Photo Essay: Inside Graham Avenue Meats & Deli, Home of the Infamous Godfather Sandwich

Vinny, Graham Ave's head Butcher, presides over this Williamsburg, Brooklyn landmark.

  • Photos by Liz Barclay
  • Sausages of all kinds, as well as croquettes and cured meats, fill the cases.
  • Cambria, Italy-native Vinny is the head butcher at the shop. He started working with meat when he was 14-years-old. He's been in Brooklyn since 1982.
  • Vinny trims and cuts a leg of lamb for a customer.
  • The Godfather sandwich is a constant favorite at the shop.
  • The knives of Graham Avenue Meats.
  • Neighborhood regulars pass through to grab a quick lunch, or various cuts of meat to prepare at home.
  • A waiting customer gazes at the cases, packed full with house-made sausages and cured meats.
  • Beautiful cuts of meat.
  • A lineup of the various sausages cased in-house, including spicy Italian and chicken varieties.
  • Prior to Graham Avenue Meats, Vinny worked at Cinderella & Parducci's Gourmet Store in the city.
  • Step aside vegetarians—this leg of lamb weighs 9.18 pounds.
  • Graham Avenue Meats' humble facade.

In New York City, there is opportunity to devour just about any sandwich under the sun. But those in the know, including chefs and butchers, agree that one of the best delis in the city is 28-year-old landmark Graham Avenue Meats. Opened by MIke Virtuoso (a.k.a. “Mike the Butcher”) in 1985, the bustling shop has stayed true to its Italian roots and recipes since day one. Most customers go for the infamously huge “Godfather” and “Spicy Willy” subs. However, in addition to doorstopper hoagies, the deli also provides an array of meats, sausages, and prepared foods ranging from croquettes to lasagna.

Click through the gallery above to for a look inside the deli.

Graham Avenue Meats is located at 445 Graham Ave, Brooklyn (718-389-9777). Hours are 8am-7pm Monday through Friday, and 8am-4pm on Sundays.


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