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Gotta Go? Presenting 18 of the Best In-Store Bathrooms in NYC

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Last December, we presented you with a list of the best in-store bathrooms, for those moments when you find yourself with a full bladder smack dab in the middle of an afternoon shopping trip. Since we're gearing up for another long holiday weekend, we figured now was as good a time as any to update it.

We've removed a few that no longer apply, like the temporary Apple store in Soho, and added a few new ones, like the opulent bathrooms (plural!) at Brooks Brothers in Midtown and the super sweet restroom at Tracy Reese in Meatpacking. Click through to view the map, and feel free to add your favorite go-to spot for when you've gotta go in the comments.


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Pottery Barn Kids

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Not up for asking potentially disapproving staffers in high-end Upper East Side boutiques if you can use their bathrooms? Head a few blocks east for this under-the-radar loo, which parenting blogger @MyMomShops says is spacious, clean, and private.

The Shops at the Plaza

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Forget the tourist-clogged restrooms at the Fifth Avenue Apple Store: If you can't go to Bergdorf, the best place to powder your nose near the south-eastern corner of Central Park is the bathroom on the Plaza’s basement retail level. The hotel’s chilly marble aesthetic translates perfectly to the world of the loo

Mackenzie-Childs

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This whimsical home furnishings store offers another unlikely place to go in a Fifth Avenue emergency.

Bergdorf Goodman

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There’s a reason the bathroom on the Bergdorf beauty floor won a Racked Award this fall. Actually, there are several: The fancy beauty products (this past weekend we found Antica Farmacista hand wash), the fresh flowers, the pleasant lighting. Even the practical amenities go above and beyond: There’s a nice changing table for babies and a convenient box of Kleenex strategically placed in the waiting area.

Henri Bendel

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Writes Racked reader @julesinheels, “Bendels has a great bathroom. Each stall is like your own apt.” We’re not going to be able to top that description, so we won’t try.

Brooks Brothers

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This large Brooks Brothers outpost offers restrooms on multiple floors. They're aren't many stalls in each, but the decor is pretty impressive and includes an all-marble design and orchid blossoms on the counter.

Opening Ceremony

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In his seminal discourse on the restrooms of Soho, Lucky boy and Twitter personality John Jannnuzzi wrote, “The day I found out Opening Cermony had a bathroom, the skies parted and the angels sang.” The bathroom is on the first floor and looks like a closet from the outside, so it's not easy to to find. The inside has cute pink-and-white striped walls. You’ll feel like you’re in someone's powder room.

Jeffrey New York

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Sure, there are bathrooms along the High Line, but this is definitely a more glamorous choice. Try not to accidentally buy any $1000 heels on the way out.

Barneys Co-op Chelsea

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The bathroom at the Barney's Co-op in Chelsea is only two stalls, but it's conveniently located right next to the fitting rooms. Because how many times have you brought in ten pairs of jeans into a dressing room, and then realized that you have to pee. Like, right now.

Tracy Reese

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When it comes to fancy interior decorating, Tracy Reese in the Meatpacking didn't skimp anywhere—including the bathroom. This lovely little find is clean, bright, and absolutely adorable.

West Elm

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By pass the rows of furniture home goods and head to the back of the West Elm store in Chelsea to get to the bathroom. There's no frills to it, but it's clean and super convenient.

Restoration Hardware

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It’s fair to expect a store that sells bath linens and faucets to have a nice bathroom, and Restoration Hardware does not disappoint. For Flatiron District pit stops, this actually beats that ABC Carpet restroom, which isn’t nearly as Moroccan-hippie-dreamy as you might think.

Room & Board

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If there’s one rule of thumb for finding good retail bathrooms, it’s this: Look to the home stores. Room & Board’s WCs are impeccably clean, and they’re not as crowded as certain other Soho rest stops.

Tory Burch

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The retail rivalry between Tory Burch and her ex-husband Chris “C. Wonder” Burch extends all the way to the bathrooms. In this case, shoppers win. Stop by for what one reader calls the “cleanest restrooms ever.”

