A casual affair: Has upscale dining gone downhill?

Within recent years, New York has mourned the loss of no less than four of its most venerable, high-end restaurants: Lutèce, La Caravelle, Le Cirque 2000, and La Côte Basque - leaving some of us to wonder whether the concept of ultra upmarket dining has finally reached its expiration date.

Before its closure in May 2004, New York's highly-esteemed restaurant La Caravelle had catered to the some of the world's most distinguished guests, including Salvador Dali,

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