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New hoagie hub thrown into Sheepshead Bay's critical sub-culture

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Randazzo’s Sandwich Spot is finally open for business.

Legendary Emmons Avenue seafood eatery Randazzo’s Clam Bar opened its long-anticipated hoagie outpost on Sheepshead Bay Road last Thursday — joining a handful of neighborhood sandwich shop icons that could give the rookie delicatessen a run for it’s money.

The spot between E. 15th Street and E. 16th Street currently offers breakfast fare, about two dozen $6 sandwiches and seating for four — if you don’t mind sitting at the counter.

Owner Joey Randazzo said he’ll add two tables — and raise the cost of sandwiches to $8.50 — later this month.

“I’m very happy about the support from the neighborho­od,” Randazzo said. “So far we’re doing really well.”

But to succeed, the sandwich shop will have to rely on more than it’s good name.

Sheepshead Bay is home to several popular sandwich hubs, including Jimmy’s on Sheepshead Bay Road, Basset Deli on Avenue X, Roll N’ Roaster on Emmons Avenue, and Brennan & Carr on Nostrand Avenue — not to mention the fast food Subway store a few doors down from Randazzo’s.

Randazzo said he welcomes the competition.

“If people try my sandwiches they’ll never go back to Subway,” he boasted.

Randazzo announced plans to open a sandwich shop on Sheepshead Bay Road after losing a bid to open a new eatery on the Coney Island Boardwalk last year.

His competitors promised to fight tooth and nail to hold onto their customers.

“As long as the quality remains the same, our customers will keep coming here,” Frank D’Antonio, a manager at the 50-year-old Basset Deli, told shortly after Randazzo’s announcement.

Randazzo’s Sandwich Spot is open from 7 am to 8 pm on weekdays, and 9 am to 8 pm on weekends.

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Reader Feedback

melissa from manhattan beach says:
i tried them and i absolutely loved it. i think the unique bread made the hero.
May 9, 2012, 8:10 pm
Richard DeMendzano from Sheepshead Bay says:
I have been passing the new sandwich spot every day before and after work and I've decided to try a hero and bring one home for my wife. Lets just say that now they definitely have two new customers. The only con is that they were pretty packed in and their was about a 10-15 minute wait. Just be aware of that if you are in a rush.
May 13, 2012, 10:14 am
tommy joe from Sheepshead says:
i came for a sandwich, and left with only sauce. needless to say i was not disappointed.
July 24, 2012, 2:41 pm

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