Big top: The dining room at Le Cirque.
Le Cirque 2000
Thanks to a new chef, this high-society circus is not only see-and-be-seen, but be seen with your mouth happily full.
455 Madison Ave., 212-303-7788
The six-Michelin-star chef offers $160 prix-fixe dining in an extravagantly Art Deco cocoon of a room.
155 W. 58th St., 212-265-7300
The focus is on the food, not the scene, at Karen and David Waltucks' unforgettable TriBeCa dining room.
2 Harrison St., 212-966-6960
David Bouley's velvet-swathed, Klimt-decked Austrian homage is beautiful, fun, funny, and romantic.
30 Hudson St.,
Nothing and no one at Jean Georges steals center stage from the wondrous creations of its extraordinary chef, Jean-Georges Vongerichten.
1 Central Park West, 212-299-3900
New York's premiere steakhouse is known nationwide for its dry-aged beef, old-fashioned service, and sky-high prices.
178 Broadway, Brooklyn, 718-387-7400