Start lining up now to secure your seat at the new Alinea location in New York. Grant Achatz just announced via an interview with Fine Dining Lovers that he will be opening a pop-up Alinea location in an undisclosed location in Manhattan this fall. Alinea in Chicago has consistently appeared in the Top 50 Restaurants in the World sponsored by San Pellegrino, and was just ranked number nine in this year’s list.
Achatz said that the Alinea pop-up will be very similar in menu and atmosphere to the location in Chicago, and will only be open for a short period of time, most likely a month.
“This will be taking Alinea and literally plunking it down in Manhattan,” said Achatz in the interview. “We want to bring the experience to the diner as opposed to the diner coming to the experience. We’re at the point where we feel that restaurants now have a global reach so why not bring the food and the service to different cities?”
If you’re worried about getting a table with only 30-ish days of reservations available (you should be), Achatz hinted that the pop-up could lead to a permanent New York City outpost.
“Let’s see how it works, let’s test the market, will New York like Alinea?” Achatz proposed. “It’s worked really well in Chicago but will it work in New York? If we can open a restaurant in New York — imagine Tokyo, Paris, Singapore, London — just imagine the experiences my team could gain from this.”
Joanna Fantozzi is an Associate Editor with The Daily Meal. Follow her on Twitter @JoannaFantozzi