Circo
Circo

Circo

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.circonyc.com/index.html
  • Phone: (212) 265-3636
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Monday -Friday 11:30am - 5:00pm
    Dinner: Monday 5:30pm - 10:30pm
    Tuesday - Saturday 5:30pm -10:30pm
    Sunday 5:00pm - 10:30pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian
  • Executive Chef: Alfio Longo
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Delivery, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Catering: Off site catering available for smaller events.
  • Special Events: Circo kindly requests that you indicate whether you are joining them for pre or post theater in the “Special Requests” box below.

    Let us organize your next private event. Please contact Marta Shul at 212.265.6121 or visit http://circonyc.com/privateevents.html

    Thank you.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: 6th and 7th Avenue
  • Public Transit: Subway:
    E M @ 5 Avenue / 53 Street
    B Q N R @ 57th Street / 7th Avenue
    F @57th Street / 6th Avenue
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: A parking garage is located next door on 55th Street, between 6th & 7th Avenues, same side of the street.
    http://nyc.centralparking.com/opentable/6623/Osteria-Del-Circo-Parking.html
A word from Circo
Circo offers upscale Italian fare built upon a foundation of signature Tuscan recipes from the kitchen of Maccioni matriarch Egidiana and prepared by Executive Chef Alfio Longo. The menu is served in a lively, sophisticated setting reminiscent of the old-style European circus tents which inspired the restaurant's name.

"When we opened Circo in 1996, our business plan was simple, Dad's Hospitality, Mom's Food, run by the sons."

