Grant Achatz and Nick Kokonas lightened up the space, service, and food of their legendary restaurant without sacrificing an ounce of the place’s stunning creativity. A trio of tasting menus ($175 to $385) and wine pairings ($215 to $415) overflow with ideas both cerebral and whimsical. Your meal might include a trip to the kitchen for a cocktail made with a crank-operated cast-iron shaker; a silicone bowl plopped in your hand with cured and roasted pork belly cubes in a curry topped with banana chips and sunflower petals; or an unforgettable, multisensory dessert course served on a colorful Plexiglas art panel hanging from the ceiling. Tickets are available at alinearestaurant.com.
Dishes We Liked
(All dishes are part of the 18-course, $305 Gallery tasting menu.) Communal (osetra, king crab, condiments); Contrast/sparrowgrass/swirl (tomato/watermelon/parmesan, white asparagus)