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Circus - NYC
Circus - NYC

Circus - NYC Details

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Website: http://www.circusrestaurante.com
  • Phone: (212) 223-2965
  • Hours of Operation: Lunch: Monday - Saturday: 12:00pm - 4:00pm; Dinner: Monday - Tuesday: 4:00pm - 10:30pm, Wednesday - Saturday: 4:00pm - 11:30pm,
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Brazilian
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Delivery, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, Wine
  • Private Party Contact: Samantha Reis

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Lexington & Park Avenue
  • Parking: Street Parking
A word from Circus - NYC
Circus Restaurant has been serving fine Brazilian cuisine for over 17 years. While the menu stays true to their family's recipes, there is a sophistication to each dish.
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Diner Reviews
  • "this is the first time I tried Brazilian food, AWESOME!! I loved everything about it, they have this specialized Brazilian drink with a nice kick to it as well. overall I would come back in a heart beat"
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "This place is awesome for groups. Had a ladies dinner and we got pretty loud (too many drinks perhaps). No one complained which was fabulous. We had lots of fun and truly enjoyed the food."
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "I am from Ohio going to “The City” for a special occasion. I did a lot of research for a restaurant in NYC not too far from Carnegie Hall and settled for Circus and I am glad I did. Circus is extremely cozy with a warm and "homey" feel to it. The manager and host were amazingly friendly and accommodating (they even brought a dessert, free of charge, and sang to The Graduate at the end of the dinner); service was outstanding and the food was truly amazing. The Calamari and Pastels were extremely tasty appetizers; All main courses (9 total) were delicious, the Acebolado (Seared Strip Steak Medallions with Onions); Churrasco; Feijoada - Brazilian National dish and the the Salmon. If in NYC will definitely go back, want to try the entire menu!"
    Dined on 5/22/2014
  • "The atmosphere and service are excellent. The food is almost there just some seasoning issues. Both my girl friend and I felt the main part of our meals were under seasons while the sides were over seasoned. I my case it was a steak special with a risotto, hers was the salmon."
    Dined on 5/9/2014
  • "The food and service are outstanding but the picture gallery of the circus is just wonderful"
    Dined on 4/19/2014
  • "If you want to try a Brazilian restaurant, but do not want to go to your typical CHURRASCARIAS, you should try this place. Finally a decent Brazilian restaurant, with great ambience and good food. The menu is very traditional and simple, but well made. The decor is nice without being overdone. The staff is very nice, especially the hoster and the water boys. Unfortunately our waitress was either new or really did not know what she was doing. A little arrogant, I must say. She never checked on our table. Thank God for the water boys! They took care of us!"
    Dined on 4/17/2014
  • "The restaurant was smelling cleaning products so hard that we couldn't feel the food taste. And the famous cheese brazilian bread clearly was heated, it wasn't fresh. I am not planning to come back there"
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "Once ruffle food and nicely served in a warm and happy room..keep up the good work."
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "Always a treat. Friendly smiles and delicious food!"
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "I've been there many times throughout the years and each time the food, the service, the ambiance make for a fantastic experience. My friends from Rio approved!"
    Dined on 3/19/2014
  • "Very warm and welcoming. The evening we were there, there was live music too. Service was friendly and knowledgable. Food was authentic - all agreed the meal was delicious, served piping hot with plentiful portions."
    Dined on 3/18/2014
  • "We selected this restaurant because of its proximity to a theater. We had minimal expectations. It's sort of hidden away with a simple entrance; it's not very big. The staff was professional. The cadillac margarita was among the best I've had around the United States. Every food item we ordered was cooked to perfection and flavorful. I can't wait to go back. It's a little pricey, but worth it. The calamari was like eating fresh fish with tasty, light bread crumb - not the chewy, greasy breaded stuff you get most other places. The black bean soup was not heavy, the herbs and spices again had a crisp, freshness. The pastel were fresh and you can get a selection. I had the Feijoada; again, it was fresh and flavorful."
