While New York kicks Chicago's ass 33 times over (for our music, shopping, pizza), the windy city has one thing on us: Alinea, the three-Michelin starred restaurant from chef-mastermind Grant Achatz. But not for long.
Anointed the No. 1 restaurant in the country by Gourmet and awarded a James Beard for its service, the modernist molecular kitchen is making a cameo in New York this summer. When Alinea closes for renovations in August, Achatz will bring the 18- and 22-course menu to a month-long pop-up in Manhattan.
This isn't the first time Achatz has invaded Gotham: In October 2013, he partnered with Alex Stupak at Empellón Cocina's Push Project dinner series, swapped places with Eleven Madison Park chef Daniel Humm in 2012, and joined fellow celebutoques like David Chang (Momofuku Ko) and Michael Anthony in the kitchen at Gramercy Tavern's Autumn Harvest Dinner back in 2010. He even co-starred in the gastro documentary Spinning Plates. This time he's riding solo—that is, sans NYC chefs but with his Chicago crew—at what may turn out to be a replica of Alinea's dining room somewhere uptown. Check back for location, menu and timing updates in the coming weeks.