The Official Dos and Don'ts of Restaurant Dress Codes

When making a dinner reservation, there are many factors I take into consideration: Are there gluten-free options (celiac girls, raise your hands)? Is there a spicy marg on the cocktail menu (a true necessity)? What kind of dress code are we looking at? As a true fashion girl, I'm always looking for a chance to dress to the nines—except, that is, when I'm not.

Sure, on a Friday night, I'm more than happy to don a floral dress and a pair of sandals with chic accessories. When I'm coming from the gym on a Saturday morning, however, casual is key. The world of restaurant dress codes can be tricky, especially in a city like New York where there are thousands of restaurants to navigate.