If you want to try Alinea’s version of sweet potato, you’ll have to pay up front.
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One of New York City’s hottest restaurants, Atera, joins a growing list of bistros that ask you to pay before you chomp. Why would they do such a thing? It is a concentrated effort to help weed out flakes, they say. In Atera’s case, you pay as soon as you make the reservation. This prevents against canceling at the last minute since there are no refunds. This may sound harsh, but the restaurant does at least allow transfers. Maybe selling food on Craigslist will become the next big thing.