Yep, that's a beer bar.
Don't be dissuaded by the clean Scandianvian design, or reclaimed wood laid out in chevron motifs. Tørst — Danish for "thirst" — is heaven for beer nerds.
This Nordic-influenced temple to all things sudsy sits just north of McCarren Park, offering 21 draughts and a 150-plus bottle list, most of which you've probably never heard of. (Hel & Verdoemenis? Omnipollo?)
But don't worry, you don't need a beer PhD here. Let the very knowledgeable dudes behind the bar pick for you.
And behind those dudes you'll notice the taps, arranged from darkest to lightest. And behind that pristine array is what the Tørst guys call their "flux capacitor" — a carefully calibrated system of pumps and knobs and a mess of tubing that ensure precise temperature and measured doses of nitrogen and carbon dioxide for each brew.
The eats are less complicated (for now, at least) with plates of cheese and charcuterie and dark Danish rye. A backroom kitchen, called Luksus, is set to open this spring with a schmancy tasting menu by a Noma and Momofuku alum.
Oh, and one last thing you should know: Only for the most adventurous and liver-scarred, Tørst has a bottle called The End of History. And it clocks in at 55% ABV.
Price: 3 (out of 4)
Noise: 2 (out of 4)
Subway: G to Nassau Ave.
Scene: Nothing but beer nerds.
Hot seat: Anywhere you can squeeze in — this place will be packed for a while to come.
Best bets: Let the barkeeps tell you what you want.
Nearby: Five Leaves; Reynards; Isa