Bar Type(s)
Wine Bar

Kristen Murray curates every molecule of flavor at her strange and delightful French-Scandinavian “pastry luncheonette,” where the experience veers from twee to revelatory, varying by the day, the plate, and your mood. You’ll meet both Murray’s sweet-craft and her nana’s lefse; bitter salads; a vermouth happy hour; and evening “dessert cuisine.” One visit lands you her “chocolate box”—black sesame seed cake, banana mousse, and chocolate mousse housed in glossy chocolate walls—so stunning it belongs in the window at Barneys. Another pit stop yields an otherworldly French toast, a thick slice of brioche coated with walnut paste and juicy poached fruit. It’s a gutsy spot—580 square feet of technical skill, refined palate, and tunnel-vision fervor.