A Visit to the Gastropublic Restrooms at Inn LW12th

Feel the flower power.Photo: Daniel Maurer


Weve already remarked that Jeffrey Jah seems determined to make his new bi-level gastropub, the Inn LW12, the meatpacking districts own little Spotted Pig. The places poutine hasn't quite become the new gnudi, but we still wondered whether the trapping-and-fishing kitsch extended into the bathroom. Could Jah beat the super-cheesiness of the flower paintings that grace the Spotted Pigs facilities?

Concept: Like the Pigs digs, there are throwback picture frames hanging above modern tiles lining the bottom half of the wall. Theres nothing in said frames (except for one displaying a cartoon of French sailors), but there are plenty of flowers on the wallpaper.

Privacy: Just two unisex bathrooms means there may be a wait and not as star-studded a wait as at the Spotted Pig, where Alex Kapranos once asked if we were queuing for the loo.

Amenities: Upstairs, a gilded marble table holds giant paper-towel rolls; downstairs, a small stool fashioned from a tree trunk.

Drawbacks: Did we mention the meatpacking district?

Strategy: Chivalry lives in this part of town; ladies, if theres a line, flirt your way forward.

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