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anon May 18, 2004 12:41 PM

I have a dinner date there in 2 weeks and have never been before. Are jackets required? If not, is it business casual? Would i feel out of place wearing nice pants and stylish sneakers? Thanks.

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    Nina W. May 18, 2004 12:45 PM

    Jacket is required in the dining room. I believe you would be quite out of place in any kind of sneakers. It's just about the most formal restaurant in New York.

    Best to call the restaurant and ask them what their dress code is to avoid embarassment.

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      Dude May 18, 2004 01:27 PM

      Roger that. Sneakers might not quite fit in.

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        Wilfrid May 18, 2004 02:03 PM

        Nina's advice is right, but I would pedantically point out that it's not remotely as formal as Le Cirque (ties obligatory).

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          Caseophile May 18, 2004 02:38 PM

          The official dress code is "jackets preferred."

          I certainly wouldn't go without a jacket, but a tie would be optional, depending on the time when you go, the circumstances of your date, etc. Sneakers would definitely be a bad idea.

          I have to agree that Bouley is far from the most formal restaurant in New York. There are plenty of places where jackets and even ties are required.

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            Amsterdam May 18, 2004 03:01 PM

            I feel comfortable with a jacket and no a tie at Bouley, where, as Caseophile pointed out, jacket is only "preferred" by the restaurant. I do feel uncomfortable, though, without a tie at restaurants, such as Atelier, where jacket is required, but a tie is not. I didn't wear a tie to Chanterelle the other night, but cannot remember if I felt uncomfortable or not.

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              Nathan May 18, 2004 03:17 PM

              I've found it a little difficult to discern this as well...I'm comfortable at JG with a jacket only but I imagine that at ADNY I'd want a tie...I wonder about Per Se?

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                Amsterdam May 18, 2004 04:39 PM

                I haven't been to Per Se, but to Ducasse and Jean Georges, I wear a tie. To be safe, I always one up the restaurant. So, if the restaurant says "jacket preferred," I wear a jacket; if it says, "jacket required," I wear a tie; the few restaurants that require jacket and tie (21, Le Cirque) are easier because you know what everyone else will be wearing. There was an article in the Times some time ago chronicling a man who went around under-dressed to restaurants with a dress code to see how the management would respond.

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              Nina W. May 18, 2004 04:54 PM

              Where are jackets and ties required in NYC these days?

              Besides Le Cirque, as Wilfrid points out...

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                mew May 19, 2004 01:12 PM

                I was at Bouley for dinner two weeks ago and most of the room was in jeans - in fact two male dining companions felt overdressed in their jackets and tie . . . but maybe that was a Tribeca Film Festival oddity . . .

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          emma May 19, 2004 09:37 AM

          so i take it jeans would also be a no-no?

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            Dude May 19, 2004 10:18 AM

            Bouley is a dressy, classy place. I wouldn't feel comfortable in jeans there, but women can wear jeans in places where men can't.

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              brooklynmonkey May 19, 2004 11:04 AM

              There were men wearing jeans when I was there a few weeks ago. They were wearing jackets, too, though. Some men can pull off that look. Many cannot.

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                mew May 19, 2004 01:14 PM

                I was at Bouley for dinner two weeks ago and most of the room was in jeans - in fact two male dining companions felt overdressed in their jackets and tie . . . but maybe that was a Tribeca Film Festival oddity . . .

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              ChowDown May 19, 2004 02:02 PM

              I go there quite often for brunch on weekends, and it's relatively casual.

              That being said, Bouley's is arguably one of the best restaurants in New York. That includes food, decor, service, elegance, and class. It would probably add to your meal experience and impress your date to reflect those qualities.

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                ChowDown May 19, 2004 02:08 PM

                I go there quite often for brunch on weekends, and it's relatively casual.

                That being said, Bouley's is arguably one of the best restaurants in New York. That includes food, decor, service, elegance, and class. It would probably add to your meal experience and impress your date to reflect those qualities.

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                  ChowDown May 19, 2004 02:14 PM

                  Looking at the repsonses, a fair amount seem to be obervations or comparisons, which answer the questions. I'm curious about opinions. What do you consider appropriate or right for the situation. You're going to spend a lot of money on great food in an elegant setting, how should you be dressed for it? Would you wear shorts, t-shirt and sneakers if allowed?

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                    Boneywasawarriorwayayix May 19, 2004 02:47 PM

                    I think the issue is simply: What rule does the place itself make?

                    If I am dressed appropriately for the place in the eyes of the staff and management, then I am dressed appropriately, I believe.

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                      Peter Cuce May 20, 2004 02:00 PM

                      This has been discussed to death at least a couple of times before. If you want to talk about this, it should be on the Not About Food board.

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