After taking diners on a tour of the Alps, South America, and Thomas Keller's famed The French Laundry in 2016, Next will follow that up by taking eaters back in time, to the silver screen and bring in some of the world's best chefs in 2017. Grant Achatz, Nick Kokonas and chef Jenner Tomaska revealed next year's menu iterations today: Ancient Rome, Hollywood, and World's 50 Best. Season ticket holders get first crack at seats beginning Dec. 7 at 10 a.m.
Ancient Rome will be the first concept at the Fulton Market powerhouse in 2017, running Jan. 25 until April 20. The menu is inspired by the volumes of the 4th or 5th century Roman cookbook Apicius or On the Subject of Cooking, "focusing on a forgotten historical cuisine with our modern lens." It costs between $115 and $145, and all prices are dependent on day and time and before beverage pairings.
The restaurant will go Hollywood after that — or at least craft a menu inspired by Hollywood. "Drama, comedy, sci-fi are all coming to Next," according to the announcement, as the food will pay homage to blockbuster movies of many eras and styles. It will be interesting to see how this menu plays out on plates, as its one of the more conceptual Next iterations in recent years. It runs from May 10 until Aug. 13, and costs the same as Ancient Rome: $115-145.
And finally, after paying homage to one of the world's best restaurants (The French Laundry) in 2016, Next will bring a slew of the world's best chefs into the restaurant in 2017. The World's 50 Best iteration happens on the 15th anniversary of the controversial annual World's 50 Best list, and many of its awarded chefs will contribute dishes to this menu—including the chef of the current No. 1 restaurant Massimo Bottura (Osteria Francescana; Italy) the chef of the No. 3 restaurant Daniel Humm (Eleven Madison Park; NYC), and the chef of the No. 4 restaurant Virgilio Martinez-Feliz (Central; Peru). Priced between $245 and $285, it is by far the most expensive iteration of 2017 and costs more than twice of the previous two.
Tickets will be available on Next's Tock site. Check out a video announcement of the iterations below.