Mon-Fri, 11:45am-2:30pm and 5:30pm-10:30pm; Sat, 5:30pm-10:30pm; Sun, closed
4, 5, 6 at 59th St.; N, Q, R at Lexington Ave.-59th St.
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The new Le Cirque sits on the bottom floor of the Bloomberg corporate headquarters and looks out over an impressive stone courtyard surrounded by a curving façade of glass and steel. The antic color scheme of Le Cirque 2000 has been replaced by a look that is sleeker, more formal, even funereal. It feels restrained, even a little subdued, a place designed less for glamorous celebration than a hushed business lunch. Conflicts between old and new are evident on the menu. It's been pared down from its previous baroque, Eurocentric form and is dotted now with chic Greenmarket references to "vine-ripened organic" tomatoes and bluefin tuna caught, in the proper Slow Food manner, on "hook and line." Nouveau delicacies like langoustines doused with curried ginger and Kaffir lime coexist with elderly favorites like sole meunière. The best entrées at the new Le Cirque tend to be the safe and stolid ones as well, the dependable kind of big-ticket items favored by elderly plutocrats with settled tastes and fat pocketbooks.Dress Code
Jackets are required for gentlemen in the dining room
According to owner Sirio Maccioni, the lounge "is a more casual side of Le Cirque, with chaise longues and where no jackets are required. We wanted to offer something, in our lounge, without all the rigueur of the dining room.”