Circo
Circo

Circo

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.circonyc.com/index.html
  • Phone: 2122653636x
  • 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
163 reviews since May 21, 2014
Overall Rating4.1
  • Food4.2
    Service4
  • Ambiance4.1
    Noise LevelModerate
87% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (71)neighborhood gem (62)special occasion (58)great for lunch (49)great for outdoor dining (48)good for groups (30)notable wine list (25)romantic (25)kid-friendly (13)late-night find (13)hot spot (9)great for brunch (9)vibrant bar scene (8)scenic view (6)Show More
  • 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!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • 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!
    Special Features:
    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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    special occasion
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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!
    Special Features:
    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!
    Bobellerz
    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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    • Noise LevelModerate
    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.
    Special Features:
    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.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Manhattanite
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • 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!
    Special Features:
    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.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • very nice meal
    xdancer105
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    we had salads and hanger steak; the chocolate sorbet was amazing.
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    special occasion, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Horrible Restaurant
    NYCfoodie
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    Bad experience all around. Service was terrible. We sat for ten minutes before being asked for our drink order. Our waitress was rude and acted annoyed as if we were a nuisance to her. Food was bland. Pricey too.
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  • Bad service
    rruffino
    Dined on 8/11/2014
    We arrived at 6:30 and didn't have our first course until 7:45. Service was terrible! It took us 3 hours to have our dinner served. It was a bad experience.
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  • A night at the circus
    Jengel
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    I had always wanted to eat @ Circo because I was a big fan of Le Cirque. My friend took me to City Center for my birthday and we decided to try it. What a wonderful evening we had. From the moment we walked in we felt we were in a Fellini movie in Italy. The food was fantastic and the service couldn't have been better. I look forward to coming back again and again
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • not good
    TracyVIP
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    We will not go back. We got there at 5:30 for dinner. the restaurant was empty yet they tried to seat us in the very back next to the kitchen and all you could hear were plates and silverware clanking. They tried to tell us that it was the only table available and that the whole restaurant would be completely filled by the time we left. (that didn't happen of course) The finally moved us when they realized we were going to leave. They brought my daughter a pizza that must have been frozen as it was ice cold in parts.
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  • Le Cirque?
    veffVIP
    Dined on 8/6/2014
    The same owners as Le Cirque bring you the best in Tuscan food in The City! Every dish is a masterpiece, served beautifully, and with a bright, fun atmosphere. Enjoy! (No need to go to Le Cirque...This is much better!)
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Poor Service
    luvdiningVIP
    Dined on 8/6/2014
    Waitress was poor and servers just threw the entrees on table. No coffee/Tea was offered with dessert.
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  • dontgetmehangry
    Dined on 8/6/2014
    Scallops were delicious and cooked to perfection. They tasted fresh and even though there were only three... they were a good size. Five star for the presentation as well.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch
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  • Just ok
    Loveating
    Dined on 8/5/2014
    Met up with 5 friends for dinner during restaurant week. Servers were friendly but not super knowledgeable about ingredients. Food was ok, not great and that was disappointing. Brick chicken could have used a bit more flavor. Again, overall experience was ok, but not worth a repeat visit.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • great restaurant week meal
    lovelymeal
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    dined here last night before the theater. We have eaten here before and continue to enjoy it very much. The restaurant week menu was perfect and both me and my husband enjoyed our selections. Wonderful gazpacho to start on a summer evening. He chose the skirt steak which was delicious and perfectly cooked. I always have the brick pressed chicken, which is the best chicken in town! The accompanying vegetables were also excellent. The desserts were lovely to look at and even better to eat. Very quiet and service was very good.
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    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2011VIP
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    First time at Circo, will definitaly return. Excellent experience, food, atmosphere and service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful lunch
    Phoebe
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    We had lunch during restaurant week and the food was fantastic. Will definitely return.
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    special occasion, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIP
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    Took advantage of Restaurant Week menu. Very nice choices, good quality food & friendly, professional service. Dined alfresco & while the street is busy & noisy (it's NY after all), their hedges make a visual barrier & it helps keep the people walking by from looking in.
