Having eaten at Alinea twice, I was prepared for the molecular gastronomy, modernist cuisine at Moto.
Though Alinea was a tough act to follow, Moto had plenty of dishes worth remarking about. Though some of the portions were noticeably tiny, I think the intentions were in the right place. If you can appreciate modern art, the kind where there is simply one red square on a white canvas, you can appreciate Moto. The food is more than just taste, it is also smell and thought. The process that goes into dishes is part of the experience.
Whether it is the house grown salad greens or the conceptual recreations of classic dishes, Moto is a carefully designed experience. If you can afford the $175 per person that this restaurant requires, it is worth it to experience the intersection of modern art and modern cuisine. I would talk about specific dishes, but by the time you arrive, it’s likely that the menu has changed. Just go experience it.