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What to wear to Eleven Madison Park?

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A group of girlfriends (mid-30's in age) are meeting in NYC next weekend and have reservations at Eleven Madison Park. I'm very excited about the food but it's been several years (and two kids) since I've been to NYC and have no idea what clothing is appropriate for a Saturday night dinner (early dinner - later reservations were already gone!) at this restaurant. Help!

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Eleven Madison Park
11 Madison Ave., New York, NY 10010

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  1. EMP, and NYC restaurants in general, have, to my dismay really moved to a much more casual dress "code". That being said I'll add that at EMP, and others in this category, you would feel right at home dressing up for an evening out if you want to go that route but aside from dirty jeans and flip flops (not saying you would wear that) you should be fine.

    Enjoy your evening, you'll love it and I strongly encourage you and your friends to be interactive with everyone, i.e. table captain, Sommelier, food runners, it makes for a much nicer evening.

    1. I always "dress up" for EMP and it always feels nice and appropriate to do so, and there are always plenty of other "dressed up" people there.

      1. I always dress up for EMP as well. And, you'll see, so do most.

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        1. re: Nancy S.

          G of S and Nancy - I agree with you both and I think you'll see many more people "dressed up" than not, just wanted the OP to know there were options.

        2. Personally, I'd like to see you in a knee-length black dress with black stockings and pumps.

          1. i dressed up for EMP, but it was also sweltering in august so "dressed up" means a strapless dress and jil sander heels. and when i "dressed up" for le bernardin, it was a see by chloe tee shirt dress and ballet flats.

            1. While indeed, pretty much anything goes at NYC restaurants, EMP IS the type of place where a bit more dressed up simply feels appropriate. I would never go there in jeans and sneakers. It's not the kind of restaurant you just 'pop into'...it's more of a special meal type place, so I think you'd feel more comfortable there if you dressed accordingly. You can never be TOO dressed up. Nice slacks and a top, or else a dress, would be fine.

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              1. re: yippee1999

                Yippee's advice is rock solid. It would be disrespectful otherwise.