A tartine (open-faced sandwich) and orange juice at this bakery and cafe will cost you $11.86, but this was no ordinary sandwich. It was a killer slice of miche (the right blend of crispiness and chewiness) topped with roasted ham and gruyère, and hidden in the savory folds of ham and cheese was a wickedly rich béchamel sauce.
At 3:15 p.m. on a Wednesday, this gem of a place was rocking. Young and old, and everyone in between, were deep in conversation, reading, working on a laptop, or knitting by the fireplace. So, what's sweet? A dizzying array of pastries, cookies, cakes, tarts, and macarons, of which "Ugly But Good" is the cheapest—$1 gets you the palm-sized meringue with toasted pecans.