The legendary Red Hook hero shop—passed down through two generations—served Italian subs to longshoremen beginning in 1922. Grandson Nick Defonte runs this Manhattan branch, which caters to a daily crush of midtown lunchers with a menu of signature sandwiches both hot (roast beef with fresh mozzarella and fried eggplant) and cold (tuna with arugula and black olives).
261 Third Ave
|Cross street:||at 21st St|
|Opening hours:||Mon–Fri 9:30am–8pm, Sat 9:30am–6pm, Sun 10am–5pm|
|Transport:||Subway: 6 to 23rd St|
|Price:||Average sandwich: $9. AmEx, Disc, MC, V|