“Thinly sliced, seasoned pork served with a homemade, spicy au jus on the side.”
That sounds like comfort food, yes? In no way was I prepared for the in-your-face, garlic-y, pungent, cheesy taste sensation that threw my delicate tastebuds into serious sensory overload, so much so that for a few minutes I contemplated giving up and trying again, in search of something a little more … balanced. How could I have gone so wrong in my menu ordering? In not specifying my preference of cheese (provolone, sharp or mild), the sharp cheese was added by default, which only compounded the intensity of flavor: garlic-y broccoli rabe, spicy au jus, sharp provolone. Wow.
I think Shorty’s claim to be “NYC’s only authentic cheesesteak” is a little audacious, but the ingredients are done right, the goods are quality and the venue comfortable — I’ll definitely be back for the evening special — $8 for a cheesesteak and a pint, weekdays between 4-7p and 11p until closing. That’s a damn good deal — just make mine with mild.