Alinea by Grant Achatz and Nick Kokonas has adopted the same “it-depends-on-the-day-of-the-week” pricing model as its sister spot, Next Restaurant.
The set menu of eighteen-or-so-courses remains at $210 on certain days, but rises to $265 on more popular nights, making it a 26% PRICE HIKE.
UPDATE: Mr. Kokonas, commenting on Facebook, adds that prices will fall to as low as $185, a 14% PRICE DROP. Alinea will also sell 7:30pm weeknight tables for $240. So the total price range is $185-$265, an $80 difference from top to bottom.
Recall that Kokonas once told The Price Hike that Alinea could “charge double and still be full.” So, let’s be glad he’s not charging double!
The three Michelin-starred Alinea now only accepts reservations via an online, pre-paid ticketing system. Guests will pay a 20% service charge before dining (like at Next), while beverages and wine pairings can be purchased at the Lincoln Park restaurant.
So what say you world? Is Alinea a BUY HOLD OR SELL at $265? We’re calling it a STRONG BUY based on our experiences there. Check out the restaurant’s new(ish) website, as well as Ryan Sutton’s Bloomberg News reviews of both Next and Alinea.