Dress for a 'fine" dining experience in America

Discussion in 'Social Life, Food & Drink, Travel' started by kennethpollock, Jul 15, 2006.

  1. Dragon

    Dragon Senior member

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    I agree...sounds like a casual atmosphere to me.
     
  2. Nantucket Red

    Nantucket Red "Mr. Fashionista"

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    i'm with you on this. however, didn't you say you had been there before? you knew what to expect there, no? i wouldn't expect a restaurant with a warehouse ambience to require a jacket and tie.
    Perhaps it depends on the warehouse. [​IMG]
    btw, a friend of mine moved to seattle a few years ago and was fired from his job within a few weeks. the boss said he had a "california attitude." what does this mean?
    It's an air of extreme informality even where it is inappropriate, accompanied by a presumptuousness that is almost downright arrogant. At least this is how I would characterize it after a recent business trip during which I spent two days in LA. It's an approach to every situation based on the assumption that everyone is on the same level. To illustrate what I mean -- and KP should appreciate this -- when our party arrived at the hotel in LA, someone at the front desk asked, "Is someone taking care of you guys?" This was a first for me and I was dumbfounded. Our group consisted of two Japanese executives, one in his 60s and one in his 50s (who were far from being at a loss in these surroundings), an analyst from an investment bank who was looking after our arrangements, a female interpreter, and me. All of us except the interpreter were dressed in suits and ties. Being from an old New England family, "you guys" is used only among friends -- strictly first-name basis -- in the most casual of circumstances. It would never be used to address either your elders or a woman. Of course, at a top-flight hotel in LA, this is somehow perfectly acceptable.
     
  3. drizzt3117

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    I find it odd that men were wearing tie w/o jacket unless they had brought it but were hanging it on the back of their chair because of the heat, etc. That strikes me as very 'fast food managerish'

    I'm not particularly surprised at the informality, as I've seen jacket/polo, jacket w/o tie with dress shirt, etc, at Le Cirque, Per Se, and restaurants of such ilk. Sometimes you do see people wearing borrowed jacket/tie, which is amusing as well.
     
  4. tiger02

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    I had been there 8-10 times before, but the dress had never been this bad. Usually, in the past, about 1/2 in coat and tie. Things are sinking.
    Either things are sinking, or it's July.
     
  5. kennethpollock

    kennethpollock Senior member

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    Wait - you brought your own wine basket? Why?

    Unlike Seeger's and the Ritz, Baccanalia does not have wine baskets. I like their looks. Also, only about 1/4 of the waiters there know how to hold a wine bottle properly, so the basket remedies that problem. This was the first time they have had a sommelier, so he caught me by surprise. I do not know if he holds a bottle properly.
     
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    Wait - you brought your own wine basket? Why?

    Oh Bradford, I almost posted something snarky about this earlier but I held it back. It goes back to an earlier thread by the OP, it may have been lost in the crash. Apparantly it's something his friends do. I'm sure the waiter took it away to have a good laugh with his buddies.
     
  7. Nantucket Red

    Nantucket Red "Mr. Fashionista"

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    I had been there 8-10 times before . . .

    And yet . . .

    There has always been something about that place that I have not liked; maybe it is the California "attitude." . . . More disturbing to me is the appearance of the place; it is in an old warehouse, which in many respects still looks like an old warehouse. The yellow tiled walls make me shudder; too much like my old high school cafeteria from the 1950's.

    May I suggest that if you find so much about this restaurant annoying you stop going there?

    While I'm half in agreement with your gripes about restaurant service, it also seems to me that you simply take pleasure in complaining about how things are not to your liking. Do you derive a perverse joy from unpleasant dining experiences just so you can exercise your righteous indignation?
     
  8. kennethpollock

    kennethpollock Senior member

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    And yet . . .



    May I suggest that if you find so much about this restaurant annoying you stop going there?

    While I'm half in agreement with your gripes about restaurant service, it also seems to me that you simply take pleasure in complaining about how things are not to your liking. Do you derive a perverse joy from unpleasant dining experiences just so you can exercise your righteous indignation?



    Some people sleep around; my wife and I eat around-4 good restaurants a week.
    We do not have too much choice here, once you eliminate the chains, the hip "scene" places where the food is usually terrible and recognize that all Thai restaurants seem alike to me, as do most Indian and many Chinese, etc. We are forced to go back to all of the "better" ones once every 3-4 months, even if they are far from perfect, just to get some variety (and we keep hoping for improvement).
     
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    Some people sleep around; my wife and I eat around-4 good restaurants a week.
    We do not have too much choice here, once you eliminate the chains, the hip "scene" places where the food is usually terrible and recognize that all Thai restaurants seem alike to me, as do most Indian and many Chinese, etc. We are forced to go back to all of the "better" ones once every 3-4 months, even if they are far from perfect, just to get some variety (and we keep hoping for improvement).


    Why do you live in Atlanta then? I'm sure even California gives better choice.
     
  10. stach

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    Very well said.
     
  11. Tokyo Slim

    Tokyo Slim In Time Out

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    Here we go again...
     
  12. kitonbrioni

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    If seems that to be in an industrial district in an old warehouse and to expect people to be dressed up, is to invite disappointment.
    I encourage you not be their patron in the future.
     
  13. RJman

    RJman Posse Member Dubiously Honored

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    Ken:
    Gotta ask... Did you speak French there?
     
  14. Edward Appleby

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    Ken:
    Gotta ask... Did you speak French there?

    Haha

    all Thai restaurants seem alike to me, as do most Indian and many Chinese, etc.
    Wow.
     
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    Very well said.
    Why, thank you.
     

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