BLK DNM

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Johan Lindeberg wants his BLK DNM boutique to feel like a clubhouse for artists. It certainly has Soho’s artsiest bathroom, a shabby-chic space dominated by a farmhouse sink covered in melted candles.

Bloomingdale’s

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Bloomingdale’s Soho has bathrooms located on three floors for your convenience: on C, three, and five. The third floor is a women's-only restroom and we'd recommend skipping it because the wait is so long. Your best bet is the fifth floor loo, which even has a bench so you can sit down and rest your feet.

C. Wonder

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This Spring Street newcomer has barely been open six weeks, but its bathroom has already become a favorite among Racked readers.

Saturdays Surf NYC

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This tiny little bathroom is by far the best decorated restroom in Soho. There are wooden accents everywhere, including the toilet seat, and surf pictures hanging on the wall.

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Pottery Barn Kids

Not up for asking potentially disapproving staffers in high-end Upper East Side boutiques if you can use their bathrooms? Head a few blocks east for this under-the-radar loo, which parenting blogger @MyMomShops says is spacious, clean, and private.

The Shops at the Plaza

Forget the tourist-clogged restrooms at the Fifth Avenue Apple Store: If you can't go to Bergdorf, the best place to powder your nose near the south-eastern corner of Central Park is the bathroom on the Plaza’s basement retail level. The hotel’s chilly marble aesthetic translates perfectly to the world of the loo

Mackenzie-Childs

This whimsical home furnishings store offers another unlikely place to go in a Fifth Avenue emergency.

Bergdorf Goodman

There’s a reason the bathroom on the Bergdorf beauty floor won a Racked Award this fall. Actually, there are several: The fancy beauty products (this past weekend we found Antica Farmacista hand wash), the fresh flowers, the pleasant lighting. Even the practical amenities go above and beyond: There’s a nice changing table for babies and a convenient box of Kleenex strategically placed in the waiting area.

Henri Bendel

Writes Racked reader @julesinheels, “Bendels has a great bathroom. Each stall is like your own apt.” We’re not going to be able to top that description, so we won’t try.

Brooks Brothers

This large Brooks Brothers outpost offers restrooms on multiple floors. They're aren't many stalls in each, but the decor is pretty impressive and includes an all-marble design and orchid blossoms on the counter.

Opening Ceremony

In his seminal discourse on the restrooms of Soho, Lucky boy and Twitter personality John Jannnuzzi wrote, “The day I found out Opening Cermony had a bathroom, the skies parted and the angels sang.” The bathroom is on the first floor and looks like a closet from the outside, so it's not easy to to find. The inside has cute pink-and-white striped walls. You’ll feel like you’re in someone's powder room.

Jeffrey New York

Sure, there are bathrooms along the High Line, but this is definitely a more glamorous choice. Try not to accidentally buy any $1000 heels on the way out.

Barneys Co-op Chelsea

The bathroom at the Barney's Co-op in Chelsea is only two stalls, but it's conveniently located right next to the fitting rooms. Because how many times have you brought in ten pairs of jeans into a dressing room, and then realized that you have to pee. Like, right now.

Tracy Reese

When it comes to fancy interior decorating, Tracy Reese in the Meatpacking didn't skimp anywhere—including the bathroom. This lovely little find is clean, bright, and absolutely adorable.

West Elm

By pass the rows of furniture home goods and head to the back of the West Elm store in Chelsea to get to the bathroom. There's no frills to it, but it's clean and super convenient.

Restoration Hardware

It’s fair to expect a store that sells bath linens and faucets to have a nice bathroom, and Restoration Hardware does not disappoint. For Flatiron District pit stops, this actually beats that ABC Carpet restroom, which isn’t nearly as Moroccan-hippie-dreamy as you might think.

Room & Board

If there’s one rule of thumb for finding good retail bathrooms, it’s this: Look to the home stores. Room & Board’s WCs are impeccably clean, and they’re not as crowded as certain other Soho rest stops.

Tory Burch

The retail rivalry between Tory Burch and her ex-husband Chris “C. Wonder” Burch extends all the way to the bathrooms. In this case, shoppers win. Stop by for what one reader calls the “cleanest restrooms ever.”