Dressler. 149 Broadway (btwn Bedford and Driggs)
If you want to skip the old folks at Peter Luger (across the street) and also avoid the kids at Dumont (same owners at Dressler), then this is the place for you. It’s grown up, but not stuffy, and the food is worth the three dollar signs. I mean, they have a Michelin star. But lets talk toilets. Its down the stairs at the end of the bar. Romantic red walls with bronze fixtures, 2 ladies’ stalls, and music playing, earning it 4 flushes plus the Michelin star.
Put a bird on it (Portlandia clip)
Baci & Abbracci. 204 Grand St (btwn Bedford and 1st St)
I don’t spend alot of time in fancy restaurants. Specially not fancy Italian places. I don’t know about you, but I feel silly paying for noodles boiled in water and tossed in tomatoes. Maybe I am cheap, or maybe I have the palate of a 5 year old, but I like my wine cheap and my pasta from Trader Joe’s. Recently, maybe because I’m getting old, I’ve found that sometimes its nice to eat at places where you don’t have to order at a counter and that there’s more to Italian food than spaghetti and meat sauce. I love floppy fluorescent orange pizza, but there’s so much more to love. There’s also Battuta di pollo alla piastra and Cotoletta alla Milanese. Plus you can order in stupidly bad Italian and the waiters cant laugh at you. The restaurant is small but there’s a nice garden area out back. Bathrooms are single stall rooms to the left of the bar counter. I’ve never been when its very busy so its always been a nice and quick 4 flushes type of experience. Kudos on the scent diffuser and tile work. Baci & Abbracci is a place you can take your parents to, and that, to me, is a sign of fo real classiness. Oh and they give you free bread.
Bier International, 2099 Frederick Douglass Blvd at 113th St, Harlem
I am posting this after over a year of actually being here. But I remember pretty clearly that it was a really nice place, probably because my brain had one less year of tarter build up and things absorbed better. Swiss cheese brain aside, the place has floor to ceiling glass doors that were open at the time. A couple of guys were roasting a whole pig a big drum kettle on the sidewalk, which was quite a sight. The food was great. See the pics of the Croque Monsieur and Berliner Currywurst after the jump. The bar goes along the main wall, leading down to the bathroom. Your spirit guide to the toilet is a menacing looking wooden dude. Theres a couple of stalls in there and pretty large. I give it 4flushes.
Stew Leonard’s. 1 Stew Leonard Dr, Yonkers, NY.
If Walt Disney decided to open a chain of grocery stores, this is what they’d be like. Animatronic displays that sing and dance when you push a button. Free samples as you stroll along the maze of aisles. Soft serve ice cream hut that boasts flavors like coffee and pistachio. What makes it better than a theme park is the cheap prices, the meat selection that will blow away your summer BBQ, and the a/c is blasting. Youre gonna need to hit the bathroom before the long ride home. I gave them 4 flushes and would have given the 5 if there were robotic dancing displays in there too. Don’t forget to ask the cashier for stickers.
The Alchemist. 23 South Main Street. Waterbury, VT.
With summer coming up fast, alot of people will be leaving NYC and surrounding boroughs in search of a place to rest and relax while their beautiful concrete covered city sweats its nuts off. A couple of months ago I was lucky enough to stop through Waterbury, VT on my way to Burlington and was and still am blown away with how awesome a time I had. First stop there was The Alchemist, a 7 barrel brewpub where the amazing beer is brewed right in the basement and the food is locally sourced and damn good. This isn’t some bullshit Heartland Brewery brewpub where the beer is colored water and everything is smothered in mayo and fried. Pretty sure The Alchemist is what a brewpub is meant to be. If you’re in the area and need a place to hit up the bathroom, its towards the back on your left. You cant miss the sweet bathroom signage mural. Yes they are single stalls, one for dudes, one for girls, but in Vermont everything seems cleaner and nicer so I give it 4 flushes.
****UPDATE 08/29/11 due to Hurricane Irene, The Alchemist was forced to shut down for the foreseeable future. The storm caused the pub to flood. They hope to reopen at another location.
