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shorts & polo shirt OK for lunch?

rudysmom Aug 9, 2012 03:51 AM

...on Saturday at Orsay, UES. husband wants to be comfy since it looks like it's going to be disgusting this weekend. should i make him put on pants, or will he be all right?

  1. The Chowhound Team Aug 10, 2012 10:52 AM

    Folks, if you have specific information about the dress code or the way clients normally dress at Orsay, please share it. If you just want to comment on dress codes or the way people dress in general, this is not the place.

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      mushroomaffairs Aug 9, 2012 12:17 PM

      I always see men in shorts for brunch and lunch. Unless you 800years old and brought up in a different century, lol. I think shorts and polo is fine for daytime. Think country club or golf attire. Or long sleeve button down w/ the sleeves rolled up. If you have to, loafers, no socks, lol.

      NYC is so casual in the summer I see all kind of shit (cursing for emphasis).

      1. ellenost Aug 9, 2012 09:30 AM

        To resolve this quandry, you should call the restaurant and ask. This way your husband won't feel bad if he's the only one wearing shorts, and won't be annoyed if he wears pants, and sees other men wearing shorts.

        1. mcf Aug 9, 2012 08:49 AM


          Says dress code is "business casual." I'd put him in some light poplin or linen pants. Or chinos and just make him suck it up. ;-)

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          1. re: mcf
            Motosport Aug 9, 2012 08:54 AM

            mcf: I should have looked at their site. For lunch I would say nice khaki shorts and a polo would be ok. For dinner, long pants, as you suggest.

            1. re: Motosport
              mcf Aug 9, 2012 09:10 AM

              I promise not to look askance at your shorts if we ever dine together in warm weather.

              But I'm pretty sure that shorts aren't business casual... unless you're, like, a park ranger or a golf pro. ;-)

              1. re: mcf
                rudysmom Aug 9, 2012 09:20 AM

                just wondering if things got more relaxed on weekends. for the record, we are talking Dockers-type shorts, not workout clothing.

                1. re: rudysmom
                  MVNYC Aug 9, 2012 09:26 AM

                  Your husband will be much happier in shorts Isn't in nicer to eat with someone who is comfortable and not profusely sweating?

                  1. re: rudysmom
                    mcf Aug 9, 2012 01:16 PM

                    I'm pretty sure that "business casual" calls for long pants. I'm not their enforcer, I just posted what the restaurant listing says... you could call and ask them, though, before going.

                  2. re: mcf
                    Motosport Aug 9, 2012 09:22 AM

                    My shorts are very nice Nautica khaki's. Sort of like Bermuda shorts without the high socks.
                    Then again, you won't see past my colorful Hawaiian shirt!!
                    I didn't notice a dress code on the restaurant's site but the white tablecloths shouted out long pants for dinner!!! yelp just said casual.

                    1. re: Motosport
                      mcf Aug 9, 2012 01:17 PM

                      I'd only laugh behind your back, I promise. But take heart, I do that to everyone anyway.

                      1. re: Motosport
                        mcf Aug 9, 2012 01:19 PM

                        I find open table to be a lot more informative than yelp, though both have ridiculously high reviews for places tthat suck.

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                  UES Mayor Aug 9, 2012 04:05 AM

                  Toooooooooootally fine!!!!!!!!!!!

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