The sumptuous environment, non-stuffy, friendly but extremely professional staff, divine food served in artistic presentations all come together to create a memorable experience. The prices may seem high at first, but the quality of the delicious ingredients, care in preparation and service, the numerous little details in each plate, and the sum total of the evening actually seems like a bargain when you consider that you will remember this evening for the rest of your life. The tasting menu is priced at about $135. for 5 courses, each one better than the last. A glass of high quality American sparkling wine was $18. I have been fortunate to have dined at some fabulous places, and I consider Le Cirque one of the top. I dream of returning there some day, because it is perfection in every way.