New York Deli. Shop 2-14, LG/F, Jardine House 1, Jardine House, 1 Connaught Pl., Central, 3665-0900. Nestled in the basement of Jardine House, Morty’s is ideally situated to draw in the hordes of office drones in the area. But instead of franchise slop, this deli keeps it fresh with a focused selection of sandwiches and sides.
HIT The shop specializes in pastrami (cured and smoked in-house), although there are also turkey and chicken sandwiches as well as bagels on offer. The Reuben ($118) is a no-brainer: smoked pastrami, sauerkraut and thousand island dressing on homemade rye. The base of the sandwich got pretty soggy with the juice soaking downward, but it was delectable nonetheless; the pastrami rich and moist, and set off by the piquant sauerkraut and dressing. The Cobb salad ($88) was colossal, with a multitude of ingredients (avocado, cherry tomatoes, red pepper, grated cheese, carrots, smoked chicken, egg and onion) that managed to stay crisp in the light French dressing. A side of coleslaw ($28) was a pared-down version of the deli favorite, comprised almost wholly of red cabbage. This sort of simplicity is appealing, though it may disappoint the more adventurous ‘slaw hounds.
MISS It goes without saying that the spread is meat-heavy, so vegetarians should stay away. The basement location means a lack of natural light, and makes Morty’s best saved for a rainy day.
BOTTOM LINE Morty’s does a few things very well, without bells or whistles, and unencumbered by culinary fads. We’ll be back the next time we’re craving more slowcooked pastrami on rye.
Open Mon-Fri 8am-9pm;
Sat 11am-8pm. $-$$