Alinea - Incredible experience
Don't think I can add anything to what has probably already been said about Aliena regarding just how wonderful it is but I would be remiss if I didn't state my agreement with all positive comments and reviews.
Alinea is a very rare occurrence where style and substance go hand in hand and create visually stunning food with incredible tastes, sometimes subdued, sometimes bold, but always sublime. Add to this the masterful wine pairings, impeccable service, attention to detail, and a serene environment in which to enjoy it and you get a truly special experience.
When you go you really appreciate that there's value there. Yes, it's a lot of money, but it hardly reflects the effort that goes into preparing the meal. My wife wanted to hang out in the kitchen after a recent dinner and we were tucked into a corner watching the "machinery" in operation. Not a lot of wasted movements and watching them getting the right course to the right place at just the right point in time was pretty impressive.
I agree with everything you wrote. Three visits thus far and each one was special. Still in awe of the 60 garnishes for the Duck??? dish last spring :)
This site has ranked Alinea the number one restaurant in the world for the past two years.