
    Try to know what you want before going on line to order. Waiting can be long pending how crowded it is. Worth the wait.
  • Christina L.
    Christina LiewSeptember 18, 2015
    As a vegetarian, their eggplant parm is 🙌🏻
  • Ted L.
    Ted LevinAugust 19, 2015
    Great sandwiches
  • Louis M.
    Louis MattaJuly 20, 2015
    The best place to get a hero in Brooklyn. Due to that reputation the lines are insane at prime time.
  • Kirill K.
    Kirill KukuruzaJune 15, 2015
    Roast beef hero
  • Tyler L.
    Tyler LundMay 17, 2015
    Delicious roast beef hoagies. Wait can be a bit long but worth it for the huge sandwiches. Very tasty with cheese and onions.
  • Reina A.
    Reina AyalaDecember 16, 2014
    Roast Beef (mouth watering). Yummy!
  • Eric H.
    Eric HoNovember 23, 2014
    Roast beef sandwich will give you a boner. Best sandwich.
    Upvoted Aug 19
  • Tarah F.
    Tarah FeinbergNovember 22, 2014
    The roast beef sub with midnight gravy is as good as they say. Perfectly toasted bread, soft delicious meat and that gravy is heaven.
  • Kevin S.
    Kevin SkobacSeptember 23, 2014
    I might even skip L&B for a chance to eat the incredible roast beef sandwich again, loaded with mozzarella, gravy, and grilled onions.
  • Vinny C.
    Vinny CapriSeptember 11, 2014
    Roast beef sandwich with mozzarella and gravy! Yes!
  • Village Voice
    Village VoiceAugust 4, 2014
    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
  • Madeline C.
    Madeline CastellanoApril 16, 2014
    For a cheep lunch this is not the place to eat.
  • Carlo C.
    Carlo CostanzoNovember 26, 2013
    Get the Toast Beef Gravy even if you get Turkey. Liquid Black Gold.
  • Will C.
    Will CNovember 2, 2013
    Best roast beef.
  • Alex W.
    Alex WinetskyOctober 7, 2013
    Best roast beef with gravy
  • SandiSecrets
    SandiSecretsAugust 6, 2013
    Cranky Frankie at the counter is not a very happy person. Or I pissed him off...
  • Ed D.
    Ed DeMeoAugust 2, 2013
    Get extra gravy on the side for the roast beef sandwich
  • 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.
  • Mark M.
    Mark Mis🍔June 8, 2013
  • Pierce P.
    Pierce PucketteMarch 25, 2013
    Been here 50+ times
    Never disappoints!
  • Mike C.
    Mike ChauFebruary 9, 2013
    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 C.
    Mike ChauFebruary 9, 2013
    Try the Rice Ball - With sauce, meat and peas
  • Erica
    EricaAugust 13, 2012
    hands down the best gravy, possibly any where.
  • Lee D.
    Lee DavidApril 16, 2012
    friday srimp parm heros the goods
  • Lee D.
    Lee DavidApril 16, 2012
    turkey tuesday oh yeaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa
  • 💣 Nabil A.
    💣 Nabil Alhadi 💣February 17, 2012
    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.
  • Edgar G.
    Edgar GerikSeptember 1, 2011
    Home made food and sandwiches.
  • Sarah C.
    Sarah ChoAugust 23, 2011
    always get a side of the midnight gravy with your hot beef sammich. always.
  • Athina F.
    Athina FascianellaMarch 23, 2011
    If there ever was a food I craved more then life it's john's roast beef and mozzarella with gravy. Delicious.
  • JiMz $.
    JiMz $March 16, 2011
    Best roast beef and gravy sandwich in brooklyn!! SUBWAYY
  • Foodspotting
    FoodspottingDecember 27, 2010
    Try the Roast Beef Sub
  • Vanessa L.
    Vanessa LoveNovember 14, 2010
    AMAZING!!!! Must have the roast beef with cheese and the gravy is a must! Makes the sanwhich!
  • Luneirya
    LuneiryaAugust 21, 2010
    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!
  • nymag
    nymagJuly 27, 2010
    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
  • Alex
    AlexMarch 31, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    Roast beef, fresh mozz, onions and pour on the 'black gold'. Come on a weekend and grab some boneless buffalo wings. Read more
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