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What to wear - dress code

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Hi all.

I'm going to be visiting NYC this week and was hoping to check out a variety of dining venues, based mostly on the advice of you, my fellow hounds. The thing is, I'm not too sure what to wear. Obviously for a slice of pizza, etc., it doesn't matter, but for some of the other finer establishments, I'm not sure. I'm a pretty casual guy - jeans and a t-shirt or khakis and a dress shirt untucked, usually. Please help me dress appropriately! Places I'm thinking of checking out are:

Degustation
Eleven Madison Park
Gramercy Tavern (tavern room)
Blue Hill
Babbo
Keens

Some of these will be for lunch, some for dinner.

Thanks in advance for all your advice.

Nick.

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  1. for lunch you feel comfortable with a button down and nice jeans
    for dinner add a jacket to that
    If your going with slacks...jackets aren't necessary in these spots
    don't do tennies

    1. I think you might be more comfortable in a jacket for dinner at Eleven Madison Park, but they won't throw you out. Your dress shirt and khakis will be fine at any of your other destinations.

      1. You can wear jeans and a dress shirt to all those places. Though you should ditch the sneakers and wear dress shoes. 11 Madison Park is the most formal, and you might be more comfortable wearing dress pants rather than jeans but otherwise you would be fine.

        1. Without making any judgments on anyone's personal preference for style, if you want to be taken seriously at all the places you mentioned or any where else for the matter, leave the jeans and tee shirts home. For dinner, Business Casual is a good safe bet for you to use in your decisions on what to wear. Even during summer months, it is preferable to wear long sleeve collared shirts over short sleeve polo shirts....and your a shirt should be tucked in at all times. Your slacks should be neatly pressed and your shoes should be made of leather and closed toe, never sandals, flip flops or athletic shoes of any kind.

          If you exercise appropriate dress for dining etiquette 101 and show the establishment respect, they in turn will show you the same proper respect as well and you will have a much better dining experience. Sadly jackets are not always necessary when dining out in today's world, but jackets do afford a certain amount of class and establishments appreciate the efforts their patrons make to wear one.

          Simply, these basic guidelines are proper and the right way to dine in the evening from a manners perspective and any establishments point of view....not necessarily the opinions from others who feel they can wear what ever they wish when ever they want.

          I hope this helps.

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          1. re: fourunder

            We had dinner at Eleven madison last week. At the next table were two college students and one Dad. The student were leaving the next day for school.

            Both were in jeans and got the same stellar service we did. And when I say jeans I don't mean Old Navy.

            I would definitely skip the sneakers at all of these restaurants though.

          2. Thanks for all the tips everyone. Now I can focus on the great food!

            Cheers.

            Nick.