    Dined on 3/1/2014
  • "Met friends at this place for lunch for restaurant week. The best thing on the fixed price menu was the fried calamari and zucchini. The fish with okra was very salty and disappointing. The desserts were OK. The service was OK. Not the best experience."
    Dined on 3/6/2014
  • "I went here for restaurant week, and the choices and size of the dishes were amazing... prob one of the best restaurant week menus I ever had..... LOVE it.................and we had a bonus a band playing was beautiful.... my boyfriend and I were STUFFED when we left.... Try the Brazilian Sausage - amazing- the flan- amazing ............"
    Dined on 2/25/2014
  • "Our group of friends, six of us together, go out to celebrate our birthdays usually at a steakhouse but this option was a lovely substitute. I thought that the seating at the restaurant is ample to provide my group with a level of privacy that isn't usually afforded at the other places we've been but didn't leave us out of the action. The servers were friendly, and ready with suggestions. They were also very courteous and attentive, clearing the table promptly after meals were finished to make room for the next course. Closing at the restaurant is listed at 11:30p but we never felt rushed out even though our dinner got a late start due to typical subway shenanigans."
    Dined on 2/21/2014
  • "Really enjoyed my experience at Circus! Vasco (not sure if I'm spelling his name right), was very accommodating when I asked for a 20 people group- last minute reservation, and had the back room set up as soon as we walked in, taking our coats, and making sure we were comfortable. The food was delicious, the steak to die for, and the coconut flan is by far the best dessert I've ever tasted. Make sure to check this place out! We went on a Thursday and it was quiet to start but by 9:00pm it was crowded with great people!"
    Dined on 2/20/2014
  • "Food was pretty decent. The service was not as pleasant. Some of the staff seemed nice but our particular waiter was rude and the whole time we were there we felt like he was looking down on us."
    Dined on 2/21/2014
  • "We went here for Valentine's Day... the service was excellent, the bartender was outstanding, and the food was heavenly. We'll be back!"
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "Went here for Valentines day had a reservation and it was right on the dot with timing. The food and drinks where verygood the ambience was very welcoming and so was the staff"
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "Brought some family and friends - all was delicious. Just one disappointment in that my favorite item was no longer on the menu. Waitress wasn't familiar with the dish or I would have asked if chef could have made it since it was there for years."
    Dined on 1/18/2014
  • "Not surprisingly for an upscale neighborhood, the service and atmosphere were exemplary. With a party of 3, it's very easy to go through 6 caipirinhas, the Brazilian cocktail of choice. You've just added $82 to your bill including tax and tip, naturally, because we all have to pay tax and tip so prices should never exclude them. The salads and moqueca (shrimp-based fish stew) were filling and delicious; the steak special, supposedly picanha (the favorite Brazilian steak option) which it wasn't (!!) but what it was, was tough and tasteless. Why a classy restaurant would misrepresent the meat as something it wasn't is beyond me. I've had picanha often and the kitchen did not send this out. Not a smart stunt to pull with a $202 tab!"
    Dined on 12/28/2013
  • "The service was excellent. I decided to take prix fix menu, but even though the food was excellent the portion of the steak was to small, they served it with corn. It should have been seved with potatoes or vegetables."
    Dined on 12/24/2013
  • "The wait staff were great and very friendly. The host/manager was very rude. The food was mixed bag - some dishes were wonderful - the salmon was great but the chicken was not very good. Unfortunately for him the 'birthday boy' in our party ordered the chicken - he described it as 'edible'!"
    Dined on 11/14/2013
  • "This is good place if you want to take someone on a date or have a special occassion , its not too big and not too noisy, serving good food. If you are focusing on price, then probably not the place for you. My girl friend loved it."
    Dined on 11/9/2013
  • "The occasion was a family get-together of 10 people. The wonderful folks at Circus could not have been more accommodating. The service and the food were wonderful. Will be back, with or without family. Circus is one of those NYC gems!!"
