Brooklyn Bridge Deli
Brookyln Bridge Deli is based on a neighbourhood New York-style deli. It has a simple offering: coffee, sandwiches, bagels and a few sweets. The TVs show Mets games.
The pastrami, corned beef, sauerkraut and Russian dressing is all made in-house. For those who’ve never inspected the cream-coloured gravy at the base of their Reuben, that’s Russian dressing, a New Hampshire invention made with mayo, hot sauce, Worcestershire and onion.
Brooklyn Bridge Deli is one of the few places in Sydney to make its own pastrami and corned silverside. It’s dusted with ground coriander and mixed peppers, then slow roasted at 110 degrees and brined. The finished product comes thinly sliced and steaming, with mustard, Swiss cheese and pickles between two slices of thick, dark rye courtesy of another Sydney-based New York puritan, Michael Shafran of Brooklyn Boy Bagels.
The corned silverside, which undergoes a similarly arduous prep, is served chunky in the signature Reuben. Other NYC-inspired menu items include the Cuban and the Philly cheesesteak. If you come in the morning, though, get a bagel and a coffee. It comes with a free miniature Oreo.