Since my father was a New York City native, I had always heard about the good old days at Le Cirque when he used to bring my mom to wine and dine her. The restaurant first opened it’s doors back in 1974, and is still holding strong over 30 years later.
I made our reservation the first day that NYC Restaurant Week was announced (about 3 weeks before our actual reservation date), and we still only managed to get a 9pm reservation on a Thursday night. As we walked in, we were graciously greeted by the host who discreetly offered my husband a jacket if we wished to be seated in the main dining room. (Oops, my bad, I guess I should have checked the dress code!)
The dining room was elegant without being stuffy and all of the waitstaff was in formal attire, yet were surprisingly friendly and welcoming. I decided not to take pictures this time since I always feel a little awkward at the higher end restaurants (and the whole not having a jacket thing didn’t help!), so you will just have to use your imagination. I started with the Farfalle “Mer et Montagne” which means sea and mountains in French. The farfalle were in a creamy tomato sauce with shrimp, fried zucchini, and mushrooms and was delicious. The shrimp were not whole shrimp as you would expect, but rather they had been chopped up and assimilated into the sauce. P got the Gazpacho which was in puree form with creme fraiche which made it orangey in color. I did not try it, but P said he thoroughly enjoyed it.
For our entrèes, I ordered the Confit Muscovy Duck Leg which was served with a savory foie gras foam. The duck was tender and moist, and paired perfectly with the creamy corn and foie gras. This was an excellent dish, albeit a bit on the small side, but this is to be expected considering the prix fixe menu. P opted for the Grilled Hangar Steak “Vierge de Boeuf” (no surprise there!), and as usual enjoyed his steak without offering me any!
The dessert was one of the highlights for me, I had the Chocolate Fondant with dulce de leche ice cream and I loved it! The chocolate was warm, rich and decadent and the cool, sweet ice cream was the perfect complement. P had the Crème Brulée which he really liked, and ate all of which is unusual for him since he doesn’t have much of a sweet tooth.
Over all we had an excellent experience at Le Cirque, and the NYC Restaurant Week menu really made it an exceptional value for the quality and service. I thoroughly recommend you take advantage of it before it’s over!
Rating: ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥
Le Cirque | www.lecirque.com | 151 E. 58th Street