225 E. 57 St.; 212-371-9266; 469 Broome St.; 212-966-0605; 7 E. 20 St.; 212-254-6025
Yes, there are other places to shop for faucets and shower sets, but what designers rave about is this longtime favorite’s depth of stock, service, and the in-situ vignettes, so that even the creatively challenged can see how hardware will look installed. In addition to fittings, spigots, towel bars, and even bathrobes, Waterworks carries out-of-this-world fixtures, like the unbelievable egg-shaped matte tub in the .25 Collection ($8,925; higher in other finishes). The Soho store, in particular, is a marvel of retail design, with acres of white subway tile and mosaic marble flooring.
Best Plumbing Fixtures
From the 2007 Best of New York issue of New York Magazine
So what exactly does “best” mean in a city with thousands of pizza joints, hundreds of celebrity masseuses, and museum-worthy concept shops on every corner? Well, in the case of this, our annual “Best of New York” roundup, there’s a heavy emphasis on what’s new or what has somehow remained virtually unheard of (until now, of course).