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sweeterpea Oct 22, 2007 02:25 PM

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!

  1. sweeterpea Oct 25, 2007 01:53 PM

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

    1. sweeterpea Oct 23, 2007 08:58 AM

      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.

      4 Replies
      1. re: sweeterpea
        BernieMSY Oct 23, 2007 11:18 AM

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

        1. re: BernieMSY
          jdmetz Oct 23, 2007 11:21 AM

          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
          Spiritchaser Oct 23, 2007 11:40 AM

          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
            sweeterpea Oct 25, 2007 02:12 PM

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

        3. JungMann Oct 23, 2007 07:42 AM

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

          1. sweeterpea Oct 22, 2007 05:11 PM

            Thanks for all the suggestions, much appreciated.

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            1. re: sweeterpea
              idia Oct 22, 2007 06:15 PM

              Giovanni's Venti Cinque
              David Burke & Donatella

              Blue Plate Special: Very funny!

            2. BluPlateSpec Oct 22, 2007 03:16 PM

              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. r
                RGR Oct 22, 2007 02:39 PM

                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. j
                  jhan84 Oct 22, 2007 02:28 PM

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

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