Dressing like a homeless vagrant may now be acceptable on the floor of the United States Senate but the standard slob attire worn by Senator John Fetterman won’t cut it in some of New York City’s upscale restaurants.
A reporter reacted to the move by Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) to change the stodgy upper chamber’s formal dress code by conducting an experiment to see whether showing up at fancy Big Apple eateries looking like someone who crawled out of a dumpster would be acceptable and the results shouldn’t surprise anyone.
For his experiment, the New York Post’s Jon Levine donned one of Fetterman’s signature hoodies along with gym shorts and sneakers to pay a visit to several of the city’s fancy dining establishments to see if he could get seated despite being dressed like a bum.
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I went to New York City’s nicest restaurants dressed as John Fetterman — It didn’t go well!https://t.co/N1U7i36qLe
— Jon Levine (@LevineJonathan) September 23, 2023
“He would not be permitted here,” a maître d who works at the Upper East Side house of culinary delights Daniel, where patrons can expect to be set back $275 for a seven-course tasting menu. “We have turned away guests for being improperly dressed regardless of their occupation,” said the worker who didn’t know who Fetterman was.
The reporter said that he was “served up an amuse bouche of stink-eye” from Julien, a maître d at Le Bernardin, a French seafood joint in Midtown Manhattan that was given a coveted three stars by the Michelin Guide where he was told “No athletic wear.”
“Le Bernardin’s wine director, Aldo Sohm, said jackets and pants were on loan to those with Fetterman’s fashion sense,” Levine wrote in his story on the results of his social experiment.
Levine also had no luck at Jean-Georges, a double-Michelin star restaurant where “no less than four sentinels outside its dining room vetoed The Post’s entry, ending the dream of feasting on the famed $368, 10-course tasting menu that includes caviar salad, king crab and smoked squab.”
“Inside we don’t allow shorts,” he was told by one employee who insisted that it would be “impossible” to dodge the dress code which forbids slobs from wearing Fetterman’s Sunday finest including sweatshirts, sneakers and jeans.
“It doesn’t matter if it’s Lady Gaga,” another Jean-Georges worker said, with a third stunned employee adding, “I’ve never had anyone come in dressed like …”
Levine’s brilliant idea was a hit with readers who served up their feedback on X, the platform formerly known as Twitter.
You’re a hero!
— Chaya Raichik (@ChayaRaichik10) September 24, 2023
This is brilliant
— Tardigrade (@XTardigrade) September 24, 2023
I love this. You deserve a Pulitzer.
— Dr. Jebra Faushay (@JebraFaushay) September 23, 2023
You mean they didn’t change the dress code just to accommodate you?
— Julia (@Jules31415) September 24, 2023
this is your magnum opus
— Joe Borelli (@JoeBorelliNYC) September 23, 2023
Amusing, but NOT a big surprise. Also not surprising that the US Senate has lower standards than nice NYC restaurants. https://t.co/2oFWwEWSx2
— John R Lott Jr. (@JohnRLottJr) September 23, 2023
While Schumer may be down with making a mockery out of the Senate to cater to the mentally-misfiring Pennsylvania galoot, not all members are amused and a bipartisan effort to restore the old rules regarding professional standards is reportedly underway with Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) leading the way.
— BPR based (@DumpstrFireNews) September 22, 2023
Another top Democrat, Senator Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) who serves as the Majority Whip, also expressed his dismay over Fetterman’s standard attire which was more befitting of a homeless camp than the “greatest deliberative body” in the world.“The senator in question from Pennsylvania is a personal friend, but I think we need to have standards when it comes to what we’re wearing on the floor of the Senate, and we’re in the process of discussing that right now as to what those standards will be,” he said during an appearance on SiriusXM’s “The Briefing with Steve Scully” that aired Friday.
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