by Kevin Walsh

BRENNAN and Carr was founded in 1938 at Gravesend Neck Road and Nostrand Avenue and has sold roast beef sandwiches as a staple from the very beginning. It’s famed for its heaping sandwiches au jus, served with fries and other sides. For years, its combo burger/roast beef sandwich (the Gargiulo Burger) was a secret item known only to regulars. Its hot dogs and desserts such as blueberry pie a la mode are also highly rated. Though it has a popular takeout window, it’s a sit down restaurant with white-coated waiters (as opposed to its opponent in the Sheepshead Bay Roast Beef Wars, Roll n Roaster on Emmons Avenue, which has a fast food vibe). Unlike other venerable beeferies like Peter Luger, which specializes in porterhouse steak (though its lunchtime burgers are also highly scored), you can eat heartily at B & C for $20 or less (though recent inflation may have made that moot). 

To be frank, I’m not a big roast beef guy. To me roast beef is relatively bland unless it comes with bread, cheese and gravy. I found the Roll N Roaster roast beef sandwich relatively deficient. However, given the chance I’d take the Brennan & Carr Gargiulo Burger for a whirl.

Unfortunately I haven’t sampled the B&C treats since the 1980s when I had a friend who lived in the area, and I prefer to have someone along when in a sit-down restaurant. Who’s up for it? [Yelp reviews

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Ed Greenberg February 17, 2023 - 6:07 am

This is reminiscent of Phillipes in Los Angeles, a restaurant that insists that it invented the French Dip. If I get to Sheepshead Bay (I live upstate) I will check ’em out.

Dillie February 17, 2023 - 4:28 pm

I live on Nostrand and Avenue P. I’m up for a taste.

Daniel Herbst February 18, 2023 - 6:06 am

I’m a regular at Brennan & Carr patronizing them about once a month. I grew up in the neighborhood and have frequented the place my entire life. I’ve been told when my Mother was released from the Hospital after child birth she went their. She knew the Owners from our Parish….I’d sit down with you Kevin…..

Anonymous February 18, 2023 - 12:25 pm

I live a block from them, but I totally prefer Roll n Roaster. Better roast beef and sides.

Anonymous February 18, 2023 - 2:12 pm

I’m there a couple of times a year. It’s still good but not as good as it was. But it’s still busy most of the time.

Josephine Francis February 18, 2023 - 3:53 pm

Best roast beef now and then
Although things change with time
Lived on Haring street right around the corner
And frequented then and still now
You couldn’t t help going there especially when those
Roast beef aromas hit the air

Cass February 18, 2023 - 4:42 pm

I would go with you! Have been a fan of FNY since the early 2000’s! The best!

Anonymous February 18, 2023 - 9:12 pm

I had the gargulio last night…Me and my family eat there once a month..

bob Israel February 19, 2023 - 12:08 am

I’ve been eating at Brennan & Carr for over 60 years. I still look forward to eating there. It’s always great. Manhattan chowder, Beef on a roll, onion rings, blueberry pie and coffee. Can’t be beat.

Colleen Crowley February 19, 2023 - 7:06 am

I would go every chance I get, which was frequently. Roast beef and cheese, kfj (knife,fork job) style. Fries with cheese or onion rings. Family and friends, wr go together. Moved out of state, when I visit, I stop by for my roast beef sandwich.

Laura Johnson February 19, 2023 - 9:21 am

My family have frequented Brennan and cares for decades! We come from Rockaway . The roast beef platter could feed a family! This eas a favorite spot to take the Xavier gents after football, hockey , rugby game !

Anonymous February 19, 2023 - 10:03 am

Haven’t been there since the 1980s but I love it back then. I’ll be able again on day

Barry February 22, 2023 - 9:29 pm

I live nearby on R and Gerritsen and am up for it.

Vincent February 19, 2023 - 10:37 am

A true BROOKLYN institution and no one comes close, especially that place in Sheepshead Bay!

redstaterefugee February 23, 2023 - 11:20 am

Are you “Vincent from Brooklyn”, a regular & stellar caller to WOR710’s Mark Simone Show?

Margaret Eileen Devine Magurn February 19, 2023 - 11:02 am

Miss the best roast beef sandwiches . Haven’t one in 33years. The best in the world. Wish that they were here in Pa.

Chris Sorrentino February 19, 2023 - 11:45 am

Brennan & Carr has absolutely the best Roast beef in New York if not all of America . I have been going there from the 60’s and was there a few weeks ago.

Yuri Corona February 19, 2023 - 12:02 pm

Never been there, but I’m up for the ride
We’ll bring the kiddos by soon
Moving upstate in June

Kaye February 19, 2023 - 12:06 pm

Wow, the wonderful memories. Grew ip on E. 29th Street, brothers worked there when kids….long time ago!

Dan February 19, 2023 - 3:16 pm

As an eighth grader, I used to pass this place during my meandering bike rides from Kings Highway to Marine Park. I always presumed it was a “classy” restaurant — and therefore financially off-limits to both me and my hard-working parents. Sorry I never tried it.

Anonymous February 19, 2023 - 3:21 pm

I didn’t know it was still there. We always went there. We are going to hopefully come there soon. Great memories!

David Orenge February 22, 2023 - 9:31 pm

One of the best things about this place is that it gathers all of the disappearing residents of Southern Brooklyn that are still left over into one place, going there is kind of like going into a people time warp.

Barry February 22, 2023 - 9:33 pm

I live several blocks away on R and Gerritsen and am up for going there

redstaterefugee February 23, 2023 - 11:26 am

In case Brennan & Carr is too far away for lunch I recommend a trip to the nearest Arby’s for the best brisket & most reasonably priced brisket sandwich ever:


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