STKristina's New York Bake Shop, 3248 M St. NW. Open Sunday through Thursday, 9:30 a.m. to midnight, Friday and Saturday until 2:30 a.m.
Georgetown not only seems to have everything, but twice as much of everything as any other part of the city. Except bakeries. Now, however, it also has Kristina's New York Bake Shop, which opened this spring in a tiny new M Street shopping mall. Its breads and pastries, made in the kitchen of Ikaros down the street, range from Danish pastry to hamentaschen, from baba au rhum to baklava. It has breads, among them a pretty round challah. And all manner of sweets, from tiny raspberry and chocolate tartelettes (very, very sweet) to decorated cakes. It does especially well with Greek pastries, pouring warm honey over the bourma and baklava before they wrap them. The karidopida, a nut cake moistened with syrup and based with a thin layer of pastry and raspberry jam, is delectable. It has an authentic apple studel with just a whisper of crust, and the apple cake and Danish fruit pudding look interesting. Danish and other pastries meant to be based on butter are just average. But who could complain about a freshly-made cheese Danish when you are hungry and it is midnight?
Kristina's New York Bake Shop, 3248 M St. NW. Open Sunday through Thursday, 9:30 a.m. to midnight, Friday and Saturday until 2:30 a.m.