Red Hook: Defonte’s Fried Eggplant, Fresh Mozzarella, and Hot Peppers on a Hero
This is Brooklyn. And now we’ve come to Red Hook. How could we not recognize one of the iconic Italian sandwich spots that put Brooklyn on the map for those in the culinary know way before Brooklyn became “Brooklyn.” Anyway! It doesn’t get much better than Defonte’s, and while it was hard to choose just one sandwich (the potato and egg is also incredible), we like this best because the eggplant is beautifully friend and breaded without being greasy or leaden, and the mozzarella is creamy and fresh, and it’s all perked up with those vinegary hot peppers whose juice soaks into the hero bread. Yum.
379 Columbia Street, Red Hook