Do Morandi’s Restrooms Live Up to the Rest of McNally’s?

From left, the waiting hallway; one of the wash closets.


As far as restrooms go, Keith McNallys are the gold standard. The man has pissed away a great deal of money importing gigantic urinals and sinks (as Schillers barkeep Corey Lima told us, boozed-up patrons often mistake one for the other), and his restroom lounges are bigger (and have nicer furniture) than certain apartments weve lived in. When he built the bathrooms at his new venture Morandi, he mustve known everyone was watching. Did he suffer from performance anxiety?

Theme: Four doors of unfinished pine, electric candle sconces, and wreaths in the waiting hallway exude a Little Red Riding Hood vibe.

Privacy: Its unnerving to see spectre-like shadows move in the frosted-glass windows. The doors close noisily.

Amenities: A wicker wastebasket; a couple of candles sit on top of the paper-towel dispenser.

Drawbacks: One of the doors in the claustrophobic waiting hallway is marked WC but is actually a coat closet. Plus smallest sinks ever.

Strategy: Take your tablecloth into the loo with you; youll need to use it as an apron to avoid sink splash.

Rating: [No stars]
Daniel Maurer