Permanently Closed - Circo

4.1
1886 Reviews
$31 to $50
Italian

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This restaurant is permanently closed. 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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vipRitaH
New York Area
25 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2017
Overall5food4service5ambience5

We discovered when we sat down that we were there on the penultimate night of service in this restaurant, which has been open for at least 20 years. They lost their lease that very week, and the staff had just been told a few days before. We were very sad, because Circo had been one of our regular venues for pre-theatre dinner, particularly for City Center. I had celebrated several birthdays there as well. Our dinner was delicious but sad. We will miss Circo.

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vipRegisteredDietitian
New York Area
170 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We are so sorry Circo is closing on Sunday. It has been our go to restaurant for over 20years. Good bye to a dear friend

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Robert
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2017
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Having had dinner at Circo several times in the past, most recently it was somewhat disappointing, hopefully an off evening and poor selections from the menu. The staff, though friendly, was overworked and harried, but they did get us out on time for the theater, an easy target as we only had main course and dessert. The veal was tough and grissly so that the scallopini dish chosen by three at our table, though flavorful, was a poor choice. A restaurant like Circo should be more careful in purchasing its meat. Hoping to return for a better meal.

RD
vipRegisteredDietitian
New York Area
170 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

How sad, our go to restaurant with great service and food and ambiance is closing on sunday

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viptpsx36a
New York Area
40 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2017
Overall2food3service1ambience5

Would not recommend. Owner only interested in his "friends." No waiter! We ordered thru a busman who told the wine guy what we wanted. Food came on time and was good but wine was actually BAD, so he opened another one that was awful tasting, finally a Shiraz that was drinkable. He was nice. Tried to be helpful. Very disorganized. The people next to us were equally horrified. Beautiful place though.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Orlando
3 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved it. So sad they close send!

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vipPacer
New York Area
63 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2017
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Pre-theater from 5:30-6:30 great deal. Choices great and portions a good size. Yummy pumpkin tart. Wine list has changed and we found it difficult to find a moderately priced wine. However maitre d’ was able to find a suitable and fine tasting wine that was not on the list. Enjoyable evening.

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vipSpeats
New York Area
28 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We have been to Circo many times over the last few years and it has never been a disappointment. Just days after we were last there, I heard they were about to close. That is a huge disappointment. Bruno and friends, we miss you.

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vipAverage
Phoenix
27 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Bruno is the greatest as always he and his Circo Troop are the Best of the Best! AAA+ If you want a great dinning experience and finest quality, this is the place.

Enjoy!

Thank you again!!

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vipBrownfoodgroupie
Baltimore
25 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2017
Overall3food4service3ambience3

Restaurant was veeery busy pre theater but quieted down after 7:45pm. Staff didn’t pay attention to Open Table notes about our special anniversary, although Maitre D spoke to us after dinner & decorated dessert plate. Friends called restaurant to send us drinks & they couldn’t find a reservation for us - Hello Open Table!
Large portion of veal parmesan & very delicious creme brûlée!

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vipEllen
San Francisco
36 reviews
Dined on October 22, 2017
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Everything was way too salty!! I could barely eat my dinner.

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JAGJR
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I enjoyed their chicken specialty and my wife also enjoyed her salmon. The venue is much better than Aquagrill where we went last week. I’m not sure about comparing the venue with Le Bernardin or Nobu but the staff Bruno, Elmo and Julio made us feel special.
We will come back.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 20, 2017
Overall1food1service1ambience2

Very bad service, not enough waiters.
Food was very average

TB
TurtleBayresident
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Circo is elegant and classy. The pasta is homemade, subtle, tasty, and presented well. I loved the Papardelle with wild mushrooms and duck ragu. I would go back for that.

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vipMsMM
New York Area
39 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2017
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Have come to this restaurant pre theater for many years. It seems to have lost it's food quality at the same time that it has gotten very pricey. Decor is lovely, but food
Is skimpy and lacking good flavors.

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vipjayworth
New York Area
46 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2017
Overall2food2service2ambience1

What a disappointment..tired almost shabby decor & a menu that hasnt been updated in 15 years. As to our dinner, their gas service for the kitchen had been interrupted hours before, which resulted in more than half the menu items to be unavailable, such as all pastas, etc. Rather than notify us via open table (where we had made the ressie) or via my email address or cellphone, they chose to say nothing in advance. We werent even notified when we checked in at the door; we werent told until after we sat down & had ordered a cocktail. too late to change our plans. A terrible way to treat us.
Will NEVER return !!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2017
Overall3food2service3ambience3

There was no gas at that day, so they don’t serve pastas and many other dishes. I chose the chicken and it’s so plain. Bad experience

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lefiz
London
19 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2017
Overall3food5service2ambience4

I've been dining at Circo for years, and have generally been very happy. Hopefully this was just an off night, but the service was slow and inattentive, and numerous beverage choices on the menu were unavailable.

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Lovinit
Atlantic Canada
2 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2017
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Close by Times Square. Whimsical, modern decor. Generous Martini followed by a great meal . We both had Sea Bass but prepared in different ways (salt crust & grilled with lemon and capers) Suggested wine to accompany was excellent. Would recommend to friends. Outstanding service

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CJohn
Phoenix
13 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

From the efficient good humor of Maurer d' to the knowledgeable and patient waiters it was a terrific time. Italian wine and salt-encrusted Bronzino, the meal was wonderful. A "circus" of delight.

