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List of America's restaurants that require jackets for men

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Last weekend train passengers around the world rode the rails without their pants. Until recently, cafe diners in San Francisco were under no obligation to wear even one stitch of clothing - a city ordinance allowed nudists to spread their depraved cheeks across restaurant seats and banquettes, regardless of the unsanitary consequences.

These may be extreme examples of America's accelerating abandonment of dressing in a dignified manner in public places, but dressing for comfort, even in 'upscale' restaurants seems to have gone mainstream...Hoodies are the new blazers. Baseball caps are the fedoras. Americans commit murder to capture a pair of sneakers.

In California it's not unusual to see adults wearing pajama bottoms in public. Visible male tank-top armpit-hair is as common in bistros as it is in gymnasiums. Silk blouses and oxford shirts have made way for t-shirts touting messages like "YAY, I POOPED TODAY!"

It's been a couple of decades since the coat and tie requirement for men in fine restaurants was the norm. For heedless gentlemen without tactful foresight there were always starched maître d's quick to extend the safety net with ill-fitting loaner sport coat and gravy-stained clip-on ties.

The easing of dress codes in fine restaurants, certainly a reflection of our demand to do everything casually, has essentially been a business decision by a desperate industry ravaged by downturn. Many upscale restaurateurs have conceded that the average American's idea of Friday night perfection is found at Applebee's or Ruby Tuesday, and if they can slice off a small wedge of that mall-bound "Mountain-high Mud Pie" clientele... it may mean the difference between closing and staying afloat.

Alas, there ARE some restaurant hold-outs across the country still retaining their dignity and upholding the 'jacket required for dinner' policy for men. Note...a couple of restaurants on this list may assert 'jacket preferred,' but make no mistake, better to don a jacket unless you're fond of sitting at the table next to the employee restroom. View the 24 photos list above.

Masa's
Masa's Masa's

Masa's

San Francisco

Due to reopen after shuttering a year ago, this Bush Street institution has been helmed by some of the nation's top chefs including founder Masataka Kobayashi, Julian Serrano, and Ron Siegel. Tragically, Kobayaski was murdered by Richard Ramirez (The Night Stalker) in San Francisco in 1985, two years after opening.

French Laundry
French Laundry French Laundry

French Laundry

Yountville CA

Thomas Keller's 1900 farmhouse has earned title "best restaurant in the world" from many sources. Keller serves two different nine-course meals daily, never using the same ingredient more than once.

Spiaggia
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Spiaggia

Chicago

Magnificent three-story picture-window views of Lake Michigan.  Chef Tony Mantuano prepares timeless Italian dishes - homemade gnocchi and black truffles. Much admired for an extensive wine list.

Les Nomades
Les Nomades Les Nomades

Les Nomades

Chicago

Elegant leafy setting in the Gold Coast neighborhood. Quiet and conservative, this refined eatery originally opened as a private club. Two dining rooms from which to choose.

Everest
Everest Vegan by Valerie

Everest

Chicago

Perched on the 40th floor of the Chicago Stock Exchange, Everest is gorgeous and romantic yet considered one of the city's best spots for business dining.

Tru
Tru Tru

Tru

Chicago

French cuisine presented in a modern, minimalist, art-filled (Warhol, Ricter) space. Broad caviar program is complimented by a 1,500 selection wine cellar.

Alinea
Alinea Alinea

Alinea

Chicago

On many 'world's top restaurants' lists, and chef Grant Achatz charges a pretty penny for his pay-up-front, no refund reservation, 20 course tasting menu. Extraordinary presentation...truly food theater for the eyes and palate.

Le Bernardin
Le Bernardin Le Bernardin

Le Bernardin

New York City

Midtown French seafood restaurant with Eric Ripert at the helm. Been capturing awards since 1972. Recent interior renovations - dramatic aluminum rippled walls and massive ocean paintings seem to cast diners 'adrift.'

21
21 21

21

New York City

Famed prohibition-era speakeasy with a celebrity following still greets guests with parade of iron lawn-jockeys. One of the last 'tie required' holdouts, before resorting to just jackets a couple of years ago.