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    great for outdoor dining
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  • Quality
    chooseyVIP
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    Quality and presentation were very good. Interiors fun. Restaurant week menu had small portions.
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    romantic, special occasion, hot spot
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A little worn
    ParticularVIP
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    Used to sparkle . Noticed staff had turned over.Missed seeing the f amlily members present and even the front desk was remote. Didn't even look up from their conversation to say good night when we left. The sides that came w my entree were cold and spare. The linguine was not cooked properly. The rug is getting old and nasty.
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  • Unfortuate Service
    UWSMom
    Dined on 7/29/2014
    Our family has enjoyed many meals at Circo, however this was a less than pleasant experience. We had an issue with our food and while they took care of the issue financially our impression of the restaurant was ruined when the staff yelled at us. The food was good but the service unfortunate.
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  • lovely early dinner
    LenoxVIP
    Dined on 7/27/2014
    sat outside and loved the salmon carpaccio and scallops.
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    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • ou2dinnerVIP
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    Top notch in every way. Food was prepared beautifully. Waitstaff were helpful and service was excellent. Will definitely return.
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    neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Magical Italian Circus
    romanartist60
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    From the refolding of our napkins whenever we left our table to the explosion of rustic Italian flavors, Circo was a magical Italian experience. The circus theme was translated throughout the flavor of our food and the execution of our service with small unexpected surprises and intrigues. I loved the atmosphere and the fanciful decor and my daughters and I had a magical time!
    Special Features:
    late-night find, scenic view, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Food and Service
    MontereyGem
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    Circo has a circus theme with moving statues, so kids will enjoy it. The food and service are excellent. Since it's walking distance to the Broadway theater district, it's a great place to have dinner before a show.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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  • Great, but beware of large groups !
    Jack
    Dined on 7/24/2014
    We were a party of 3 and sat toward the back when a party of 15 showed up. We spent the rest of the conversation yelling across our table . Hands down I would go again, but if you see a large group coming your way, it's about to get noisy.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always an Uplifting Experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2002VIP
    Dined on 7/23/2014
    Circo never disappoints - starting with the warm welcome from the most charming Maitre d', to the wonderful wait staff and most beautifully plated and delicious food - all in the crisp décor reminiscent of the "big tent" of the circus - it is a wonderful experience. The squid ink pasta, impeccably al dente, with its topping of delicately prepared seafood, was a most wonderful start, but each course was delicious in its own right. Even their turn on fresh fruit dessert. All wonderful. I love this place. The bonus - this was all on the Restaurant Week menu no less.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great for after theater
    Rnbw1010
    Dined on 7/20/2014
    By chance we chose this restaurant. Wonderful Italian food! Things on the menu that I haven't seen in any other places. Very, very good.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent Food
    Mikeview
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    We dined at Circo last Saturday night and had an excellent dining experience. The food exceeded our expectations and the pace of service was perfect. We definitely plan to return.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The City Center place to go
    CliffVIP
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    Right across the street from the City Center is this marvelous restaurant. Food is terrific, service is attentive but not pushy and the bartender makes a fine martini. This was our fourth time at Circo and I have yet to find fault with the place.
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    neighborhood gem
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  • fantastic!
    reloqueenVIP
    Dined on 7/15/2014
    Food and service are always amazing.... Bruno, the Maitre D', runs the place impeccably and never a miss at any time... in either food or service
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Consistently excellent food
    JandGNYCVIP
    Dined on 7/15/2014
    Outstanding authentic Italian food. Delicious pasta, freshly made. Branzino is light and delicious. Petto Di Pollo (chicken paillard) is simple, tender and tasty. Gamberoni Pietrasanta is a wonderful shrimp entree -- succulent and sweet. The Cesari Amarone is a wonderful wine that complements virtually any food choice. Finish off the meal with a scrumptious gelato affogato, and you won't be sorry! We are regulars at the restaurant, as we live in the neighborhood, and we sometimes even bring our dog, weather permitting!! In addition to seeing us, you might also run into Tony Bennett, Barbara Walters, or any number of celebrities who frequent the place. It's also a great restaurant for business lunches. We love it, and you'll love it too!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.