This bar is influenced by the aesthetic of his films and the style of grand old school hotel lobbies (the Tenenbaums are living in a hotel at the beginning of the movie).
Furnished with couches and a fireplace, the space was once home to real estate offices.
Mirrors are decorated with anthropomorphic artwork by Sylvie Smith.
All bread is baked in house, including a crusty, flour sourdough ($5) accompanied by a creamy ricotta for dipping.
Marinated Cerignola olives ($5) have a meaty texture and silky surface, a classy little vessel provided for discarded pits.
Lamb ribs ($14) are a more substantial snack, incredibly fatty with a crusty coating and scattered with a blend of herbs, presented stacked up next to a thick swipe of tangy house yogurt.
A white bean salad ($12) is a crunchy, lighter-feeling option with sprouted lentil and a white balsamic vinaigrette.
The fried mortadella sandwich ($7) is a miniature bomb of salt and fat, on a puffy bun with fontina and ball park mustard, served with a little skewer of very sour house pickles.
A trio of finger sandwiches ($9) made with spongy house bread have textbook fillings of smoked salmon, egg salad and cucumber.
Oxtail tortellini ($16) gives a nice light touch to a normally heavy meat, pairing it with celeriac and a delicate brodo (broth).
A gimlet ($14) is part of a list of Mordecai Classics, a very simple marriage of Plymouth gin and "Rose's Lime," a tart sort of cordial.
A dirty martini ($16) is similarly stripped down to the essentials of Grey Goose, vermouth and brine for a clean, satiny take on tradition, garnished with a single squeaky olive.
A Caesar ($13) puts a twist on the iconic cocktail by pairing aquavit, tequila and “umami sauce with the usual Clamato and lime, accompanying the usual stalk of celery with a skewer of house pickles.
A selection of highballs includes a spritz, michelada and Long Island Iced Tea. There's also beer on draft and in cans and bottles, as well as a curated wine menu.
The space also encompasses a downstairs cocktail lounge concept equipped with private karaoke rooms.
The Lonesome City Revue
~An evening of Country & Western~
DJ Barry Spritzer spins quality country all night long
Live performances by:
Ian James Bain & Nicolette Hoang
In the Green Room (downstairs) at Bar Mordecai
Citywide Special all night long:
$10 Miller High Life + shot
No cover charge