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Alinea’s avant-garde molecular gastronomy and cutting-edge food presentation force us to reexamine how we process food — how it tastes, smells and makes us feel. Naturally, that revelatory experience comes with a hefty price tag. At Alinea, there aren’t any à la carte dishes; instead you feast on the restaurant’s 22-course tasting menu, which costs between $210 and $265 per person, depending on the day. Additional wine pairings range from the standard $135 per person to $195 for the reserved pairing, which features rare pours. You should plan on spending $400 to $500 per person if you pair the meal with wine. Dinner for two with tax and tip can cost upwards of $1,000. A meal at Alinea is expensive and recommended for special occasions, but we assure you that this Forbes Travel Guide Five-Star restaurant will create a lasting impression.