Dinner for two at Next, a Chicago restaurant that overhauls its entire menu three times a year, will cost over $500 per person in its latest iteration, we report over at Eater. Yeah, that’s a lot of money.
The menu, which revisits the time chef Grant Achtatz spent at Trio before he opened Alinea, starts at $245 during off-peak hours and reaches $255 on Friday and Saturday nights. Wine pairings are $138. Add on Chicago sales tax (10.5%) and the service charge (20%) and you’re at $1,015 for two.
Trio appears to be Next’s most expensive menu to date. Previously, the el Bulli service was $365 with pairings. Last year’s Bocuse d’Or menu, by contrast, was $313 with regular pairings, or $363 with reserve wines. The Trio service is spendiest of all, at $383-$393 before tax and tip. As is the case with every menu at Next, tables are booked by paying for the full price of the meal in advance, via the restaurant’s online ticketing system.
So what say you world. Is Next’s new menu a BUY HOLD OR SELL?