Over the decades, dining out has become a much more casual experience, even at restaurants serving high end cuisine. The culture is today, at least comparatively, less stuffy. Additionally, during the economic crash of the first decade of the 2000s and fewer people were going out to eat, some restaurants relaxed their dress codes in order to keep customers coming through the doors. That said, there are a handful of places left across the US that still adhere to a strict dress code.
One such restaurant is Daniel, Daniel Boulud’s high end restaurant in New York City. John Winterman, the former maître d’ at Daniel, says “I break it down into self-respect and respect for others,” and notes that he seats the best dressed parties in the center of the dining room for everyone to see.
Why such an emphasis on dress?
The logic, from the point of view of the restaurant staff, is that if they are curating an elegant and refined experience, guests should honor that by dressing accordingly. An experience at a restaurant like this is meant to be a break from the ordinary.
If a fancy night out sounds like your kind of night, check out these other classic American restaurants that stand by “Jackets Required”: https://www.thedailymeal.com/eat/11-restaurants-still-make-you-wear-jacket-slideshow/slide-1