Need a Good Bathroom? Grub Street’s Guide to Loos You Can Use

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For over a year, we tested the theory that a restaurant is only as good as its restroom by scouring the city for notable loos, ranking them with the unforgiving rigor of our five-star rating system. Always searching for the straight poop, we visited certain facilities months before their restaurants had even opened (“I didn’t know you lurked around toilets,” Park Chinois’ dismayed publicist told us), and fell in love with old favorites all over again. In these dark rooms we found jack-o-lanterns, volumes of existentialist literature, live fish, warnings against cocaine peddling, waterfalls, pachinko machines, S&M; gear, and the city’s most expensive toilet. The only thing we missed was Larry Craig. We hope you enjoy the resulting compendium of loos you can use. Please put your own recommendations in the comments.
















44 (closed)
Amalia
Butter
Café Falai
Death & Co.
Flatbush Farm
Lucky Strike
Morandi
Park Chinois (preview)
Room Service
STK
Tasca
Tasting Room Café
Tropical Café
Umberto’s Clam House
Waverly Inn
Zucco




Bar 89
The Beatrice
Brasserie
Inn LW12
Pukk
Rancho Jubilee
Tao
Thor


Bette
E.U.
Farm on Addereley
Morimoto
Moto
Pravda
Quality Meats
Schiller’s
Sea
WD-50



The Box
Church Lounge
The Four Seasons
FR.OG
Gilt
Gordon Ramsay at the London
Kobe Club
La Esquina
Megu
The Modern
The Odeon
Peep
P.J. Clarke’s
PDT
Public
Sapa



Balthazar
Ninja
Ono
Pastis
Sakagura
Smith and Mills
Wild Salmon