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.
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..
Cacio e Pepe. 182 2nd Ave (btwn 11th & 12th)
I came here with some friends for one of those internet deals. You know, some coupon or voucher or some kind of other modern day food stamp. The food was good. Crowd was mostly old and possibly tourist. They come over to your cramped table and serve pasta out of this gigantic cheesewheel thing. The name means cheese and pepper in Italian. The bathroom is to the back, down a hallway. I’m going to be completely honest and say that I am omitting the fact that myself and a friend had a run in with a rather large insect of the centipede family. Oops, wait. I’m not omitting the fact, just the photo, cause it was blurry. 2flushes