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Alinea Confirmation E-mail - "Our dress code would ask that gentlemen wear a jacket in the dining room"

Is this for real? Do I HAVE to wear a jacket if I have already purchased my tickets? I wear nice clothes when out, no shorts and sneakers (or - heaven forbid - sandals) but I hate sport jackets, leisure suits, etc.

Can't I wear a nice leather jacket? Or just a nice shirt?

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  1. You're going to get a fantastic meal from some great people. Why not play along this once?

    1. On my last visit the men at the next table had sportcoats and jeans, so it's a very light dress code.

      1. Would it kill you to have manners and abide their dress code?

          1. re: ferret

            You could wear a leisure suit to dinner at the Bakery. :)

            (Note: The Bakery was Louis Szathmary's popular upscale restaurant on Lincoln Avenue. It opened in 1963 and closed in 1989. Attire there was actually quite casual.)

            1. re: nsxtasy

              I actually owned a leisure suit, circa 1975-1976. My parents bought it for me and I could never actually wear it in public (not that I had good taste, the fabric had a weird petrochemical smell to it).

              1. re: ferret

                I wore one once within the past few years, though it was to a Halloween party.

          2. Sometimes you have to give a little, to get a lot. Just make sure the lapels aren't to wide...