Bright blue circus rings suspended with gold stars, sculptures of monkeys swinging near overhead, playful clowns dancing above the open kitchen and a ceiling hung with tapestries & trapezes all reinforce the vibrant circus theme.
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Circo reviews from OpenTable diners
147 reviews since July 26, 2014
Overall Rating4
  • Food4
    Service4
  • Ambiance4.1
    Noise LevelModerate
84% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (64)special occasion (58)neighborhood gem (53)great for lunch (41)good for groups (33)notable wine list (30)great for outdoor dining (29)romantic (24)hot spot (14)late-night find (11)great for brunch (9)kid-friendly (8)vibrant bar scene (6)scenic view (4)Show More
  • The best
    BunnyVIP
    Dined on 11/20/2014
    Always a most enjoyable experience. Highly recommend
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    fit for foodies, great for lunch, notable wine list, vibrant bar scene
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice place, but...
    FoodhunterVIP
    Dined on 11/17/2014
    It is nice place and food was good, especially at the lunch time. Service could be just kinder, which would match perfectly well with the place.
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    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Neighborhood Favorite
    Choice
    Dined on 11/12/2014
    My "Encores Buddy" and I have tried other restaurants near City Center only to return to Circo our favorite.
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    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • First class all the way
    LocalsVIP
    Dined on 11/10/2014
    This gorgeous and delightful restaurant is always a pleasure. We have gone many times and never been disappointed. This is upscale Italian with a light and sophisticated hand, creative plays on traditional dishes and seasonal specialities. Service is perfect with attentive and well informed staff. The manager is always there keeping an eye on things. I also think this is one of the most beautiful restaurants in town with its fanciful and colorful circus design.
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    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Dissaapointed this time.
    TwoDiners
    Dined on 11/9/2014
    We have been to Circo several times and have always enjoyed the food, service and ambiance. This time something was lacking. The service was good, but the food fell short of satisfaction. The atmosphere didn't seem as warm either. Too bad we left with a void ...........
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  • Not a circus
    BuburoiVIP
    Dined on 11/7/2014
    Reception lukewarm; service very good; food bland, blah;
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  • Was good find
    henkny
    Dined on 11/6/2014
    I enjoyed my meal. I would definitely go back. Friendly staff and had a good selection of wine. It's a little older and classy vibe.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A place worth trying
    Lynnie
    Dined on 11/5/2014
    The ambiance was great. The pasta was fresh and homemade, with the right balance of spices. Fresh fish is what I choose, and it was perfect.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem
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  • Always creative
    harryopentableVIP
    Dined on 11/5/2014
    Menu is original and always see new items nerver seen before. I thought the cheek portion on the prioe-fix was a little skimpy. But it was original and worth the try. The salmon appetizer was extraordinary.
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    special occasion
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  • Really good Italian food
    out2eat
    Dined on 10/29/2014
    The decor is interesting with grotesque circus characters. The food was the best Italian food we had in NYC on our four-night visit. We went to two other Italian restaurants where the food was mediocre. So we were very pleasantly surprised by Circo. We spit a salad which came very prettily presented on two plates with delicious crackers placed carefully at an angle on top. I had the squid ink pasta with seafood and my wife had the ricotto stuffed ravioli. Both were excellent in their own way, the ravioli mild and the seafood al dente with a wonderful chopped up seafood sauce, not too spicy at all. This doesn't sound earth-shaking, but with our unpleasant food experiences in mind, we were very happy.
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    special occasion
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  • JimR11
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    The ambiance, the attentive service, delicious food were exceptional. We enjoyed our time there and felt taken care of. I will return and do recommend Circo to those who want to enjoy a wonderful dining experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
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  • Great restaurant
    Jerry
    Dined on 10/24/2014
    Food is always great. Great location if you are near the park
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Italian Food
    ManuelaVIP
    Dined on 10/21/2014
    I have been a good client of Circo for quite some time and it has never disappointed me. The food is outstanding, some of the best pasta and fish I have ever had out of Italy and it is very faithful to its Italian roots. The Maccioni family have a long tradition in the restaurant business and a great well-deserved reputation. Circo is definitely one of my favorite restaurants in NYC.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Circo
    LarryVIP
    Dined on 10/21/2014
    This is a fine Italian restaurant with a professional staff. The atmosphere is festive and its a fun place to go. While far from cheap, the kitchen takes its job seriously and the presentations are well prepared with style.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • It's Truffl Season
    veffVIP
    Dined on 10/20/2014
    What a treat! The chef based the menu on the foods that are from the Piedmontese Region! Each dish was freshly made (pasta, too) to go along with the season. Outstanding menu, unique, new, and the dishes we had were outstanding to say the least.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2004
    Dined on 10/20/2014
    Based on reading previous revues. I made this reservation to have dinner with friends from out of state. We especially enjoyed the zucchini chips. It seemed to be a popular choice for an appetizer that we saw at other tables as well. The grilled Salmon and my friends Bronzini was tasty and the service was excellent. I will certainlhy recommend to anyone who is visiting or looking for a good place to eat.
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    fit for foodies
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  • Great
    ShaShaVIP
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    Had a great time. Staff was great. We would definitely go there again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great new find
    Anna
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    I love trying out new restaurants when I go into NYC, because I know there are so many to choose from. I count on reviews from other people when I make my choice. This one was a wonderful find! All four of us really enjoyed our entrees and desserts. The service was terrific. I would definitely go back.
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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  • JohnVIP
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    Great menu and great service. Would make this a stop any time in NYC.
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    fit for foodies, notable wine list
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  • LOVE LOVE LOVE this place
    CEG1
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    Give it a try and you'll love it too! Great food, great staff. You will go away happy!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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  • Consistently Great
    SmittyVIP
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    Consistently hits the mark with food and service. Porchini Souffle is to die for.
