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Next Announces 2016 Menu Iterations, Including a French Laundry Tribute

Also expect food from the Alps and South America.

Barry Brecheisen

Coming to Next in 2016: Alps-inspired comfort food, South American, and an homage to Thomas Keller and The French Laundry. Announced late this afternoon, the three 2016 menu iterations at Grant Achatz, Dave Beran and Nick Kokonas' ever-changing Fulton Market destination are inspired by European mountain cuisine, the myriad of influences south of the equator in the western hemisphere, and the 20th anniversary of Achatz's meal on his first day working at Keller's legendary California restaurant.

2016 will kick off with The Alps shortly after the new year, with food inspired by the mountainous areas in Italy, Germany, Switzerland, Lichtenstein, Austria and France. Expect blankets and "warm drinks"—and a (season) ticket price between $95 and $125.

The middle menu of 2016 is also the cheapest. For between $85 and $115—$15 more than 2015's cheapest menu—you can taste Beran and team's take on the many influences that encompass South American food (native, Spanish, Italian, African, Asian). For the second time in Next history, a la carte dishes (in this case, South American street food) will also be available on the patio during the Taste of South America menu.

The last menu of next year is a complete remake of Achatz's dinner at the famed The French Laundry from October 28, 1996, as well as a tribute to the chef and restaurant that Next's announcement terms "the most important restaurant in America in the last 25 years." This menu is by far its most expensive of 2016, clocking in at $255-285 for season ticket holders, although it's not as expensive as the current menu, Terrior ($295-355).

Current Next season ticket holders will get the first access to 2016 tickets on Dec. 9 at 10 a.m. Season tickets will be available to the general public exactly two days later. All Tickets are available at

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