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Must-watch video for any foodie: 24 hours at Alinea

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Grant Achatz is a god, maybe even God himself. Which makes Alinea heaven or at least the best restaurant in America (and I’ve dined at Alinea, French Laundry, Per Se, Daniel, etc., etc., as well as served in Danny Meyer’s empire).  So check out this video of 24 Hours at Alinea and prepare to be overwhelmed at the detail that goes into the operation of heaven, err, the country’s greatest restaurant.

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How cool is this? Grant Achatz releases trailer for Next Restaurant

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How many forthcoming restaurants are announced, Hollywood-style, with a trailer? Alinea, opened in Chicago by Grant Achatz and Nick Kokonas five years ago this week, featured a short “coming soon” film on its website many months before its kitchen was built. Today, Mr. Achatz and Mr. Kokonas did it again, releasing a trailer for Next Restaurant and a cocktail lounge called Aviary, both projected to open in Chicago this fall. (The exact addresses have not been announced.)

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Alinea named top restaurant in U.S., #7 in the world; El Bulli no longer #1

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The annual San Pellegrino World’s 50 Best Restaurants rankings has been leaked and it contains some interesting developments from 2009’s list. El Bulli is no longer #1 after four consecutive years atop this set of rankings, perhaps not surprising as Ferran Adria recently announced he would be shuttering El Bulli for two years. El Bulli is now ranked #2. Alinea, previously #10, is now #7, but more importantly has garnered the top American spot overall. This on the heels of being named the best…

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