Le Cirque
Le Cirque Le Cirque

Le Cirque

New York City

Synonymous with glitzy New York dining, legendary Le Cirque has outgrown its digs a couple of times in recent years. Currently occupying a 16,000 ft space in the Bloomberg Bldg. on 58th. Where pasta primavera was invented.

Bouley
Bouley Bouley

Bouley

New York City

Famed chef David Bouley delivers an elegant work of art in Tribeca. Vaulted ceilings, delicate candlelight and French culinary innovation (Scottish Blue Lobster roasted over coffee tree charcoal) make for an ethereal experience.


 

La Grenouille
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La Grenouille

New York City

Romantic French dining flush with floral bouquets has held a loyal following on East 52nd for fifty years. A classic old-school French mainstay with a can't miss theater menu.

Daniel
Daniel Daniel

Daniel

New York City

Superstar chef Daniel Boulud runs this three-star Michelin restaurant in a classical-French-renaissance setting. Perhaps the reigning star of upper East Side restaurants.

The Carlyle
The Carlyle Carlyle

The Carlyle

New York City

Gorgeous upper East Side Carlyle Hotel eatery rated high on 'English manor-house' ambiance but moderate on food quality. Retreat to the Café Carlyle for weekly performances by Woody Allen and band, IF you're into Woody.

The River Café
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The River Café

Brooklyn

Bobbing on an East River barge in the shadow of the bridge and blessed by waterfront terraces and sweeping views of Manhattan. Rose from ruin after Sandy - continues to enthrall locals, visitors, and film productions alike.

The Four Seasons
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The Four Seasons

New York City

Landmark with an interior that's remained unchanged since it's 1959 opening. Power-lunch in the Grill Room remains primal, where moguls still demand preferred tables and would-be's sit in the balcony...or 'Pool Room.'

Thomas Henkelmann at Homestead Inn
Thomas Henkelmann at Homestead Inn Henkelmann

Thomas Henkelmann at Homestead Inn

Greenwich, CT

French cuisine by German chef trained in Alsace - inside a boutique hotel on Belle Haven peninsula. Stroll exquisite gardens with champagne before dinner. Retire to one of 18 comfortable guestrooms after.

The Prime Rib
The Prime Rib Prime Rib

The Prime Rib

Washington D.C.

Dry martinis and dry-aged slabs of beef served amid a black and gold-walled 1940's vibe on K Street. Old-school food, charm, and a bygone musical duet ensure high energy evening.

1789
1789 1789

1789

Washington D.C.

Six antique-laden seating areas to choose from in a mid-1800's Federal-style building in Georgetown. Unpretentious dishes (lamb seems to reign) served for more than 50 years.

McNinch House
McNinch House McNinch House

McNinch House

Charlotte, NC

1890 Queen Anne/shingle style home of a Victorian-era Charlotte mayor. Classic dishes with Southern nuances - fish wild-caught daily from local waters. Tables serpentine throughout home and warmed by 10 tiled fireplaces.

The French Room
The French Room French Room

The French Room

Dallas

18th-century French chateau ambiance, vaulted hand-painted ceilings in Dallas's Grand Dame Hotel Adolphus. Several tasting menus (at a good value) from which to choose. A go-to special occasion spot for generations of locals.

Hôtel St. Germain
Hôtel St. Germain Hôtel St. Germain

Hôtel St. Germain

Dallas

Seven-course tasting menu served at a hotel that exudes New Orleans panache - the dining room overlooks a French Quarter-style garden courtyard. Enjoy drinks in the parlor while your table is prepared.

Commander's Palace
Commander's Palace Commander's Palace

Commander's Palace

New Orleans

135 year-old Garden District institution currently owned by the Brennan family. Famous for Andouille Crusted Gulf Shrimp & Grits, Turtle Soup, Creole Bread Pudding Soufflé, and their close-to-holy Sunday jazz brunch.

 

Galatoire’s
Galatoire’s Galatoire’s

Galatoire’s

New Orleans

Where tradition and civility still survive amid the madness of Bourbon Street. Reservations at the table Tennessee Williams' favored are occasionally auctioned for charity. Jackets for dinner and all day on Sundays.

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