Lives up to the hype...but doesn't come cheap. Wife and I visited Next a few months ago and were blown away, so we decided to go crazy and try Alinea. Bro and sis-in-laws joined. Overall, spectacular. Yeah, the restaurant's not labeled, but that's on purpose. This is not your parent's fancy restaurant. Entryway was very unique, totally unexpected. Same goes for the elevator door that opens up to the restaurant. Look to the right and you'll see the kitchen and the army of chefs laboring away! Service, food, quality, originality, overall experience were top shelf all the way. We considered this a fairly rare dining opportunity, so we went with the reserve pairing ($250/per...standard pairing is $150/per), and were not disappointed (although, we would have probably been happy with the standard pairing). If you can get tickets and foot the bill, I wouldn't hesitate to go. I will be back.