Beam Me Up, Potty: Sea's Space-Age Restrooms

In space, no one can hear you pee.Photo: Daniel Maurer


Welcome to the Restroom Report, inspired by the city's most curious lavatories. When nature calls, we take notes.

The suspended pod seats in the lounge of Williamsburg's perennial Thai-eatery-cum-time-machine aren't the only nods to the future. In the co-ed bathroom, we encountered stalls that resemble VIP cryogenic tubes — complete with personal speakers and video monitors.

Sea
114 N. 6th St., nr. Berry St., Williamsburg, Brooklyn; 718-384-8850

Concept: Four private pods akin to the Orgasmatron in Sleeper.

Privacy: There's me time to spare in the three solo silos, but step into the one with three urinals spaced ridiculously close together and it's like you've accidentally walked into a buddy booth.

Pros: Ceiling speakers in each pod pipe in dance music. A tiny video monitor in the wall might capture your date booty-texting his backups.

Cons: The faucets on the common-area sink are tricky, and the push-down soap dispenser requires too much pressure when it's running low. Since the mirrors are located in the common area, doing your "gettin' some tonight" dance is out of the question.

Strategy: Use the confusing setup as a conversation starter.

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— Daniel Maurer