Huge news from the freshly-ranked #9 restaurant in the world: Alinea is hitting the road and popping up in New York City this October. Chef Grant Achatz tells Fine Dining Lovers that he plans to "transport" his three Michelin-starred Chicago restaurant to Manhattan "for a very short amount of time, undetermined but likely a month, maybe more."
Achatz explains that he hopes to emulate the Chicago experience in New York City: "This will be taking Alinea and literally plunking it down in Manhattan ... We will have 60 seats with the whole Alinea experience, I want it to be exactly the same." Achatz says he sees the pop up as a way to "test the market" of New York City for a possible expansion. Achatz does have some New York City experience, having done a restaurant swap with Eleven Madison Park in 2012.
Achatz is not the only chef with plans to uproot his restaurant. René Redzepi recently announced plans to relocate his Copenhagen restaurant Noma to Japan for two months in 2015. Also in 2015, Heston Blumenthal will be doing a Fat Duck pop-up in Australia for six months. And the Roca brothers of El Celler de Can Roca in Spain have also revealed plans to take their restaurant on the road with a "world tour" this year with stops in Mexico, Colombia, and Peru. As Achatz puts it in his interview: "I feel this is the new thing."