Rather than dealing in superlatives (all of which are totally appropriate), we learned a few practical things that may be helpful to other people.
Follow the website's directions for making reservations. As of this time, call in at precisely 10:00 AM exactly 30 days before the day you want to visit. Be prepared to dial over and over until you get through and then, to be on hold for a while. The reservation agent will ask you if you are celebrating a special occasion or if you have dietary restrictions. We noted several tables remarking about their custom menus reflecting the occasion as well as some desserts with candles, so it is worth letting them know.
The meal (assuming 9 courses [$295]) will last at least three hours and perhaps as many as four. We opted for a lunch reservation. The menu is not identical from one seating to the next, but the whole nine course experience is available at lunch (as well as five [$195] and seven [$235] course options). I am not sure that the "smaller" meals are available at dinner. I am also not sure that diners at the same table could select different numbers of courses.
There is are regular and vegetable tasting menus available. I don't eat red meat. I did not quiz the server on each and every ingredient of each dish, but there was just one course on the "regular" menu that clearly included red meat. I was allowed to substitute a vegetable menu item for the meat course.
The "supplements" are worth it. As good as the food is, the supplement my husband opted for that included truffles was amazing.
The wine list is daunting and some of the prices are off the charts. The list can be located online. Look at it before you visit. While there is no set wine pairing price, we gave the server a per person range (we used $250, but a lower number should work too) and asked for pairings. They were excellent and included champagne, a few half bottles, a number of great "tastes" of wine and some dessert wines. The pairings and explanations were excellent. We asked for and were given a printed list of the wines.
Also, the restaurant offered never-ending, house made bottles of carbonated water. If you prefer bubbles over flat, just ask.
After the regular meal and the regular desserts, there is a presentation of caramels, macaroons and fudge. We were terribly full and could not enjoy them. When I told the server that I was going to "steal" the wrapped caramels, she offered to package all of it "to go". The package was delivered to us as we left.
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