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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!
Posted by Marzi on 06/17/2009
Lunch was fantastic - on par with Jean Georges other top New York restaurants. The cuisine is classic yet original. We had wild escargots, grilled octopus salad with chorizo and two sauces, Black Cod with potato crust and filet mignon with a wine reduction and marrow. All was perfect and then came desserts - Ile flottante and creme brulee. Superb and so was the service.
Posted by Anonymous on 04/26/2009
My husband and I had been looking forward to celebrating our 5 year anniversary at this "legendary" culinary "mecca"...It was an enjoyable evening but we were let down because we thought it would be special. The food was good enough but you can get the same meal in any midtown restaurant...the service was OK but noone offered any guidance on wine, didn't check on us to see if we needed anything (my husband had to ask for a glass of wine after his entree arrived)...It wasn't bad by any means but for $400 and with the reputation of it should have been a magical evening. We live in NYC and have had many memorable dining experiences in lesser known restaurants...we were disappointed it wasn't an experience we will always remember.
Posted by Joseph in NYC on 03/01/2009
Two of us ate at Le Cirque last night. I was sure to reserve for the restaurant not the bar after reading all the moaning in other reviews. And I remembered to wear a jacket and tie (can't remember the last place I had to do that). Service from coming thru the door in the courtyard was impeccable. Super polite greeting, and quickly shown to a nice table where my wife at least got to enjoy watching the other diners. Little mirrors on the wall (and circus line drawings by them) amuse those looking in the opposite direction. My wife was coughing and water appeared in an instant. Cocktails were quick to arrive also. Her shrimp spaghetti was too salty. My tuna good. Mains were fine and service great and polite. Dessert (crepes and soufflé) very good, and good petit fours and truffles appeared with them. My wife commented on the lady waiting for a tip at the washroom but that was the only thing that grated. True you can get better food at the same price or cheaper without trying too hard but it was a great fun treat and the setting and service are top notch.
Posted by michelegnyc on 02/27/2009
I'm glad I didn't listen to these previous reviews and went for restaurant (extended) week (now thru March) We were seated in a lovely spacious table for 4 we were 2 .The shrimp appetizer was very delicious with wonderful flavors. My husbands scallops were great also. My pork was good not great but all in all the meal was a delightful surprise for the price.
Posted by oneconsumer on 02/26/2009
Absolutely (almost furiously) disappointed!! I have been to the old location, food was superb, service was professional. But now, this is just a bad choice in midtown. With so many negative comments, the management team should be alarmed. For deco and layout, that's everybody's opinion, so I won't go there. But service and food? Let me point out a few wrongs here: rough & unflavored food; pork was undercooked, if it was intentional, should have asked me how I would like it; dessert was a disaster; i asked for bread and pepper, never came; the absolutely-icy-faced waitress never came check on our food or offer more wine; finally, they gave me a broken pen (missing tip) to sign my check, what an experience of a 4-star restaurant! Oh, they even collect tips outside of restroom for giving you no service. I can only say - try your best to avoid this place.
Posted by Anonymous on 02/25/2009
I admit that I am of the regular hard working middle class folk. There are the occasional times when we will go and splurge on an expensive meal. I figured that I would check out Le Cirque during restaurant week (when it was affordable) to see if it was worth checking out at it's regular over priced menu. It left little to be desired. I think restaurant week is a good time to showcase their food to people who can not go out every day and spend a few hundred dollars on a meal. I can promise you I will never go there again. I suppose with their snotty "too good for the average person" attitude, they don't really care about impressing us. And frankly I don't want to waste my money on a place that looks down on the average person. My fiance was forced to sit in a full suit because God forbid you take your jacket off in this place, meanwhile the girl sitting next to me was in jeans and an Abercrombie sweatshirt and she didn't even know the name of the restaurant she was in, and it was about 80 degrees in there. Now I didn't expect them to put the kobe steak on the restaurant week menu or lobster, but 3 scallops and a scoop of whatever it was that was underneath it (I'm still not sure what it was) was an absolute joke. My father-in-law makes better scallops than these. Maybe he should charge us $100 to eat his scallops. I had the butternut squash soup, I've had better at the Comfort Diner and there's only cost $4.95. I actually wanted to refuse to pay the bill because this meal was no where near being worth the $35. Don't believe the hype.