Eleven Madison Park and Alinea to Swap Restaurants

Chefs Achatz and Humm, trading kitchen, customers, cities. Photo: Getty Images, Patrick McMullan

We had a hunch, and we're glad we were right. Two of the country's best restaurants will briefly trade places this fall: Grant Achatz's Alinea (Chicago) will move into Eleven Madison Park (New York); and Eleven Madison Park will move into Alinea. Here's how it will work: "For five days in September, dinner customers at Eleven Madison Park will be treated to a meal that would normally be served at Alinea. Then, from Oct. 10 through 14, dinner patrons at Alinea will get five days of Eleven Madison Park’s cuisine." Tickets, sold online, start at $495 per person. "We’re not taking it lightly,” says Achatz. [NYT]