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No Jackets Required

We'll be heading to NYC in a few weeks; we're looking for nice meal at a restaurant that's fairly upscale that doesn't require men to wear jackets. Hubby so does not want to pack a jacket for this trip. We're willing to spend around $200 for two, without drinks, and will be staying in the Upper East Side. Thanks for any suggestions!

PS. please ignore my mistake further down the board!

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  1. My vote would definitely be for Cafe Gray in the Time Warner Center, very nice atmosphere, great food, and no jacket required.

    1. Very few upscale restaurants require jackets. And $200 without drinks will get you a very fine dinner at many places. A few that I like:

      On the UES:

      Cafe Boulud - http://www.danielnyc.com/cafeboulud

      On the east side but further downtown:

      Eleven Madison Park - http://www.elevenmadisonpark.com

      Fleur de Sel - http://www.fleurdeselnyc.com

      Tocqueville - http://www.tocquevillerestaurant.com

      L'Impero - http://www.limpero.com

      1. Many years ago I was taken to a small, very exclusive restaurant on the east side. I was informed that I had to wear a tie and jacket to enter, no exceptions. When I said that I didn't have either, the very "proper" hostess supplied me a jacket and tie that must have been rejects from a Salvation Army dumpster. As we continued waiting I saw a reflection in a mirror of the entrance to the kitchen and there I saw a bus boy (no tie or jacket) reach out and grab the backside of the very "proper" hostess, she didn't object to put it mildly. So I learned that to eat in a fancy place, wear a jacket, to have fun, bus tables!

        1. Thanks for all the suggestions, much appreciated.

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          1. re: sweeterpea

            UES:
            Centolire
            Giovanni's Venti Cinque
            David Burke & Donatella

            Blue Plate Special: Very funny!

          2. Gotham Bar and Grill is also one of the better restaurants in town that doesn't require jackets.

            1. Thanks for all the suggestions so far! Also, not only looking for restaurants near the UES, we don't mind restaurants suggestions that are easily accessible by subway as well.

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              1. re: sweeterpea

                I believe that the 21 Club may be the only restaurant in town that still requires a jacket.

                1. re: BernieMSY

                  21 may be the only one that still requires a tie and jacket. There are a handful (Le Bernardin, Ramsay, La Grenouille, maybe) that require jackets.

                2. re: sweeterpea

                  I just paid a visit to Telepan this past weekend and I can confirm that it is still wonderful and does not require a jacket. Your budget, if you so choose, could get you the 4 course tasting menu with wine pairing.

                  1. re: Spiritchaser

                    The menu from Telepan looks great, and a short walk from our hotel.

                3. Thanks everyone, so much. This info is very helpful. NYC here we come!