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Osteria del Circo

120 W. 55th St., New York, NY, 10019
nr. Sixth Ave.
212-265-3636

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8
Food: 8
Service: 9
Décor: 9
"Recommended"

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85% would go back.

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Surrounded by Modern Beauty While Eating Great Food

By leftygrlac on 1/24/2003

  • Overall Rating: 9
  • Food: 9
  • Service: 9
  • Décor: 10
  • Yes, I would go back!

What more can you ask for? Amazing, colorful modern decor consisting of mechanized circus themed metal sculptures, rich colors and perfect lighting. The menu was wonderful. We enjoyed the carpaccio appetizer, tender lamb shank and vegetables and an amazing vanilla and raspberry pannacotta for dessert. Would definitely go back. Wonderful service, if somewhat pricey.

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279 out of 544 people found this review helpful.

Osteria del Circo

By sahw on 2/6/2003

  • Overall Rating: 8
  • Food: 8
  • Service: 8
  • Décor: 7
  • Yes, I would go back!

Fun Italian, always buzzing, always friendly, and good food to boot. Maccioni Family delivers. If you can't get reservations at Le Cirque, come here. Same family, excellent food, and a lot more fun.

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313 out of 612 people found this review helpful.

A Special Treat,Ambience As Well As Food!

By adsong on 5/28/2003

  • Overall Rating: 9
  • Food: 9
  • Service: 8
  • Décor: 10
  • Yes, I would go back!

This is a special place. Designed in a circus motif...Its as if one was at the "Big Top", except the ring is above the crowd.A pretty,warm, inviting fun place,where the food is as inviting as the decor. Food is Tuscan in flavor. Dont miss the Ravioli di Mamma Egi,or the Pecorino and Black Pepper Crusted Lamb Chops with Cranberry Bean and Escarole Ragů,and save room for the wonderful desserts, including their famous Tiramisů. Say hello to Mamma Eggi, and her sons, who see all, and take care of evrything!!.Expensive, but worth it.

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345 out of 688 people found this review helpful.

The sons done good

By huntleysf on 9/22/2003

  • Overall Rating: 8
  • Food: 7
  • Service: 8
  • Décor: 10
  • Yes, I would go back!

Pretty average Italian food, but great circus decor, nice attitude, efficient srevice, and reasonable prices. A very good drop-in place when you have to eat quick before a Broadway show. Whimsical and theatrical, setting the tone for a theater evening. The crowd doesn't hop the way it used to, but the food is more than reliable.

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354 out of 691 people found this review helpful.

whacked at the circus

By Victoise on 12/9/2003

  • Overall Rating: 9
  • Food: 8
  • Service: 10
  • Décor: 9
  • No, I would not go back!

We were completely blown away the other night when we wandered into this restaurant (where I must admit we ate a few years ago on a business expense account but didn't watch prices) The place is pretty indeed but almost every man has a suit on, yuk, and the food is good. We sat at the bar to have a light meal after the film next door. I ordered a small salad and a HALF portion of pasta to keep the bill down ($12). My mate had an entree of bouillabaise, superb. We figured with this miserly ordering we'd get out under $50. Oops. I did have those 2 glasses of wine and he had one beer. The check was a little over $100. Why? Wine was $15 and $13 per glass, the beer $12! Watch out unless your on the ol expense account.

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358 out of 686 people found this review helpful.

Step right up!

By winebum on 7/1/2004

  • Overall Rating: 9
  • Food: 9
  • Service: 10
  • Décor: 9
  • Yes, I would go back!

I was pretty much impressed with every aspect of Circo. The food was excellent; I especially recommend the chocolate tart with bananas and rum gelato for dessert - to die for! The decor was very entertaining and the staff didn't even wince once when we walked in with a 6 y.o. and a baby (at least not that we saw anyway). In fact, the maitre d' was superb. He kept my nephew so entertained and distracted that my nephew would not stop talking about him and wanted to go back the next night! And the ENTIRE rest of the staff was equally as unpretentious and welcoming. It was just an all-around great experience. Of course, I was being treated to dinner for a special occasion, so if I had SEEN the bill I may be singing a different tune; however, I'm sure it was worth every penny.

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364 out of 682 people found this review helpful.

Wonderful food, friendly service and great with kids!

By Love_New_York on 12/6/2006

  • Overall Rating: 9
  • Food: 9
  • Service: 10
  • Décor: 10
  • Yes, I would go back!

After a rain-soaked Thanksgiving Day our kids were tired and fussy, and I was wary about our long-planned posh holiday dinner. We dashed out of the rain into a welcoming and whimsical atmosphere. The maitre d earnestly eyed the children, then thoughtfully selected a table with a corner bench seat, allowing the kids to climb and horse around without bothering us or anyone else. The waiter was wonderful. He brought our two-year-old her milk in a paper cup with lid and straw (thankfully). My four-year-old was so flattered when he brought her juice in a stemmed glass that she carefully never spilled a drop! The waiter suggested pasta with butter and cheese for the kids, while my husband and I enjoyed delicious squash soup, gnocchi, and turkey with dressing and all the trimmings. The kids enjoyed ice cream while we had the marvelous creme brulee and apple strudel. The evening was so enjoyable we did not want to leave. We will definitely be back!

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332 out of 677 people found this review helpful.

A Circus of Delights

By martin_chamois on 3/21/2007

  • Overall Rating: 9
  • Food: 9
  • Service: 10
  • Décor: 8
  • Yes, I would go back!

Osteria del Circo is a wonderful lively dinning experience. From the moment you are personally greeted at the door, through great service by real pros, you have the pleasure of dinning in an environment conducive to enjoyment. The menu and cuisine provides a full spectrum of Italian specialties. While the place is always busy, it never becomes a three-ring circus; rather you are center ring through the experience.

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376 out of 710 people found this review helpful.

A MUST!!!!

By lauraingram on 4/29/2008

  • Overall Rating: 10
  • Food: 10
  • Service: 10
  • Décor: 10
  • Yes, I would go back!

We went on a busy Friday night with our 4 year old. Everything was perfect from the moment we entered the door! The service was impeccable! My four year old dropped some pizza on his pants and as I started to get up to clean him up, the waiters cleaned him up for me. The pasta was the best I have ever had! The next time I am in NYC I will be going back!!! This is a place that is great with kids, without kids, for any occasion!!!!

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98 out of 188 people found this review helpful.

Always buzzing

By ellen5181 on 7/14/2008

  • Overall Rating: 8
  • Food: 7
  • Service: 9
  • Décor: 9
  • Yes, I would go back!

A great place to eat before seeing something at City Center. A little on the pricey side, but I think the service is always really good, and the menu selections are interesting. That being said, this last time I had the duck breast in cherry sauce that wasn't my favorite. I did have the artichokes as a side dish and they were delicious. Didn't taste fried and right amount of salt. You never need to order dessert given the cookies, but the selections definitely look great.The maitre d is wonderful and always makes you feel like you are a welcomed returning guest. just watching him interact with all the patrons can be fun in and of itself.

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