    Dined on 11/9/2013
  • "This charming upper eastside restaurant never fails to get high marks and we dine there quite often. The very pleasant and attentive service, the inventive and tasty Brazilian cuisine, the cozy, attractive room all add up to a very pleasant evening. Highly recommended. Go and enjoy."
    Dined on 10/28/2013
  • "I was introduced to this restaurant a couple of years ago and dine there every couple of months. It never disappoints and appeals to a wide range of ages. The only disappoint this time were the men at the next table who felt it was appropriate to tell us to lower our voices when all we were doing was trying to compensate for the table behind us who were very enthusiastic. Every course was a delight and the staff are courteous and helpful."
    Dined on 10/15/2013
  • "We loved the food, it was delicious. We were a bit disappointed with the service as they never offered us anything to drink!! They gave us water but they never offered anything else. Other than that we liked it a lot."
    Dined on 10/10/2013
  • "If you spend a lot of time in Brazil, you may be disappointed here. No complimentary appetizers which is an absolute standard in Brazil. I had the feijoada and was not impressed. It was not very good -- stingy on the oranges, way too much sausage, too much garlic in the kale. I spend a lot of time in Rio and Sao Paulo and this did not compare. It looked as if they were "sort of" Brazil but had enough other stuff on the menu to please those who did not know or appreciate Brazilian cuisine. My dessert -- glazed bananas with ice cream was not good -- no glazing on those bananas. Fortunately my husband's dessert was good so we shared. Best part of the meal was the caipirinha -- that was well done."
    Dined on 10/1/2013
  • "A good, reasonably priced meal. But, not exciting; would return if looking for a place in the neighborhood."
    Dined on 8/13/2013
  • "I asked for medium rare for the main course and when it came, it was medium at best. I did not want to make an issue of it because then it would be too late to make a new one. Instead of assuming that the cook did not know how to cook a steak properly, I imagine that the steak was actually pre-cooked and heated up for the dinner order. For one, it came too fast for it to be grilled from scratch. and secondly, it was rather tepid for a a grilled steak. because of its finish, the meat was rather chewy. I've been doing the Restaurant Week for a while and while normally I dined out with friends, I made it a point to dine alone on the last evening; for me that's when you'll see if it can live up to our higher expectation but not this one"
    Dined on 8/16/2013
  • "Great food, atmosphere & service! I would definitely dine there again."
    Dined on 8/16/2013
  • "A great discovery which has survived for many years, delicious native dishes served with gusto and charm . Excellent bar service."
    Dined on 8/15/2013
  • "Circus was great friendly staff and food was very good....."
    Dined on 8/14/2013
  • "Great Churrasco - assortment of meats. Medium rare is the way to go. The cod (Bacalhau) was also good and tender. Overall a great experience; would go again"
    Dined on 8/14/2013
  • "Went for restaurant week lunch menu. We got there a little late and were pressed for time but no issues. The great service had us in and out without feeling rushed."
    Dined on 8/13/2013
  • "Well-executed upscale twists on Brazillian classics, served with care, but acoustics make taking to your partner impossible--shouting is needed. Odd because in all other respects quite romantic, relaxed, warm, but the sonic thunder works against the ambiance and great food. Go at off-hours."
    Dined on 8/9/2013
  • "Two of us enjoyed our first experience at this beautiful, small venue. The service was good although the wait staff needs a bit more training (do not remove a wine glass while it still contains some wine). We were not rushed and the setting is conducive to quiet conversation. The food was excellent. We each selected different dishes from the menu and enjoyed them all. We agreed we would return."
    Dined on 8/8/2013
  • "Decor was cute and food was great. Service was friendly. Would definitely eat here again."
    Dined on 8/8/2013
  • "Food was very rare and took forever to come out. The place smelled like a funeral home with all the incense. It was too expensive for the amount and quality of food. This is the first and last time I will go here."
    Dined on 8/8/2013