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Posted by JHB on 01/26/2010
I had an absolutely wonderful restaurant week meal here. Unfortunately during RW, many of the restaurants participating completely skimp on quality, portion, and selection of food as well as service. This was not so at Le Cirque. The last time I dined at Le Cirque was for my bday, when we did the full tasting menu w/ wine parings. The service this time around -- despite the much smaller bill -- was just as attentive and professional. They give an ample choice of dishes for all courses, and the portions are VERY generous. I started w/ the shellfish appetizer, which was delicate and delicious. The pork belly for main course was a very special dish. Expertly prepared, extremely flavorful, and a wonderful marraige of textures across the board. I'm typically not a huge dessert fan, but their tiramisu was a game changer for me! Aesthetically beautiful, and somehow light and rich at the same time. If you're lucky enough to score a reservation, I would urge you to check it out for Restaurant Week. $35 for a true special occassion dining experience! Bravo to Le Cirque.
Posted by MeMe on 01/02/2010
My boyfriend and I went to Le Cirque tonight for our 6th anniversary dinner - and mentioned this in our Open Table reservation notes. Despite the occasion (which was never acknowledged) and the availability of tables, we were seated at a poor table next to the window and off the main dining room area. My Prosecco was brought in a dirty glass - obvious lipstick stains on the rim. We ordering the tasting menu and were never asked how we were doing, even when the main course was served. Once we finished our meal, we waited for 10 minutes for our plates to be cleared and another 10 for the check... at which point I got up and requested it. When you go to such a high-end reputable restaurant, you expect to be treated well, no matter your age (we're relatively young) or your attire (we were dressed to the nines and not in a silly way). Oh well. We won't be going back, and we recommend you spend your money at another restaurant where you'll be treated like royalty.
Posted by anonymous on 12/17/2009
This is like the story about the Emperor's New Clothes. I cannot fathom why this place has a good reputation except for the fact that the owner knows a lot of famous people and they occasionally stop in to his restaurant. I'm sure they must be paid to do so. What is most outrageous is the miniscule portions. Why don't they just hold a gun to your head if they are going to rob you? At least you won't feel like a fool afterwards. We had three courses and when we got back to Long Island at around 9:00 p.m., we stopped at a dinner we were so hungry. It is ridiculous. A good lesson to be learned here. Save your hard-earned money and skip this place.
Posted by Meg on 07/31/2009
Don't go here. The food is bland. When they put a salt shaker out with my entree I was confused. After tasting my dish, I understood why the salt was there. I can think of a thousand other restaurants I would rather go to. Le Cirque is all hype.
Posted by Chef Anonymous on 07/22/2009
Maybe it was the particular night I went recently, but the food quality was substandard and the value for the money was poor. I have been in better French style restaurants in Cincinnati, Ohio...Disapointing
Posted by Lee on 07/22/2009
Packed for Monday Night, restaurant week. We were treated like royalty at every step. The staff was pleasant, no sense of being rushed. They had a special reasonable-price wine list so that Restaurant Week bargain-hunters wouldn't feel intimidated by the pricey regular wine list (which has one at $6,000). Beautiful, courteous, with superbly prepared and creative courses at every turn. Wish I could afford it on a regular basis - we'll definitely find a special occasion to go back.
Posted by Josh on 07/21/2009
We just celebrated my mother's 50th birthday tonight and decided to venture to Le Cirque. We heard great things from many people and reviews. I implore you, save your money; never go to this restaurant. I am not exaggerating. We have been to many nice restaurants in NYC and this had to have been one of the worst of them. We all ordered different items on the menu so we could try each item. Unfortunately not one, NOT ONE, of them was enjoyable. Small portions, borderline tasteless fish, rubbery steak, and dessert that looked like it came straight from Entenmann's packaging. Drinks were "reasonable" in the sense that they were $14 for Absolut, $17 for Merlots, and $16 for top-shelf vodka, but even those they could not get perfect. We are not hard to please but for the prices and the snobbish attitude each employee presented, everything should be perfect. The only plus side was, we rubbed elbows with Regis. For $100 a head, I'd much rather order in some fresh food and watch Millionaire from my living room. The prestige and exclusivity might be impressive, but the service, food, and value are not. I had to ask several times for another drink (considering the price they should have been quick to it). I hope I have steered many of you away from a disastrous dinner. I am only writing this detailed and harsh review because I wish I had heeded the advice of those before me. Happy Eating!