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Chef Yu @ 520 8th Ave

Address: 
520 8th Ave
10018 New York , NY
United States
(212) 736-6150
Toilet Paper: 
Somewhat well-stocked.
Neighborhood: 
Midtown West
Venue Category: 
Chinese

The Scrawl on the Wall

Spring Rolls, Chicken & String Beans, and a whole lot of LITs.

This place has great ambience going for it. Intimate lighting and nice, cozy seating if you snag one of the many tables with cushy couches. It feels like a date spot, but it's kind of not.

The food is okay, the service is terrible ( good luck flagging down your waiter if you need anything ), but the happy hour is an afternoon drunk's dream. More importantly, the bathrooms are clean enough that you'll feel comfortable drinking your weight in alcohol without dreading every trip you'll inevitably make to the bathroom.

There are two bathrooms: one upstairs and one downstairs. I almost never use the one downstairs, because it's too close to the kitchen, there's too much going on, and this is the bathroom people are more likely to use.

The beauty of the upstairs bathroom is simply this: the upper floor of the restaurant is huge and almost always unattended. There's nothing up there but a couple of large tables, empty space, and a bar, which is also unattended. It seems funny to me that the staff is so trusting, or more likely, so damn lazy as to think that one of these days they won't get jacked for their liquor stash. That is, if they haven't already.

But coming up here always feels like you're doing something naughty or engaging in some secret mission. And I guess you kind of are. It's also fun to look over the railing at the restaurant below. As for the location of the bathrooms, once you come up the stairs, round the banister and head left. Hook another left and the restrooms are right there.

The ladies' room has two toilets and it is somewhat cramped, but thankfully, it's a rare thing where you have to deal with more than one person being in there at a time. The stalls themselves are clean and always stocked with toilet paper, so have at it. Provided you're alone in the bathroom or you just don't give a damn, this is also an optimal place to take a deuce.
slackerology Female, 31 years old.
Squatted At Chef Yu @ 520 8th Ave
New York, New York
On November 16, 2013, 9:48 am
What I Did in Here: Peed and peed and peed until my bladder could be trusted enough to hop the train.