Morty's is a Hong Kong-based Sports Bar and Deli approved by the New York Times. It specialises in classic "New York City-style" fares like Reuben Sandwiches, Pastrami on House Rye, Potato Salad, Bagel & House Lox, and Classic Cornbread selections. All using sustainable meat prepared for the menu and cured by the restaurant's own in-house kitchen.
Designed by James JJ Acuna of JJA / Bespoke Architecture, Designed in Collaboration with Kevin Poon and the Morty’s Team
Photography by Natasza Minasiewcz
The project's interiors, designed in collaboration between JJA Bespoke Architecture, Morty's and Kevin Poon, focuses on pushing the site's existing back-of-house kitchen towards the front-of-house, so passersby can peek in through the restaurant’s kitchen window from the sidewalk. Looking to a variety of Manhattan's local pubs and diners as inspiration, the team focused on utilising a simple and straightforward colors and materials palette; such as the liberal use of red ceramic tiles, brushed stainless steel, and monochromatic stone flooring. These materials are used to great effect for the long and linear "train-car" type "dining cabin" that the restaurant's patron seating area is inspired by. Everything in the project is created bespoke for the site, except the silver-coloured Aluminium Prouve Chairs sourced from Industry West.
Four large sized flat-screen televisions are spread throughout the restaurant floor plan so sports fans can enjoy international sporting events all day long. Both the front and back-end facades are flexible so crowds can spill out into the front sidewalk and back alleyway when it gets busy, creating a jovial indoor-outdoor relaxed eating and drinking environment.