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    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful as always
    JayDVIP
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    The zucchini starter is the best, very light and made fresh. Tuscan beef outstanding and generous enough for two lunch leftovers the next day. Great choices of wine - even by the half bottle. Attentive and friendly service without rushing.
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    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • neeneeVIP
    Dined on 9/29/2014
    It was a showery evening on the night we dined here and yet couples were outdoors enjoying the street scene under the wide awning but we decided to eat indoors. The restaurant was not yet busy as we were having an early dinner. That's always a plus for me because I like to have a relaxed conversation over dinner. Food was excellent and nicely prepared: we three had gazpacho, Mediterranean​ sea bass in salt crust, roasted vegetables, tortellini, and mussels and clams. I had room for a small dish of vanilla ice cream drenched in espresso. Yum! The staff was efficient, polite, and attentive. This is a lovely, large room, convenient to City Center, Manhattan Theater Club, and Carnegie Hall, a block away. One of our favorite places.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Limp
    Straighttalk
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    Uninspired mediocre Italian at a top-rank price. The barely half-filled room on a prime Saturday evening dining period tells the story.
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  • Solid Italian contender in midtown
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIP
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    Hard to believe this gem on 55th Street has been producing great Italian food for nearly 20 years! We ate here pre-theater and the food was excellent and the staff got us on our way in time for the show. Beautiful restaurant with great food and a terrific wine list. We will be back on our next visit!
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    good for groups, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • An old school gem in Midtown.
    TGBL
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    The Branzino was delicious, as were the salads. The bread is the best. Bruno is a most gracious host and helped select an excellent wine. This is a wonderful spot with a specious patio and on a warm night a beautiful place to sit outside.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Leave room for dinner!
    Search4bestnnjVIP
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    This was our first time and we were very pleased. Rightly or wrongly I always judge a restaurant by the bread that the put on the table. Its hard to leave room for dinner - three or four different kinds and all fantastic! Fresh, delicately pungent olive bread, perfectly baked faccachio, and bread sticks that tasted freshly baked! I had the Branzino backed in a salt crust!. Best I have EVER had. Baked fish moist and flavorful. This is a place I have added to my favorite list and you can be sure they will be seeing us again! Oh.... the service - like the old days, when you get up from the table, someone comes over and re-folds your napkin!
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    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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  • We had a great lunch.
    DoingbusinessGal
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    My group needed to conduct a business lunch. The staff ensured that we had a very appropriate table. They were attentive without being intrusive. The food was fresh, colorful and very tasty. I highly recommend Circo!
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    great for lunch
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  • CWalsh
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    The food and service were excellent! The wine that was recommended was perfectly paired with our dinner.
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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  • Most delicious Bronzino
    Alice
    Dined on 9/4/2014
    Excellent food and service. My husband had the pasta for appetizer which was fresh and delicious!
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious!
    carolef2VIP
    Dined on 9/4/2014
    Prix Fixe dinner $38 before 6:30 P.M. and still a good deal after that at $48. Nice selections, gracious host, excellent service, lovely ambiance.
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  • Pleased
    Dined on 9/4/2014
    Very small portions , although very tasty. But I think $45.00 for three scallops and two or three tablespoons of a corn and veggie mixture is a bit much ! Service was excellent !
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  • Outstanding
    pamhenVIP
    Dined on 9/2/2014
    Circo is consistently outstanding. The food is fresh and the service remarkable. The wine list has some rare gems. Bruno and his team make everyone feel at home in this festive environment. It's my neighborhood "kitchen" and go to for a good bowl of homemade pasta and glass of wine! The kitchen always makes my favorite - Cacio e pepe. And the thin, fried zucchini with fresh lemon is addictive!
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
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  • Wonderful as Always!
    BobellerzVIP
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    Circo is the more budget friendly cousin of Le Cirque, but my heart goes out to this neighborhood gem. Bruno and his great f&b team hold a special place in my heart. I stay for the food and come back for the excellent service. I'd give it six stars if I could.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 8/26/2014
    The Food is excellent and the service is outstanding.
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    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • very special. excellent food.
    danoosh
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    great tirtallini with frou gra and giod steak though very small portion. took the weekend ofer for 38 dollars. enjoyed. quick service too.
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    romantic, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • ManhattaniteVIP
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    Had the restaurant week lunch menu for 2: squid ink pasta, with minced shrimp & calamari ragu was excellent, mixed salad was ordinary; Angus skirt steak, baby sweet peppers, fingerling potatoes, stuffed mushrooms was very good, tasty however the Brick pressed chicken, pearl onions, rainbow Swiss chard, roasted potatoes was too dry, overcooked to the extent that the sauce serviced on the side couldn't even hydrate the chicken. For dessert, the mint pannacotta was unique & refreshing, the gelato was also good.
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    great for lunch
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  • Underwhelmed
    DelishVIP
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    What a disappointment. Hadn't been here in a while and expected more based on past history. Circo just isn't what it used to be. The staff was awful. More men in suits fussing over nothing than actually waiting on customers. They need to get their act together and go back to their roots. It's no longer worth the prices. Not sure how involved the Maccioni family is involved any more. I'm going to stick with dads place, Le Cirque.
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  • Restaurant Week Winner
    foodiesVIP
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    We had a delicious and very generous lunch at Circo during restaurant week- we'll be back!
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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  • consistently good--not this time
    kaykayVIP
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    we've been here many times, and it's always good. unfortunately, service was so poor this time that we were pressed to make curtain time right across the street. other tables facing same problem. must have been a breakdown somewhere.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.