Maybe the best reason to visit this new addition to the Yerba Buena Gardens area is the building. Carved out of a 1907 power substation designed by Willis Polk, New York architect Daniel Libeskind married the old Beaux Arts brick facade to a shiny, modern blue-steel cube that looks a bit like an alien spaceship crashed into the roof. Libeskind based the design on the Hebrew letters of the word chai (life). Inside, the look is geometry-meets-modern-industrial, with soaring skylights and enormous windows that illuminate exhibits on Jewish culture, history, art, and ideas. The cafe offers sandwiches, salads, and traditional Jewish fare such as matzo ball soup, latkes, and bagels with lox.
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