Restaurants with Dress Codes: Take Back The Night!

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by Bounder, Jan 8, 2011.

  1. KObalto

    KObalto Senior member

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    21 Club does not require a jacket. Upstairs at 21 requires a jacket, but not a tie (and I suspect if you're a paying customer they'd let you slide). When I attended at Upstairs everyone did have a jacket, 50% with ties.
    The 21 club requires a jacket for Upstairs and the Bar Room. The tie requirement was dropped about a year ago. I ate at the Bar Room a month ago and all the men wore jackets. The food was forgettable. http://www.21club.com/web/onyc/hours.jsp
     
  2. KObalto

    KObalto Senior member

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    Was going to say Prime Rib in Philadelphia... but just checked and they no longer require a jacket.


    I believe the original Prime Rib in Baltimore still requires a jacket except during Restaurant Week.
     
  3. kev777

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    I've been to plenty restuarants with a jacket and tie policy but to be honest the food was that poor that i would have rather eaten my jacket and tie !!!!!

    Dress code isnt always the guarantee of decent food only the guarantee that people will be dressed in a jacket and tie.
     
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    I have never been moved to go one place over another because of its dress code. Why on earth do you care what others are wearing?

    I'm not a fan of imposed dress codes - doesn't equate to stylish clientele and certainly has no bearing on quality of food. But do you *really* not care what others are wearing? When you go to such lengths over what you wear yourself? I'd much rather be surrounded by people dressed well, and preferably in some harmony with their surroundings (ie if the restaurant is stylishly designed, it's a pain if the customers bring down the aesthetic tone).
     
  5. mafoofan

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    Nope, really don't care.
     
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    The only such restaurant left in new Orleans. Sadly, Commander's Palace is now: "No shorts. Jackets preferred at dinner." according to their website. It seems everyone is now catering to tourists with no desire to dress up.

    The last time I was there, last year actually, they were still handing out complimentary jackets to those who did not come so equipped. I guess they have caved though, which really is sad if you ask me. I really get pissed when I dress for dinner, only to be surrounded by slobs in shorts and tennis shoes.

    Mike
     
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    I was unthrilled. But I have noticed this trend towards sportsbarification, especially lately. Well, it's time for the counter-revolution. Somehow, someway, we have to preserve at least the possibility of enjoying a sense of occasion. Everything need not be reduced to the lowest common denominator.

    You're much too late. Even if a place required a jacket, people would just wear an ill fitting black suit jacket with matching square toed rubber soled shoes.
     
  8. mafoofan

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    You guys honestly care how other people dress?
     
  9. Metlin

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    I go to a restaurant to eat, and I could care less about the dress code as long as the food is great.

    In fact, most of the really good restaurants I've been to have had a relaxed lounge-like atmosphere, where despite the clear affluence of most customers, everyone was dressed comfortably.

    Why on earth should I have a tie on when I eat? It's painful. And why on earth would I care about what the hell other people are wearing? I'm there to stuff my face.
     
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    You guys honestly care how other people dress?

    Yes, I do...at certain places. I don't know if you have ever been to New Orleans, but Commander's Palace is an old Uptown antebellum mansion. It is a beautiful setting and a grand old establishment. It is a New Orleans tradition and I think coming in there like a slob is a slap in the face. Part of the charm of that place is the environment it creates, which is from another time. I would never go there not dressed, period.

    Now, there are plenty of places where I don't care, but they are not Commander's.

    Mike
     
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    who cares? restaurants (and their customers) should focus on the food........but that would be too logical, right?
    As I focus on my food, I don't want to be distracted by the unwashed.
     
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    I have never been moved to go one place over another because of its dress code. Why on earth do you care what others are wearing?

    +1, end of story.
     
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    Yes, I do...at certain places. I don't know if you have ever been to New Orleans, but Commander's Palace is an old Uptown antebellum mansion. It is a beautiful setting and a grand old establishment. It is a New Orleans tradition and I think coming in there like a slob is a slap in the face. Part of the charm of that place is the environment it creates, which is from another time. I would never go there not dressed, period.

    Now, there are plenty of places where I don't care, but they are not Commander's.

    Mike


    Just went there a couple weeks ago..............sadly, but not surprising, the food was mediocre.
     
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    I have never been moved to go one place over another because of its dress code.
    I haven't either. But ... if the quality of the food is high and the decor is outstanding ... I do appreciate it when the dress of the patrons is "in sync."
     
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    I live in Charlotte and do not know of one place that has a dress code. I have been in high end places and had people in jeans and t-shirts a couple tables away. It is just part of why most countries see the US as a bunch of over indulgent slobs.
     

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