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Dressing well for upscale restaurants while travelling?

Hey everyone,

I'll be going on vacation to New York shortly, and I hope to travel light. At the same time, I'd like to visit some of the 2- and 3-star Michelin restaurants, if I can get in. I might be able to squeeze a jacket into my suitcase, but I'd like to keep the rest of my clothes as practical as possible.

Would the following work OK for going to a place like Eleven Madison Park or Jean Georges?

* Ecco shoes:
* Black Dockers
* Button-up shirt, sort of like this, but I think with a black/red pattern:

Is there a huge difference between dress pants/slacks and Dockers? Does it matter?

Is it OK that the shirt is not explicitly a dressy shirt? Does it matter if it's plain or patterned?

Do restaurants really provide loaner jackets? This would save me some suitcase space.

Please bear with me. I've never actually gone to an upscale restaurant before — at least, not since I was much younger — so this is all very new to me. Thank you!

Jun 27, 2012
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