A haven of good, honest food, Stan's Deli & Sandwiches is a modern riff on the classic New York diner. It's the work of local hospitality veterans Guy Bentley (Leonardo's Pizza Palace, Leonards House of Love), Todd Vanneste (Frankie's Tortas & Tacos), Alex Gavioli (formerly Moby 3143 and Lenny 3206) and Aaron Trotman of wine label Non.
Decked out in green and white, the charming fit-out is the work of Vanneste's Weekdays Design Studio.
Coffee comes courtesy of Small Batch, while the food menu serves up a finely tuned celebration of simplicity, focused on straightforward flavours and a stack of elements crafted in-house. You'll find 5 & Dime bagels loaded with the likes of whipped ricotta, lemon and dill ($7.50), or with pastrami, pickles, sauerkraut and mustard ($14). The sandwich game is strong, including the roast chook sanga with Swiss gruyere, herb mayo and green tomatoes that are salted overnight ($15). Pork and fennel sausage comes housed in a muffin alongside curried egg and cheese ($14), while an eggplant parm sandwich features a mix of napoli, mozzarella, peppers and rocket ($14). Everything is available to go, as well as to enjoy in — and while you're there you'll find a deli section stocked with the likes of Chappy's chips, Birdsnake chocolate, Strange Love sodas and Non's booze-free wines.