Next, the new restaurant by molecular impresario Grant Achatz, has just opened, to an obscene amount of fanfare and reception. The pop-up, which will serve four menus a year from various moments in culinary history, has been anticipated for nearly a year, and now its $85 tickets are being scalped on Craigslist for up to $3,000.

The restaurant itself has spawned a bit of a trend: pop-ups are hot right now, and so are menus curated from great moments in food history. But Katie and I got into a heated debate about dining at Next.

"I wasn't that into all the hype, but then I saw opening night pictures, and it looks amazing!" she exclaimed. I disagreed: Paris 1906 seems more creative in concept than in reality. Of course, the only real way to get to the bottom of this is to snag some tickets ourselves. What do you think of Next? Is it an avante-garde idea, or nothing to write home about?

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