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A Sandwich a Day: Roast Beef at Brennan & Carr

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[Photo: Caroline Russock]

Last Monday, when I wrote about the Roaster Beef sandwich from Roll-n-Roaster, a few commenters suggested another vintage roast beef destination—Brennan & Carr, located in Gravesend. So I headed down Nostrand Avenue to see what all the fuss was about.

Brennan & Carr has been serving up dipped roast beef sandwiches since 1938, and they are some great sandwiches. You're given the option of dipped roast beef, with or without cheese. I went with the dipped version ($4.75) without cheese to get the unadulterated flavor of the beefy stock in which the sandwich is submerged. When the sandwich arrived in a puddle of juice, I was uncertain as to whether to tackle it with a knife and fork, or bare hands alone. I ended up taking a cue from the old timers in the wood-paneled dining room: no utensils necessary, just a stack of napkins.

While the entire Kaiser bun is dipped, somehow it doesn't fall apart while you eat it. The flavor was fantastic—rich, meaty, salty—and the beef was sliced paper-thin and very tender. Once I finished my sandwich, the waitress came over and asked if I'd like another. I declined, but in hindsight, I probably should have gone for another round.

Brennan & Carr

3432 Nostrand Avenue, Brooklyn NY 11229 (map)
718-769-1254

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