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Like its minimalist table settings and interior design, Alinea forgoes playing music in the dining room to keep your attention focused completely on its masterful food preparation. With no music and only about 20 tables in the whole Forbes Travel Guide Five-Star restaurant, Alinea’s overall noise level tends to be hushed. However, the elaborate parade of 22 courses from the kitchen adds some hubbub to the dining room. In fact, the meal’s unusual plating and unexpected flavor combinations spark most conversations during the three- to four-hour dinner. It’s an experience as much as it is a meal. You will be so engrossed in your short rib with “pasta flags,” two housemade pieces of tomato and black garlic pasta suspended from a wood and metal flagpole, you won’t even notice the lack of a soundtrack.