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(Defonte’s of Brooklyn)


Location: 261 3rd Avenue (21st & 3rd Ave.)

Price: $8.95-$12

As my time winds down in my neighborhood of Gramercy on 21st st., I’m going to miss some of the local spots.  On the “bustling block” of 21st street in the midst of the police precinct and the SVA school, Defonte’s of Brooklyn is the highlight of the block & was my go to place when I needed something good & filling.  They opened the Manhattan outpost of the famous Red Hook Brooklyn sandwich shop in 2009 after years of talks about doing so.  With years and years of experience, Defonte’s have managed to perfect the art of filling a hero bread with meat and goodies.

First off, I know that the sandwiches are a bit expensive but, I managed to make 2 meals out of most of the sandwiches that I’ve bought therefore, making each ½ sandwich a reasonable price.  Secondly, just go eat one…here are three of the sandwiches that I’ve most enjoyed:

I love that service is VERY prompt and all the ingredients they use are very fresh.  The Hero bread is always crisp, tasty, and nicely soft on the inside.  For those vegetarians out there, they also make a fried eggplant sandwich which is fantastic alternative to those who can’t brave the mountain of meat they put on the other sandwiches.  So, a nice lineup of sandwiches & with that, I bid farewell to Defonte’s of Brooklyn in Gramercy and say hello to Defontes Sandwich shop in Red Hook.




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