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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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In the gilded world of Per Se’s kitchen

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You would think that in a lingering recession, the real urgency at Per Se would come from money matters, from the natural inclination of budget-conscious eaters to set aside their Visas for the moment and sate themselves on $13 Kung Pao chicken dinners instead of on a menu whose base cost is $275 a head. But in fact, the kitchen — 5,000 steel-and-tile square feet of it — is a lesson in the little-known field of gastro-economics: When it comes…

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Dinner at Per Se – The Meal

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After introducing myself to the hosts at Per Se and asking if I could just take a peek at the dining room during the evening’s service, I was invited to have a seat at the anteroom/bar and enjoy a drink. I was wearing a rather dapper outfit, the highlight of which was a camel hair sport coat from Brooks Brothers, so I decided to head to the bar. Just looking at the wine list is enough to make any oenophile’s…

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Dinner at Per Se – Part 1

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The original intent of what was my second foray into the city was to see There Will Be Blood, the critically acclaimed film by one of my favorite directors, PT Anderson, starring one of the absolute best actors, Daniel Day Lewis, working today. This was my first moviegoing experience in the Big Apple and let me tell you, Going to the Show, as my ol’ man liked to call it, is a lot different here than it is in the ‘burg.…

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