Best Public Restroom - 2005
Erato Wine Bar & Grand Market
The whole point of Erato Wine Bar is the extensive and expert selection of wines, spirits and beers, but a major component of its magic is the interior design. It's a warm and sophisticated array of subtle details designed by owners Tim Foley and Adam Pashea, who borrowed ideas from favorite places and distilled them into the Erato sensibility. All well and good. But the most magical spot in the place is the bathroom. It's a single-toilet room, a clean and quiet place, all sage green, dark cherry and wenge finishes. The faucets are Moen, the floor is tile, the minimalist TP stand is stainless steel, the folded paper towels in the wood basket are just a thread-count away from cloth. Method's Sweet Water in the soap dispenser somehow smells richer than it does at home. The room looks like a West Elm catalog page and feels like the definition of luxe accommodations. Even men -- who, let's face it, don't normally notice such things -- will comment on how splendid these bathrooms are.