Circus - NYC
Circus - NYC

Circus - NYC

  • 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

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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Circus - NYC reviews from OpenTable diners
45 reviews since July 29, 2014
Overall Rating4.3
  • Food4.2
    Service4.3
  • Ambiance4.2
    Noise LevelModerate
95% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (26)fit for foodies (17)great for lunch (11)romantic (8)special occasion (7)good for groups (6)late-night find (2)notable wine list (1)hot spot (1)great for brunch (1)kid-friendly (1)Show More
  • Great Brazilian Restaurant
    Upperwest123VIP
    Dined on 11/21/2014
    This was our first time at Circus. We really enjoyed it the food, wine and atmosphere. We'll definitely be back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • definitely worth a visit
    Diner60VIP
    Dined on 11/15/2014
    Very cute place. Greeted very nicely. Diverse enough menu so everyone will find something they like. The food was delicious. The service was great. The caipirinhas were fantastic. The price was very reasonable. Definitely a place to go if you're tired of the same old French and Italian, but don't want to go too much off the grid.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, romantic
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice Brazilian fare
    WiglafVIP
    Dined on 11/5/2014
    A great place for something a little different. Hearty Brazilian fare, friendly people, and fairly reasonable -- considering it's Midtown -- pricing.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Just okay
    CTBeth
    Dined on 10/27/2014
    We went with our Brazilian friend to have an authentic Brazilian meal. A few things weren't prepared the way she expected, and we thought the food wasn't anything special. Probably won't go back.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • SUPER BIRTHDAY LUNCH
    SashaVIP
    Dined on 10/16/2014
    A wonderful place for an intimate and friendly gathering. The food is delicious, the service is excellent, and a great time was had by everyone.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent but...
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    Excellent service, wonderful ambience. Drinks were amazing. But the food was inconsistent. Shrimp was superb, beef was a little dry, and steak was overcooked. Deserts were fantastic. Lunch for three @ $200. should have yielded a more consistent dining experience.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • you're missing out on a great find!
    FruiPrandium
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    Took my colleague, who is Brazilian, for lunch. He chose the dishes and we both thoroughly enjoyed them. Tucked away off the corner of Lexington, this is a sparkling eatery that more people should know about. I imagine it would be great for after-work dining, when you can also have a few more caipirinhas(!) While attire is casual, it nonetheless feels rather elegant. A delicious menu and comforting experience this first time so I will be back--with more friends!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Our favorite Brazilian Restaurant
    ReddevilsVIP
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    If you want good Brazilian food, Circus will never disappoint. We love the food as well as all the paintings, cartoons, etc. related to "circus" on the walls. We were in Brazil in June for the World Cup and wanted to have Brazilian food again!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Place for lunch
    Notafoodie
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    This restaurant has great ambience. The food is also delicious.
    Special Features:
    romantic, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Brazilian food!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    Best I've had in the city! Thanks for a little taste of home.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • CIRCUS!!!!!!!!!
    DinerMcEaterVIP
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    What a nice place tucked away on UES sidestreet - I had a great time, extremely friendly waitstaff - will be back soon
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Restauart week gem
    crumpet
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    Went for restaurant week, the cuisine was excellent. The value was great and the service was out of this world. Everyone who go to Circus hopefully will have as good of time that my husband and I had.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, great for lunch
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great eats
    Bevy
    Dined on 8/6/2014
    had lunch here with my daughter, it was restaurant week and the meal was great. clean plates. the serivice was very good and it was worth the money. decent portion for restaurant week.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Circus
    TempoVIP
    Dined on 8/5/2014
    REally enjoyed trying Brazilian food for the first time. Very nice atmosphere and excellent service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Delightful find.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    This was my first time dining at Circus and what a delight it was. The atmosphere , service and food were excellent. It was my first time at a Brazilian restaurant and what a delicious experience it was. I've already recommended it to friends and family and I hope it will be around for a long time to come.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Pleasant dinner
    CariocaNYC
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    We took advantage of the New York Restaurant Week to visit this Brazilian gem and were pleasantly satisfied. I ordered the moqueca, which was just good, lacking a bit of the Brazilian taste I'm used to, but my wife enjoyed a lot the picanha. For dessert, the pudim was a notch better than the one my mom used to make (psst, don't tell her).
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Flicker
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    Very nice décor. Food, particularly bread and dessert were excellent. Circus theme was subtle but very inyeresting.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 28 ratings-only reviews submitted since July 29, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.2
    • Food4.3
    • Ambiance4
    • Service4.1
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 169 reviews are from the Circus - NYC reviews archive.
  • Amazing
    Gigi130
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    My uncle recommended Circus for me and my friends. The food was delicious and the signature drinks were amazing. It's a hidden gem.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Decor is lovely and food is superb
    CeeBee
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    We were a party of seven with very different tastes. Everyone enjoyed the shared appetizers and the varied and unusual entrées. I did not know what to expect of a Brazilian restaurant with a circus theme and I was concerned it would be loud and gaudy but that is not so. The decor is lovely and the food is superb. I highly recommend this restaurant if you are looking for something that stands out from the ordinary.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Truly Brazilian
    fabio1974
    Dined on 7/4/2014
    If you are one of thousand Brazilians in NYC and is missing our home cuisine, do not hesitate to visit Circus. It is a Brazilian Dinner without overcharacterization. Imagine a good and fair restaurant in Jardins or Leblon. That's it.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • So excited to find Circus!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 6/30/2014
    I was looking for a place to grab a bite and stumbled on Circus. Such amazing food! And the service was very attentive.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Brazilian Spot
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    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
    Special Features:
    romantic
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Good food!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fantastic Dinner at a great place!
    Tony
    Dined on 5/22/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great venue good food
    BMo22
    Dined on 5/9/2014
    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.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Picture gallery
    2dine
    Dined on 4/19/2014
    The food and service are outstanding but the picture gallery of the circus is just wonderful
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious Brazilian food
    Drescu05
    Dined on 4/17/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Good for Groups
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Beautiful Brazilian
    MericVIP
    Dined on 4/12/2014
    Once ruffle food and nicely served in a warm and happy room..keep up the good work.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Always a treat. Friendly smiles
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013VIP
    Dined on 3/29/2014
    Always a treat. Friendly smiles and delicious food!
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Not a good experience
    LeticiaVIP
    Dined on 3/29/2014
    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
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Brazilian gem
    Edgar
    Dined on 3/19/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene, great for brunch, romantic, notable wine list, hot spot, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Brazil in NY
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010VIP
    Dined on 3/18/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Restaurant week lunch
    srm1VIP
    Dined on 3/6/2014
    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.
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  • Unexpected Surprise
    bobbyjohnVIP
    Dined on 3/1/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food
    Lolen
    Dined on 2/25/2014
    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 ............
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Lovely Birthday Party
    Johnny
    Dined on 2/21/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food was pretty decent. The
    Julietta25
    Dined on 2/21/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great food and nice back room space
    CassandraResearch
    Dined on 2/20/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Food
    Judith
    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
    Special Features:
    romantic
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great experience, great food
    BroadwyDvaVIP
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    We went here for Valentine's Day... the service was excellent, the bartender was outstanding, and the food was heavenly. We'll be back!
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.