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Le Cirque

151 E. 58th St. (Third Ave.) Send to Phone
212-644-0202 | Make Restaurant Reservations | Menu
Le Cirque is always an incubator of New York's gastronomy.   Sirio Maccioni was GAYOT's 2008 Best Restaurateur in the US
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Le Cirque Restaurant Review

: Where else but in the Big Apple could there exist a restaurant like the legendary Le Cirque? We give thanks to restaurateur Sirio Maccioni for his relentless effort seasoned with grand style and tenacity. Both Maccioni and Le Cirque are true symbols of New York gastronomy. The third version of this institution consists of a glass-enclosed area on the ground floor of the spectacular glass and steel Bloomberg building. Silk billows from the ceiling, a circle of porcelain monkeys teases, all evocative of the first Le Cirque, features that bear the signature of architect Adam Tihany. This all provides strong motivation for chefs to sharpen their art to situate it at par with such an impressive showcase. Le Cirque is an incubator of culinary talent. Stellar cooks such as Daniel Boulud accomplished their first steps under the benevolent eye of Sirio, gaining celebrity here before swarming this city and the world. Following the departure of former chef Raphaël François, Matteo Boglione will assume the duties in August 2015. The restaurant’s traditional dishes include Dover sole, New York strip au poivre and the paupiette of black bass, all of which are based on the quality of the product and do not tolerate anything other than a perfect execution. Additional options have ranged from diver scallops with a Parmesan foam to squab, and a rack and epigram of lamb. They are all handsomely presented. Historical crème brûlée is there, of course, for dessert. The wine cellar under the direction of sommelier Paul Altuna, viewed through its 30-foot glass wall, holds more than 2,000 bottles. Among them Paul guided us to a lovely and reasonably priced Côtes-de-Nuit Villages of Sylvain Loichet. Le Cirque is a big enterprise --- all the more so given that a Café operates within its premises offering a comparable experience though more casual and at sweeter prices.

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