Whether you come to experience the cuisine of ancient Rome, Hollywood, or even The World’s 50 Best (whereby Next served as a cover band by replicating the greatest hits from restaurants that put chefs on the global map), the experience here is pure dinner theater. These culinary themes are not just unique, but also very thoughtful, having the full house of happy crowds waiting with bated breath to see what's "next. "This year began with Silk and Spice, through which diners were taken on a sensory joyride, starting with "mole and rain" combining a cube of rosy pork belly with red mole sauce, followed by the playful "glass canvas," starring strategically set bowls of spices and grains meant to be mixed and matched with accompaniments like beef, parsnip, and shallot confit. The Italia menu came later, during which complex ingredients, flawless flavors, and extraordinary textures were united in classics like cacio e pepe, guanciale-wrapped branzino with a vibrant quartet of condiments, as well as veal cheek agrodolce served atop a savory bread pudding. Fully vested servers display an encyclopedic knowledge of each prevailing topic as well as the reason for their coming into being.