New York Post reporter Jon Levine conducted an experiment by attempting to enter multiple upscale New York City restaurants dressed like Senator John Fetterman of Pennsylvania, who is known for his casual attire on the U.S. Senate floor, including a hoodie and shorts. Levine’s experiment came in response to the recent rule change in the Senate that eliminated the dress code on the Senate floor.
According to Levine’s report, he was met with mixed reactions at the New York City restaurants he visited. Some establishments denied him entry, citing their dress code policies, while others allowed him to dine without issue.
Levine noted that at restaurants like Daniel on the Upper East Side and Le Bernardin, where upscale dining experiences come with higher dress code expectations, he was turned away. Maître d’s and staff at these venues reportedly expressed disapproval of his attire, stating that guests had been turned away for improper dress regardless of their occupation.
However, other restaurants, such as Nobu, Masa, and Gramercy Tavern, did not bar Levine from dining in his casual attire.
The experiment reflects the ongoing debate surrounding dress codes and attire expectations in various settings, including formal dining establishments and government institutions like the U.S. Senate. Senator Fetterman’s decision to wear a hoodie and shorts on the Senate floor prompted discussions about dress code policies and individual expression in politics.