Tryst isn’t so much of a restaurant as a huge living room. Open to the sidewalk, the dining area is filled with a jumble of beautiful maroon couches and coffee tables — think hip people on new laptops ignoring the even hipper jazz playing in the background.
But this is no run-of-the-mill coffee shop. Along with an impressive variety of teas and coffee, there are drinks like the chaippuccino, or the Washington Carver, an ingenious blend of chocolate, chocolate milk, and peanut butter.
The food is equally innovative, with gourmet sandwiches like the smoked salmon, which comes with wasabi cream cheese, lemon juice, cucumbers, and watercress. Tryst also has standards such as quiches, waffles, croissants, and bagels. There are also the grilled PB&J, grilled cheese and tomato, and grilled Nutella sandwiches, all of which may be considered the great steps forward in sandwich-kind.