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Posted by Anonymous on 02/06/2009
Le Cirque, as known by many, is considered to be one of the best and most expensive restaurants in NYC. I will agree on the most expensive, but it is certainly not the best, in fact, not by a mile. I went there for Restaurant Week 2009 and the entire experience was a major disappointment. I will agree, the dining room and overall ambiance was very nice and fancy. However, I come to a restaurant for the food, and the food at Le Cirque was sub par, to say the least. Both seafood dishes that I ordered did were not fresh and had the taste of soapy water, which was actually agreed upon by everyone at our table. After I sent back my entree to exchange for something a little more fresh (steak), which I thought HAD to be good, I got probably the worst steak I've ever tasted. Even the dessert, which is usually very good even if the food is not, was really just average. This makes me wonder, why in the world would someone come to this restaurant and spend hundreds of dollars to have just average food, bordering on bad. I have been to many restaurants in NYC and Le Cirque is definitely at the very bottom of my list. The overall experience was very disappointing because this restaurant has so much reputation, but in reality it's just a stuffy pompous over-priced place that relies solely on its reputation and not its actual food to draw in customers.
Posted by Anonymous on 02/02/2009
If you are curious about Le Cirque (like I was ) but don't want to spend a fortune, then Restaurant Week is the way to go. I'm not sure that the food is so spectacular as to justify the prices of the regular menu. It was tasty and elegantly served. I wouldn't call it outstanding food. The service was fine --attentive and polite. Though they clearly treat their returning customers with more care. It's visible. You'll see the owner fawning over tacky looking people who don't seem like they have to worry about the financial crisis. In fact, that was the biggest turn off; some of the people looked disgusting -- bad face lifts, Donald Trump like demeanor and snooty trust funded teenagers in tow. Alas, in America class is all about money, not taste or refinement.
Posted by KW on 01/29/2009
First off, in terms of the few recent negative reviews. Had these folks called ahead of time they would know that Le Cirque was seating in the Cafe for RW lunch and dinner, unless they were full and would move you to the dining room. They could have advertised that perhaps but nonetheless it was the policy so folks shouldn't be slighted IMO. I can't say about the Cafe area, but the dining staff is excellent. There are few places that offer as transparent and seamless a staff, and it has definitely improved over the last few years. The food is top notch, that simple, nothing more to say. Everything I have ever eaten at Le Cirque is great. I did just go during RW for dinner and was seated in the Dining Room, the portions were perfect and everyone curtious. This was the first time however that I was not greeted by one of the "family" but while that is nice it is hardly a necessity to a great meal. IMO Le Cirque should be more like 4.5 stars overall, but everyone expects different things, and if you're going here on a normal night it is quite pricey and likewise one's expectations are even higher, in some cases perhaps unobtainably high. If you can't afford to eat here regularly then by all means treat yourself for a special occasion.
Posted by Helen on 01/22/2009
When we got there for lunch, the place was empty but they sat us in the bar section even though I made a reservation. (They didn't even bother asking whether I made one or not. Why they sat us in the bar section when we were dressed up, I don't know). Then I noticed that several other minorities were seated in the bar section as well. Then, we were presumptuously given the restaurant week lunch menu even though we wanted a full menu. When the desserts came, some random server dropped them off and were never asked if we wanted coffee. Then the waitress dropped off the check. I told her we wanted coffee and that were never asked. NYTimes reviewer was right when he said they seat your according to who they think you are (apparently, being an investment banker and an attorney with a Chanel bag isn't good enough). As for the food, the squash soup was excellent. The chestnut pappadelle was very good. The entrees - cobia and steak were decent but typical. Desserts - creme brulee, citrus parfait, and chocolate fondant were decent.
Posted by anonymous on 01/22/2009
I was there during the Winter 2009 restaurant week. Depsite nicely asking twice before going to book us a nice table for my girlfriend's birthday, they put us at a small table by the bar where it was pretty empty. Being there for restaurant week clearly didn't qualify us to sit in the main dining room where the atmosphere and the decor are totally much more upscale. The food was good but that kind of a treatment left us a sour taste in our mouths. Never going back there and definitely don't recommend going during Restaurant Week. If they don't want to have people for restaurant week, just don't partcipate in it!
Posted by izabella on 08/03/2008
We visited Le Cirque during restaurant week.We really enjoyed it,but all the portions were extremely small,and we felt hungry after we ate dinner.But the food was great,service very good and we will definitly recommend this place.Just be prepared to eat very little and pay a lot.
Posted by spyboy on 08/01/2008
Good luck getting a reservation in the dining room but me and my buddies opted for a wine bar and it was an excellent idea. The atmosphere is casual and relaxed and the same goes for the menu. The place was abuzz with eclectic crowd, looked like lots of young bankers and good looking, polished women. The music and the lighting were just so and the whole setting was just perfect for a fun night out. The menu was quite appropriate for the lounge and the prices are really inexpensive. We found the food to be quite exquisite. A real nice waitress advised us on wines and she certainly knew what she was talking about. We had great time, got to talking to some girls and great food and wine. This is definitely our new hang out.