9 Can’t-Miss Sandwich Shops And Best Delis In Brooklyn

Brooklyn Williamsburg

Truth be told, there are more than nine fantastic delis and sandwich shops in Brooklyn NY. The local residents have difficulty choosing where to go, but what about visitors and tourists? How would a visitor to the Brooklyn area decide which Jewish delicatessen, sandwich shop, or brisket house to try?

You’ll need at least nine meal times just to try our list of best delis in Brooklyn. You’ll want to dedicate more time to sandwich research, though. Because each amazing place has more than one great sandwich!

Check out our list of the top nine can’t-miss delis in Brooklyn.

1) David’s Brisket House

A family-owned Brooklyn NY institution for over 50 years. Davids is an old-school Jewish deli tucked into a small space. The pastrami and briskets are hand-seasoned and slow-roasted with crusty caramelization on the outer edges. While the prices are on the high side, the deli sandwiches are served with plenty of meat stacked high and worth the money.

Sandwich Places In Brooklyn, NY - David's Brisket House
Brisket Sandwich With Cucumber And Coleslaw

2) Mill Basin Kosher Deli

Mill Basin Kosher Deli offers an extensive menu of what they proudly refer to as comforting Jewish food. In addition to their excellent overstuffed Kosher deli sandwiches, they also offer salads, soups, side dishes, burgers, and desserts. Try the home-baked rugelach! Food is available to go, or there is a small dining room.

3) Frankel Delicatessen

Frankels is the pastrami king. Try the hot pastrami stacked on rye bread and served the traditional way, with mustard. Or, tuck into the hot pastrami Rueben with swiss cheese, sauerkraut, and Russian dressing on rye. Sandwiches and fresh bagels are available to go. There’s also a decent-sized dining room for on-site dining.

Frankel Delicatessen - Brooklyn, NY
Reuben Sandwich With Corned Beef, Cheese, And Sauerkraut

4) A Taste Of Katz Delicatessen

The famous Katz Delicatessen has been an iconic New York institution for over one hundred years. It’s considered by many to be the best deli in New York.

The classic Katz location in New York’s lower east side serves patrons with a crowded, fast-paced, assembly line-style service. But there is a way to avoid the crowd and still get a fantastic Katz sandwich.

If you’re looking for a quick fix with a Katz pastrami, corned beef, or brisket sandwich, then stop by the Dekalb Market Hall in Brooklyn and find the Taste of Katz stall. You won’t get the same fast-paced intimidating experience as the Katz primary location. However, you’ll still get the same great food, and after all, it’s all about the food.

5) Court Street Grocers – Williamsburg

This is not your typical old-school Brooklyn deli. You’ll find a few items on the menu here that aren’t commonly found on a deli menu. Sandwiches like the Cubano, the Reuben Broccoli, and the Vegitalian.

If you are looking for something different and off the well-beaten Jewish deli path, then stop by Court Street Grocers. You won’t be disappointed.

Sandwich Places In Brooklyn, NY - Court Street Grocers
Cubano Sandwich

6) The Sandwich Shop

This Brooklyn sandwich shop uses fresh ingredients with an international flair. You’ll find sandwiches like the El Cubano, the Mexican and the Chipotle BLT served by great staff and friendly owners.

Try something a little different with the Chipotle Melt. It’s a flavorful creation made with the Shop’s own chipotle mayo, cheddar, and pepper jack melted cheese over ham on a brioche bun. Limited indoor seating is available.

7 ) Milano Market Bay Ridge

As with most great Brooklyn delis, the Milano Market was started by an enterprising immigrant with a taste for great food. The Market’s two locations, the upper east side and bay ridge in Brooklyn NY, continue to be a family-run affair today.

Their Italian-style meat and cheese sandwiches are made with flavor-packed ingredients like ham capicola, mortadella, Sopressata, prosciutto di Parma, mozzarella, asiago, and roasted peppers. Stop by for a DIY charcuterie kit and take it home for a relaxing night with a bottle of wine.

Milano Market Bay Ridge - Brooklyn, NY
Italian Mortadella Sandwich

8) Brooklyn Gourmet Deli

You can’t miss the Brooklyn Gourmet Deli’s corner location on Fulton street. Just look for the fantastic, colorful mural painted on the side of the building. This place combines excellent food and great Brooklyn street art rolled into one amazing location.

There’s no inside seating. It’s a bodega with sandwiches to go. Grab a sandwich and a craft beer for a great meal at home.