Eataly. 200 Fifth Ave (btwn 23rd & 24th)
With all this talk about Mario Batali’s rooftop beer garden, La Bierreria, opening up next week, I figured I should push out this Eataly bathroom I’ve been sitting on since it opened last summer. The place already has 3 different eating spots, each specializing in different fare, plus gelato, butchers, cheesmongers, etc all combined in a mega-sized Italian market. The bathroom is over by the beer display area, as Batali cheekily points out in his magnificent sign. This bathroom is a big, checkerboard floored bathroom. Although its a completely different atmosphere, the 4 flush rating is a big step up from Otto’s 2 flushes.
and some food..
Dutch Boy Burger. 766 Franklin Ave (btwn St. John & Sterling)
Yea, this is an aspiring hipster burger place in the middle of an aspiring hipster neighborhood. And who would trek out to Prospect Heights to eat anything, let alone a burger, amirite? So what if it has an adjoining bar, Franklin Park, in the back room? And a skee ball machine. And a photobooth. And an outdoor area. Its no Dumont Burger or Five Leaves. Not yet anyways. So for now, haters gonna hate and its too hood out here. But I digress. I’m not here to talk hipster brunch turf wars. I’m here to talk toilets. The toilet is right between the restaurant and the bar. There are two or three single stalls. I was lucky and landed the fat kid stall, equipped with tons of toilet paper and room for a photoshoot. 4 flushes.
Crif Dogs, Brooklyn. 555 Driggs Ave (btwn 6th and 7th St).
Brooklyn recently got a shiny, new Crif Dogs of their own right off the Bedford L. The bathroom was pristine, even sporting a mosaic of a wiener, earning it 4 flushes. Perfect for late night hot dog fourthmeals, and now that they finally have their liquor license, beer for rinsing it all down. Hope it stays down. Cheers.
I wanna be the one with the Gameboy around his neck. You can be the one with the Yo MTV Raps T shirt.
Check out the one in the city here
The High Line. Gansevoort Street to 20th Street, btwn 10th & 11th Ave.
Its kinda cold up there now, but The High Line is frickin gorgeous. It was built for use by freight trains back when trains ran at street level.[boring history lesson omitted] You can imagine how much of a bad and dangerous idea that was. No one had used it in a while so they made it into a rad park. Theres a sundeck with lounge chairs you can roll by using the old train tracks. Theres several public art exhibits. And theres a few local vendors who are given temporary permits, selling things like cider and donuts now and People’s Pops in summer. The greenery is kinda funky and so ugly its pretty again. You know what I mean. Its like a post-Apocalyptic walk through a meadow. The bathroom is better than what I expected from a “park”. Only two stalls, and a line, but clean. I gave it 4 flushes just cos it opens a whole 3 hours after the park does. And I just didn’t feel like it deserved a perfect score. I’m getting picky in my old age.
pro tip: sometimes I take the pic while it flushes, to cover the sound of the camera shutter as to not freak the ladies out
smokin in the boys room, gpoyw
Village Pourhouse. 366 W 46th St (btwn 8th Ave & 9th Ave).
I was recently (about a month ago) invited to a blogger Happy Hour meetup hosted by The NYC Menu Girl, Kerry, at The Village Pourhouse. The group was seated upstairs with a great view out of the open doors. We had lots to talk about (mostly bacon) and it was fun meeting other bloggers and cool people in general. The service was great and they kept the drinks coming pretty steadily. The bathrooms are located downstairs, all the way back and to the left. Everything is brand new, looks good, and really clean. There are two stalls in the ladies room. I give it 4 flushes.
Kerry is celebrating her one year blogiversary this week, so check out her site and twitter. She goes to tons of places to eat tons of delicious food and makes me jealous.
Aces Train. From PENN station to Atlantic City.