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MEME
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2017
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great service. Very ood foode. Bargain menu available

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RobertaC
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2017
Overall1food1service1ambience4

I have eaten at this restaurant several times and it was always fabulous. The food has been fantastic, the place was always packed, the ambience fun and exciting. Our recent dinner was a major disappointment. There was one waitress, the white wine was warm and we were told it would have to be put on ice for 15 minutes, or pasta dish came out cold and had to be sent back to be warmed up and our entrée - Dover sole was too rich and the veal Milanese was tough. Needless to say we left as soon as we could and will never go back there. What a total disappointment. This place had been fantastic. It certainly isn't now.

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Gary
Miami
3 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2017
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Food was great - salad portion was too small - wine prices on the high end - overall it was a delicious lively meal - would come back the next time we visit NYC

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vipMike
San Francisco
47 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2017
Overall2food2service2ambience3

This is the second time we have tried Circo for dinner with the same friends.

The two orders of salmon were good, as were the salads, the service was very slow during both visits.

The two orders of veal Parmesan were a disaster, dry tough veal with a burnt cheese on top, no visable sauce. The veal portions were round in shape and looked like pizza's being served. Neither of us finished the veal as it was hard to chew and not tasty.

The side of broccoli rabe was about 1/2 a cup in size for $11.00...no value.

There are too many better places in that area of mid town to dine at with good food and good service.

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vipJimmyb
Dallas
14 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2017
Overall3food3service3ambience5

Just reopend and they were out of several items. No mozzarella, only 2 choices for red wine. Ambience was nice and servers friendly but food was just average.

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RachelleC
San Francisco
21 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2017
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Have not been to Circo for some time but when colleagues and I were in NYC and wanted a nice meal near our hotel, I recommended Circo. The maitre d was suave and lovely as usual, the food and service were great, just as I remembered. We ate outdoors and had a lovely time.

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dineout
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on August 9, 2017
Overall2food3service1ambience3

The service was basically nonexistent. The waitress was not attentive. It was pretty obvious that our entrees were delivered to another table as the wait after our salads was insanely long. I was last here two weeks ago and the air conditioning wasn't working.

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OpenTable Diner
New Orleans
5 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2017
Overall5food3service5ambience5

Birthday - greT room

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OrrinD
New England
5 reviews
Dined on August 6, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service nice staff. We ate 3 nights in a row!!

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viplinnie
New York Area
47 reviews
Dined on August 5, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Circo is always great and this time it was no exception. Dinner was great and the ambience is always terrific.

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Orbit
Miami
36 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2017
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Nice dinner.
Fly flew into one glass of wine and when the waiter was told, he said I will filter the wine. That was a surprise. Did not drink the rest or complain.

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olga
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 4, 2017
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Very pleasant place, especially during summer time with their outdoor area...
Good quality food, good wine list, of course expensive due to area...

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vipdehillerin
New York Area
213 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2017
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Two friends took me to lunch for an early birthday celebration. The service was prompt, pleasant and attentive, in no way intrusive,
It was Restaurant Week, and we indulged in a three-course lunch. Excellent trofie al pesto, pollo al mattone, and a darling fresh blueberry tartlette.
Everyone was pleased as can be. Will happily go back another time.
I prefer it at lunch, when the restaurant is relatively quiet...but then, it's my generation's preference.

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vipSusan
St. Louis
48 reviews
Dined on August 1, 2017
Overall4food5service5ambience4

We love it here. Too close to other people. Food fantastic. Service fantastic. Great place

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on July 31, 2017
Overall1food3service1ambience3

The restaurant was empty. I had to wait 45 minutes to get my first course which was a "salad". Second course took another 30 minutes. The waitress didn't come to check on the table or to advise what the wait was until I asked. Overall, lunch took two hours of my 60 minutes window and I told the waitress I was on a schedule. The son of the owner seated us and was nowhere to be found when my colleague and I wanted to complain. Food and portions were mediocre at best. I don't recommend this restaurant.

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vipjohnsotr
Pittsburgh
38 reviews
Dined on July 30, 2017
Overall4food4service2ambience4

We enjoyed very good food but the service was agonizingly slow. We can recommend the salt encrusted branzino and the rack of lamb. On a night when only a dozen tables were occupied, it was surprising and inexcusable that the service was so slow. It would be risky to come here pre-theater.

JM
vipJMAD
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Restaurant week lunch was fabulous: good selection, generous portions, wonderful food. Every detail, from the delicious bread basket to the "Happy Anniversary" written on our dessert plate, to the attentive service, was outstanding. The maitre d has to be one of the most charming old-world gentlemen in New York. I couldn't recommend it more highly!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2017
Overall3food3service2ambience4

Waitress was over whelmed, which made the service very slow. But the food was interesting enough to try again.

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notjust4Bme
New York Area
48 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2017
Overall4food4service4ambience4

This was my first visit to Circo, prompted by Restaurant Week. However, for those of us who do not eat desert, ordering one appetizer or salad plus an entree amounts to pretty much the same price as ordering from the Restaurant Week menu. The food was very good and the convenience to Carnegie Hall make Circo another good choice.

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vipOrchid
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2017
Overall3food4service3ambience4

The service is very slow. Possibly understaffed. However the food was very nice and the ambience also nice.

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Permanently Closed - Circo offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (212) 265-3636.

Permanently Closed - Circo is rated 4.1 stars by 1886 OpenTable diners.

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