The Post tried eating at NYC’s best restaurants dressed like Senator John Fetterman – see how it went



Published September 23, 2023, 7:36 a.m. ET

Senator John Fetterman may be allowed to dress like a hunk in the halls of power — but it’s still a capital offense in New York City’s best restaurants.

Intrepid Post reporter Jon Levine learned that harsh truth this week as he traversed the Big Apple’s culinary landmarks wearing Fetterman’s trademark hoodie, gym shorts and sneakers, attempting to gain entry – only to face the scorn and ridicule of Maître d’s with more common sense than Congress.

“He wouldn’t be allowed in here,” sniffed a maître d at Daniel on the Upper East Side, where a seven-course tasting menu costs $275.

She admitted she didn’t know who Fetterman was.

“We have turned away guests because they were dressed inappropriately, regardless of their profession,” she continued.

At the famous Le Bernardin, a suit-wearing maître named Julien was serving an amuse-bouche with stink-eye when the mail arrived.

New York Post reporter Jon Levine was quickly shown the door to Jean-Georges.JC Rice

“No workout clothes,” he said flatly, staring at the post and refusing even a bite from chef Eric Ripert’s $480 dinner and wine menu.

Reservations are required for the three-Michelin-star dining room. However, visitors usually have access to the more casual lounge – although not if you’re dressed like you’ve just come from Pilates class.

An unnamed maître d at Daniel stopped The Post when reporter Jon Levine tried to enter. JC Rice

Le Bernardin wine director Aldo Sohm said jackets and pants were on loan to those with Fetterman’s fashion sense.

At the double-Michelin-star Jean-Georges near Columbus Circle, no fewer than four guards outside the dining room vetoed the Post’s entry, ending the dream of the famous $368, 10-course caviar salad tasting menu , king crab and … smoked baby fish.

“We don’t allow shorts inside,” said one, repeatedly emphasizing that it was “impossible” to get around the dress code, which also bans jeans, sneakers and sweatshirts.

Jon Levine, New York Post reporter, shortly before his expulsion from Le Bernardin. Aristide Economopoulos Sen. John Fetterman has made wearing ill-fitting clothing his hallmark in the Senate. David McGlynn

“It doesn’t matter if it’s Lady Gaga,” another agreed.

A third was so stunned by fashion’s sacrilege that she couldn’t even finish her sentence.

“I’ve never seen anyone come in dressed like that…”

New York Post reporter Jon Levine stands dejected outside the Daniel Restaurant in New York City. JC Rice An armada of distraught receptionists deny the post office access to Jean-Georges. JC Rice

The post was allowed to use the toilet.

Workers at The Grill — an ultra-luxe chophouse inside the iconic Four Seasons restaurant downtown — wasted no time in rejecting the fake Fetterman, keeping the door firmly locked after they caught a glimpse of it.

“If you got a pair of jeans, that would work,” offered a bouncer named Don, who boasted, “We treat the billionaires like millionaires.”

The Grill in Midtown wouldn’t even let mail into the lobby. A manager suggested that we buy some clothes at a nearby store.Aristide Economopoulos The post was also rejected by King Cole Bar at the St. Regis Hotel.Aristide Economopoulos

It wasn’t all bad news for Fetterman.

The Post entered Nobu and Gramercy Tavern without even looking.

Masa, whose famous sushi bar omakase experience costs more than $1,000 per person, was happy to host us.

It wasn’t all bad news for the post office, which was let into Eleven Madison Park by a masked guard. JC Rice

The senator is “absolutely” welcome at Eleven Madison Park in all his sloppy glory, a masked employee said.

The three-Michelin-starred restaurant, whose all-vegetarian nine-course tasting menu costs a hefty $365, said no evening wear would be expected.

“You can wear anything. You just have to wear clothes.”

The post is triumphant and waiting to take its place in Eleven Madison Park, where guests can come whenever they want. JC Rice

Fetterman’s unfortunate fashion shenanigans have left his congressional colleagues bursting at the seams.

Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-Ga.) has chafed at the Senate for recently relaxing rules to allow Fetterman’s wardrobe, which he says he needs for his mental health after his stroke, Senate Democratic insiders say.

“It is a shame that the Senate is no longer requiring senators to have a dress code to appease Fetterman,” Greene wrote on X, formerly Twitter.

“The dress code is one of the societal standards that establish etiquette and respect for our institutions. Stop lowering the bar!”

That brings us to the King Cole Bar in the swanky St. Regis Hotel — it, too, declined The Post.

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