Sandwiches And Good Craft Beer Selection At Brooklyn Gourmet Deli
Sandwich And Craft Beer

9) Defonte’s Sandwich Shop

Defonte’s serves great sandwiches with old-school Italian flair. Located on the corner of Columbia and Luquer street, it’s one of those hole-in-the-wall type places that you’ll want to introduce your family and friends to, as your secret hidden gem. Come early, though, or you’ll spoil that hidden gem illusion. This place gets crowded in the afternoons.

While everything here is good, if you need inspiration, try the chicken cutlet with vodka sauce, the Italian cold cut Nicky special, or the hot roast beef sandwich.

Defonte's Sandwich Shop - Brooklyn, NY
Chicken Cutlet Sandwich

Try A Few Sandwiches And Learn About The People Who Make Them

Let us show you a side of Brooklyn you may not have seen before.

On our Brooklyn Sandwich Tour, we’ll see destinations that you’ll not find in a typical guidebook.

You’ll see amazing street art and learn how the people of the Williamsburg area have influenced the sandwich game in Brooklyn, NY. Come with us as we eat our way through the history and evolution of the mighty sandwich. Book your next delicious tour!

Breakfast Sandwich At Mile End Deli


2 hours
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At least 1

New York Sandwich Tour

Join your fellow sandwich lovers on this fun, delicious, and thought-provoking food tour as we feast on amazing sandwiches in New York City.

Together we will visit foodie destinations that only NYC locals know about as we debate the question "what is a sandwich?", and answer it by eating different types of delicious sandwiches.

In addition to the delicious sandwiches, you will also hear stories about the history of the sandwich, and the people who make them. We'll also discover street art and learn about the history of New York too.

Come with an open mind, and leave with a FULL stomach (and an answer to whether or not a hotdog, a burger or a taco is a sandwich).

*Vegetarian options available, but not vegan or gluten-free (sorry!)

**Private tours are available for corporate teams. As experienced by Amazon, Google, Audible and more. 

***Don't see a day/time that suits you? Ask us for a new time and we can try to accommodate.

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A Sandwich Masterclass - Virtual Cooking Class

Welcome to the only cooking class  that answers the question “Is a hotdog a sandwich?”!

In this virtual cooking class - perfect for team-building events and corporate groups - we will create a delicious New York-style sandwich together across a fun & interactive one-hour Zoom call.

During the Masterclass, we will learn tips and tricks to make your sandwiches taste as amazing as the 'inspo' on @a_man_and_his_sandwich (IG).

We'll chat about our favorite sandwiches, learn about the history of ingredients between bread, and debate whether a hotdog, burger or taco can be considered a sandwich – prepare yourself for the lively debate!

2 hours
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At least 1

The Beers, Burgers and Buns Experience

Can’t decide between a bar crawl and a food tour whilst you’re in New York? Then why not join an experience that does both!

On the Beers, Burgers, and Buns experience we will do just what the title suggests - drink cold beer (or wine), eat delicious burgers, and bite into some (chicken) buns – as we walk through the fascinating neighborhood of the East Village.

Along the way, we’ll visit three unique bars and two dining spots, plus we’ll learn about the fascinating history of New York City – from the prohibition era to today – and hear the stories of the people behind the food and drink you will be enjoying. What more could you ask for?

This experience is only for those 21 years & older. EVERYONE must bring a valid ID.

Great for solo travelers, corporate groups, and private parties alike.

*Sadly this is not available for vegan and gluten-free diets. Sorry!

2 hours
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At least 1

Brooklyn Sandwich Tour

New York sandwiches are not confined to just New York City. Brooklyn also offers an amazing range of sandwiches to enjoy too!

In this experience, we will answer the question "what is a sandwich?" as we eat three different interpretations of the sandwich in Williamsburg, Brooklyn.

Together we'll visit destinations that you will not find in a typical tourist guidebook as we eat our way through the history and evolution of the sandwich.

Along the way, we'll hear stories about the venues we are eating at and the people who are making our food. We'll discover street art and we'll also learn how the people of Williamsburg have influenced the sandwich game in New York.

**Vegetarian options available, but not vegan or gluten-free (sorry!)**

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At least 1

Private Tours

Looking for a team-bonding event? Perhaps you want more one-on-one time with your sandwich guide?

We offer private/corporate sandwich tours for those looking for a more exclusive feel to their walking tour. As enjoyed by Google, Amazon, Airbnb and many other teams, your private tour can be customized to your group's needs.

Larger groups also welcomed - the more the merrier!

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