A few weeks ago I embarked on a life altering trip to Atlantic City. Armed with just a jacket, a good friend, and a round trip ticket, we set sail on our 24 hour adventure to Jersey. The ride over was smooth sailing. The lady at the ticket booth at PENN station even let us switch up our tix when I realized I had majorly botched our return. The train was practically empty and the only two chicken heads clucking were me and Michelle. Its about a 2.5 hour ride in to AC. Theres a spot on the train to buy snacks, cocktails, and energy drinks. I’m gonna skip over most of the deets of the actual trip because this is a family blog. The trip back at 11am, hungover, no sleep, and freezing cold air on the train was a recipe for pain and suffering, but all worth it. On to the bathroom. Its pretty much the opposite of an airplane bathroom. Its huge, door like a bank vault, and you don’t feel like you’re gonna get sucked through the floor when you flush. I also have to give props to all the most likely hungover peeps who managed to not puke it up in there. I give it 4 flushes.
I realize the paper roll is empty, but look behind the toilet. Its gonna be ok.
To get the water to run you have to push up on that metal piece, like old school soap dispensers.
If someone walks in on you, its cause you deserved it.
The Metropolitan Museum of Art. 1000 Fifth Avenue.
The Metropolitan Museum of Art. Where to start? Its huge, its diverse, and its always amazing. Its got artifacts, paintings, furniture, sculpture, music, the list goes on. For me the best part, other than the fact that it a few blocks from my apartment, is that you don’t have to pay the full admission because its actually a ‘suggested donation’. I’m a cheap bastard, I know. And while we’re on that topic, I’d like to let you all know, no matter where you live, Saturday September 25th is Museum Day and Smithsonian Magazine is promoting that by giving us free tickets to many museums for Saturday. The MET is a good choice and I guarantee you wont be able to see it all in just one day. When I say it is massive, I am not exaggerating. There are entire Egyptian tombs and colonial houses in there. So with that said, there are tons of bathrooms. I stuck to the one near the cafeteria, which is located all the way on the bottom level and straight to the back. It is quiet, big, and clean. I give it 4 flushes.
Art pics after the jump
Burp Castle. 41 E 7th Street (btwn 2nd & 3rd Ave) Guest Post by G!
We first went to this bar after we saw it on an episode of Three Sheets. They have a good selection of beer, or so I’m told. I’m not a big beer drinker. I did have a strawberry flavored beer there recently that was very good though.
The bar is kind of small and the lighting is dark. You might notice the weird mural on the wall with drunken monks and naked ladies. My husband can’t stop staring at them. There are signs around the bar that say “ NO LOUD TALKING ALLOWED-WHISPERS ONLY.” When you get too loud you might get a “shush” from the regulars! It’s kind of an inside joke for those who know how to read.
The bathroom is nothing special, kind of small but usually clean. There are two individual bathrooms past the bar in the back. Mo and I have done our share of puking in there, and it was comfortable from what I can remember of it. I give it four flushes because I know they spent a long time cleaning up after the both of us in there.
Taco Taco. 1726 2nd Ave (btwn 89th and 90th)
Yes, another Mexican restaurant. I like Mexican food. I think we’ve discussed this. This restaurant is the very first restaurant I went to the day I moved into my apartment late last year. I loved it that night and its only gotten better since. The food is fresh and the drinks are good. Last time I went Judah Friedlander was there with a hot chick! When you come in, keep walking past the cramped seating area, towards the kitchen, and go down the stairs on the right. You end up in a sweet seating area. This is also where the sink is. The bathroom is just a tiny room with a toilet but its not bad. Yes, its a single stall, but the sitting area makes up for it. I give it 4 flushes
Those are the stairs in the mirror
peace signs back.
White Castle. 781 Metropolitan Ave. Brooklyn, NY
I dont think I really need to say too much about White Castle. Its cheap. There’s not too much variety so its easy to order. Its good after drinking or for breakfast (which happen simultaneously sometimes). And they open late and sometimes 24 hours a day. Its perfection. To get into this bathroom you have to be buzzed in by someone, probably preventing pukers and other riff-raff from trashing it. Its a single stall but its huge and private and there’s room to dance. I give it 4 flushes.
30 burgers for $14.99. You cant beat that with a stick.
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