It would have been the ultimate glitzy foodie evening… buying out the whole of Next or The Aviary for New Year’s Eve dinner. But given the extraordinary demand for two-tops and four-tops at Next, and the strong (if not quite so desperate) interest in The Aviary, it’s perhaps not surprising that in the end, Team Achatz decided to go the traditional route. (We suspect they may have been late in the game to snare a superrich fish throwing a fancy bash; those events have probably been planned for months.) You now have a shot again at landing a table for two or four at Next, The Aviary or a special Alinea-Aviary package. Next is $175 per person (plus tax, service and wine pairings) for an early seating, and $265 per person for a late seating that includes a midnight champagne toast and other extras. The Aviary will be $250 per person for 9 p.m. to 2 p.m.— or you can take in both Alinea and Aviary through a special package that includes early dinner, and a limo to The Aviary’s party; it’s just $700 per person (tables of four only). Just send your desperate plea request including party size, choice of early or late seating, and contact info to NYE@nextrestaurant or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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