Fine DiningFine Dining can be defined as "themed, casual or causal food prepared in a setting characterized by aesthetic standards of cleanliness, esthetics and friendliness." Restaurants fall into many business classifications, depending on menu variety, preparation techniques, pricing and service, and how the food is served to the guest. Fine dining encompasses fine food and beverage service, but also includes areas such as: pastry and candies specialization, specialty coffee shops, and take-out food businesses. The most popular fine dining establishments are found in metropolitan areas. The most popular fine dining cities are New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Chicago, and Seattle. Many fine dining restaurants have taken their fare to another level and offer casual fare in addition to fine dining menus. In New York, you can find chic lofts in East Village and a stylish bistro in the Meatpacking District. In Los Angeles, Thai, Chinese, Japanese, and Indian fusion restaurants are finding their way to every corner of town. In San Francisco, casual cafes and tea houses cater to a younger crowd while fancier restaurants and gourmet cafes have made a home here. And in Chicago, one can find both traditional barbecue fare and creative carts that serve modern takeout food. When deciding on where to go for dinner and a movie, many people look at the restaurant's ambience. Aesthetically pleasing ambiance plays a huge part in the fine dining experience, and not just for the decorative appeal of a restaurant's outside facade. When diners step into the restaurant they must immediately feel at ease. They should be able to see their surroundings and feel at ease. Another factor in a fine dining restaurant's ambiance is its chef. A good chef creates an environment that invites conversation. He or she should use the best quality of equipment and cookware. Their work should be impeccable. It is important to choose a chef who appreciates the art of cooking and creates dishes that are inventive and colorful. Many times casual restaurants use carts, or food stands as they are more commonly known. There are many advantages to using a carte instead of a more conventional restaurant menu. One advantage is flexibility. With a carte or a select few dishes, a fine dining restaurant can provide options that may be unavailable with the more standard menus. This includes creating a wide variety of menus from simple choices to extensive dishes. Of course, there is also the matter of color and decor. Many fine dining restaurants use elegant table cloths and white tablecloths. These colors set the right mood for a meal. A restaurant can use colors that match the theme or decor of the room. However, if a person desires a more modernistic or less decorated room, it is possible to find restaurants that have black tablecloths or other colors that do not clash with the decorations. The most popular meal in a fine dining restaurant is dinner. Many people assume that the only meals in these establishments are those provided by the chef. The truth is that most fine dining restaurants employ chefs of some type. However, the chef may not be the highest paid employee. In fact, the chef may actually make less than the regular employee, which allows the owner to keep expenses down. Regular employees may include part-time waiters and some level of line cook. In addition, there may be regular managers that supervise the kitchen and the cooking areas. These chefs can learn how to cook various types of foods, but they usually begin their careers being a waiter or waitress. The fact that most fine dining restaurants employ chefs and other staff members also helps keep overhead costs down.