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Le Cirque

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151 E. 58th St., New York, NY 10022 40.761458 -73.968213
nr. Lexington Ave.  See Map | Subway Directions Hopstop Popup
212-644-0202 Send to Phone

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  • Cuisine: French
  • Price Range: $$$$

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  • Critics' Rating: **

    Key to Prices and ratings

    Upscale
    • Almost Perfect
    • Exceptional
    • Generally Excellent
    • Very Good
    • Good
    Cheap Eats
    • Best in Category
    • Excellent
    • Delicious
    • Very Good
    • Noteworthy
    • Very Expensive
    • Expensive
    • Moderate
    • Cheap
  • Reader Rating:

    6 out of 10

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Photo by Jennifer MacFarlane

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Official Website

lecirque.com

Hours

Mon-Fri, 11:45am-2:30pm and 5:30pm-11pm; Sat, 5:30pm-11pm; Sun, closed

Nearby Subway Stops

4, 5, 6 at 59th St.; N, Q, R at Lexington Ave.-59th St.

Prices

$43-$56

Payment Methods

American Express, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Special Features

  • Dine at the Bar
  • Hot Spot
  • Lunch
  • Notable Chef
  • Notable Wine List
  • Private Dining/Party Space
  • Prix-Fixe
  • Design Standout
  • Special Occasion
  • Online Reservation

Alcohol

  • Full Bar

Reservations

Required

Profile

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 The antic color scheme of Le Cirque 2000 has been replaced by a look that is sleeker, more formal, even funereal.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

Wine Lounge
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.”

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