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Posted by NYC Food Critic on 12/03/2006
Unbelievable how things change. What was a leader in elegant dining has now become loud, lame and few redeeming qualities. We had dinner last night and were regretful before we even got the menus. The new digs are crowded, incredibly loud. First we had to wait (along with the tables besides us) at least 20 minutes for a menu. Drinks were weak, slow in coming and when they arrived, they were wrong. Our dinners (when they finally arrived) were cold - really cold. When we complained, it too another 20 minutes to receive them back again - only lukewarm. The waiter was a dim as they get, repeatedly pouring us various another table's wines and sparkling water instead of our own. It was so loud I had to basically scream to talk to my dining partner across from e, and it doesn't help the general volume when every has to raise their voices to be heard. There are much nicer, more civil places for this kind of money where you can get personalized service and fabulous food. For $350 for the two of us, we left deflated and really missing the old Le Cirque. I know the tables next us felt the same way and I know for certain that none of us are going back.
Posted by bellyboy on 10/20/2006
If you want a great NY splurge, this is the place. Great food and people as entertainment atmosphere. Media types, moguls and midwestern ladies shopping the big apple make for a vibrant midday meal mix. Make sure that your on the corporate teat or that Aunt Sophie is picking up the check.
Posted by foodpro on 10/20/2006
For sure, the space is absolutely stunning and the service almost outstanding (there were one or two times when I couldn't find my server for 5 - 10 minutes). But no matter how I try, I just can't justify the cost. I mean $19 for a small bowl (maybe even a cup), of chicken consomme, $42 for a lobster cocktail for all of 3 or 4 bites, and $42 for less than a 6 ounce portion of halibut? I won't even comment on the $20 martinis, but you get the point. For me, money's not an object, but I try to be rational. That is, I don't care if you're Bill Gates, you wouldn't spend $20 for a slice of pizza, would you? Okay, maybe not the best analogy, but when I'm going to spend almost $500 for dinner for two, I think I'll stick to Alaine Ducasse.
Posted by KW on 10/04/2006
Went out for a special dinner to Le Cirque for the 1st time. Had always been interested in trying it, and was disappointed when they closed a little while back. From what I saw of the last location it was very elegant classical French. The new location is still incredibly elegant but with a more modern combined with art deco style. We arrived a few minutes late for our 9 reservation, and I was quite surprised to see the dining room totally full on a Tues. We were directed to the lounge/bar where we waited only about 10 min till our table was ready. The staff was very formal but polite and attentive. My girlfreind had a drink at the bar, and it's nitpicking but I would have rather seen it tacked onto our meal check than have to take care of it as we were being seated. The atmosphere was a tad stuffy but in a very high class sort of way. This is not the type of restaurant you go to for a laid back dinner, it's formal, jacket required, and 95% of the men had suits on. But that's exactly what we were going for. When you're paying over $200 a couple (w/no drinks) you certainly expect high class. The dining room was very elegant and everything about it was laid out very nicely. The entire construction motif throughout the restaurant was Macassar Ebony. I have a fine woodworking business and I recognized it immediately as it is a gorgeous wood, and even though it is from Southeast Asia, it was extensively used in French Art Deco furniture. This might have been simulated veneer, but no one would ever be able to tell, and that is just a guess, it could have been real. Even the restroom was exquisite, modern fixtures, and Macassar throughout. The staff was very attentive, every setting was perfect, and all of the plates were given with logos perfectly centered, quality sterling silverware, and elegant settings with a modern touch. The menu, while not overbearing had a nice selection and a host of specials. We ordered the consumee to start and the crispy pigs.
Posted by Laura on 09/14/2006
My husband I had dinner at Le Cirque the other evening to celebrate our anniversary. The food was exceptional, the service impeccable, and the atmosphere was wonderful! This restaurant deserves every accolade known to man. The menu is so varied that I can undersatnd how so many people become regulars. I highly recommend this restaurant for anyone looking for an exquisite meal!!!
Posted by Missegee on 07/28/2006
Somehow they pull off the circus motif and it is the classiest joint I have ever eaten at. Their raisin rolls are the best bread I have ever eaten, great way to start off a meal.
Posted by Esma on 07/27/2006
It was Excellent, if I could I would eat there everyday!