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“Still amazing” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Le Cirque

Le Cirque
151 E 58th Street, New York City, NY 10022 (Midtown)
(212) 644-0202
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Ranked #622 of 11,186 Restaurants in New York City
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $25 - $100
Cuisines: French
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Good for: Doing business, Romantic, Special occasions
Dining options: Dinner, Breakfast, Lunch, Late Night, Reservations
Dining style: Fine Dining
Neighborhood: Midtown
Cross street: Lexington & Third Avenues
Transit: 4,5,6 and N,R,W at 59th Street & Lexington Ave. F at 63rd Street & Lexington Ave. E, M at 53rd Street & Lexington Ave. M57 at 57th Street & Lexington Ave. M101, M102, M103 at 57th Street & Lexington Ave.
Description: Sirio Maccioni once again welcomes friends and guests at his renowned Le Cirque at its home within the prestigious One Beacon Court (151 East 58th Street). Under the leadership of the Maccioni family including wife Egidiana, sons Mario, Marco, and Mauro, the legendary restaurant entertains and attends to patrons with its hallmark service, exciting atmosphere and excellent cuisine as it has done for over thirty five celebrated years.
New York City, New York
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30 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 18 cities Reviews in 18 cities
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
“Still amazing”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2014

I have been to this fantastic restaurant on several occasions, and I keep going back because it never disappoints. It's pricey but it's NYC so it's to be expected. Staff is awesome. Make sure you tip well as people at buffets often don't. Looking forward to my next visit.

  • Visited March 2014
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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LeCirqueNYC, Manager at Le Cirque, responded to this review, June 25, 2014
Dear Philip 321,
Thank-you very much for your kind words! We are very happy that you enjoy Le Cirque and appreciate your sharing your sentiments.

Kind regards,
Carlo C
CEO
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Norwalk, Connecticut
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143 restaurant reviews
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37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
“Business lunch? Excellent”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2014

Maybe an unusual setting, a buffet for 100+ people. Well, truly remarkable. Excellent service. Plenty of great items to shoos from, well presented and perfectly prepared. From the welcoming cocktail (prosecco and other ingredients), to excellent salmon, quiches, and many other goodies).
Everything else is also top quality. The silverware, the furnishing, the views, the service. Definitely a must try again soon, with my wife, as I want to impress her!

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LeCirqueNYC, Manager at Le Cirque, responded to this review, June 25, 2014
Dear Pieroinusa,
Thank-you very much for taking the time to write a review. We don't offer a buffet as part of our usual dining experience, and you were part of a special private event. We are happy to offer pre-set menus, buffets, or accommodate any other special request by our guests for private events. I am very happy that even this type of brunch up was a great experience for you at Le Cirque!
We look forward to your bringing your wife in to try our menu soon.

Kind regards,
Carlo M.
CEO
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New York City, New York
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52 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 18 cities Reviews in 18 cities
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
“Fantastic meal for three”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2014

I visited Le Cirque with the family today as it was a Groupon Reserve participant which affords a decent discount at non-peak times.

My overall impression of Le Cirque was that it exceeded my expectations by some margin. From the friendliness of the staff both welcoming us to the restaurant through to the service which including adding extra cheese on the platter which my son adored.

The food was excellent from all aspects including the ingredients, contemporary presentation, flavour/seasoning and the preparation was a sign of a kitchen which works to the highest qualities. A good sign as I understand that they have a newish executive chef leading the way to revitalising Le Cirque.

We had oysters, pea risotto and escargots for appetisers, all were of nice portions (note that Le Cirque is great at presenting amuse bouche bites between courses) and quickly devoured. Next up were the mains with the beef filet, Sea Bass and Lamb Rack being the choices, all were as delicious as they looked and represented what I would consider fine dining done well in both taste and decent portions where all elements on the plate complimented each other. Finally, the chocolate soufflé, creme Brûlée and cheese board finished off a grew experience and meal.

All in all a highly recommended place for dinner, great for business or a romantic meal and as we found out, not so bad with kids either.

  • Visited June 2014
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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LeCirqueNYC, Manager at Le Cirque, responded to this review, July 28, 2014
Dear fearsomepuppy,
Thank-you very much for taking the time to review our restaurant and for including pleasant details about your experience with us. We are so happy when we receive a review such as yours, as we always strive to provide a wonderful experience in all aspects, from the quality of the food to the service and the ambiance.
We hope to have you and your family back here soon!

Kind regards,
Carlo M.
CEO
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Reviews in 17 cities Reviews in 17 cities
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
“Overrated”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2014

When you cross the entrance it looks like you penetrate in another discrete temple of the gastronomy as few American chefs know how to create. A touch of American quality service when the waiters present the menus, appealing menus with original creations between French delicatesse and US tasting. In the plate things get a bit different: execution of the dishes is disappointing, under the rating that you would expect with such a scenery (and such prices). A bit heavy food when you expect lightness and airness, and too many ingredients that in final make you lose the taste. So if you look for a real gastronomy place, think twice before booking, if you want to impress your guest(s) this can work. Wine list though is well constructed with a good variety of choices where you do not feel lost in tens of pages of unknown "crus".

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LeCirqueNYC, Manager at Le Cirque, responded to this review, July 28, 2014
Dear Harry G.
Thank-you for taking the time to write about your experience with us. We are sorry that you were disappointed about the execution of the dishes and that the food seemed heavy to you. We would be interested in hearing more from you about what sorts of dishes you may have enjoyed seeing on our menu, as we take to heart all of our patrons' ideas and wishes. If you would like to discuss this further please do not hesitate to email us pr@maccionigroup.com.

Thank-you,
Kind regards,
Carlo M.
CEO
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Atlanta
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52 helpful votes 52 helpful votes
“Lovely Lunch”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2014

This is an elegant restaurant. The lunch 3 course is $50 and in NYC it is worth it. Charming china and wait staff(except one who pretended I was not there--had to ask for menu and bill). I had the cream brulee which is one of the things they are known for but although good I would try another.

  • Visited June 2014
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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LeCirqueNYC, Manager at Le Cirque, responded to this review, June 16, 2014
Dear grande7,
Thank-you for dining with us when you were in New York. We are pleased that you enjoyed your overall experience, but are very sorry that you were not treated appropriately by one of our staff members. We always try to make sure that everyone has a wonderful experience here, and have brought your comments to the waitstaff's attention.

Kind regards,
Carlo M.
CEO
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