Close to ""Authentic,"" but not quite.
As a transplant from Philly to NYC, I have been grossly disappointed with what local bars advertise as ""Philly"" cheesesteaks. My fianc? decided to take me to Shorty's last night b/c I recently had yet another bad cheesesteak experience and was craving something like home.
While the meat and cheese were great and very reminiscent of home, the roll was not even close. Anyone who does even the tiniest bit of research, e.g. ask ONE person from Philly, will quickly learn that a true Philly cheesesteak is always, always, always, served on a very soft roll (many in Philly tend to favor an Amoroso).
The rolls are advertised as being fresh baked from Philly, so I had to ask ... ""What bakery are they from?"" The answer is none. The bartender told me that they get them from Le Bus, a 1-off restaurant in Manayunk -- a cool, but very hipster town outside of the city. Needless to say, they are not experts on a true Philly cheesesteak (think South Philly), so why get your rolls there? After all, you are SO CLOSE to leaving everyone else in your dust, and the roll is unquestionably the single most vital part of a Philly sandwich.
Conclusion: The closest thing to a ""Philly"" cheesesteak I've had so far in NYC, but still a bit of a miss.
Shorty's ... while your meat and toppings are delish, start serving them on soft rolls, true to Philly style, and this review will quickly change to a 5-star.
Pros: Overall good food, great beer selection
Cons: Rolls created a ""miss"" for me