I have a reservation next week at Alinea. I'm visiting from out of town. I am doing the $135 tasting menu (that's the option they gave me for the time of my reservation).
1. I assume there's not a dress code but is there a typical look -- would suit pants and white dressy shirt work (in LA, where I used to live, that would have been considered too formal for many high end restaurants and jeans and a cool shirt would have been better) or should I wear a darker shirt?
2. will they propose additional courses beyond the $135 and is that worth taking them up on?
3. is there a choice between wine pairings and a wine list? And if so, is the pairing the way to go?
4. any other advice on how to maximize the experience of what I assume will be my only visit there?