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Permanently Closed - Circo

1886 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Top Tags:
  • Pre/post Theatre
  • Good for Anniversaries
  • Casual

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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.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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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
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Phone number
(212) 265-3636
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Business Casual
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Executive chef
Alfio Longo
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Private party facilities
With a beautiful Bar area and outdoor Terrazza, we can help create an unforgettable experience for you and your guests. Our Chef is also on hand to create a personalized menu for any off premise event you would like to have catered.
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Private party contact
Marta Shul: (888) 641-4852
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Off site catering available for smaller events.
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Cross street
6th and 7th Avenue
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Parking details
A parking garage is located next door on 55th Street, between 6th & 7th Avenues, same side of the street.
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Public transit
E M @ 5 Avenue / 53 Street
B Q N R @ 57th Street / 7th Avenue
F @57th Street / 6th Avenue
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Special events & promotions
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

Thank you.
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Delivery, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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4.3  based on recent ratings
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82% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipOpenTable Diner (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on November 3, 2017

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.

vipRegisteredDietitian (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on November 2, 2017

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

Robert (New York Area)
3.0  Dined on November 2, 2017

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.

vipRegisteredDietitian (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on November 1, 2017

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

viptpsx36a (Naples)
2.0  Dined on November 1, 2017

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.

OpenTable Diner (Orlando)
5.0  Dined on November 1, 2017

Loved it. So sad they close send!

vipPacer (New York Area)
4.0  Dined on October 28, 2017

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.

vipSpeats (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on October 27, 2017

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.

vipTruffleking (Phoenix)
5.0  Dined on October 27, 2017

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.


Thank you again!!

vipBrownfoodgroupie (Baltimore)
3.0  Dined on October 26, 2017

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!

vipEllen (San Francisco)
3.0  Dined on October 22, 2017

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

JAGJR (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on October 21, 2017

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.

OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
1.0  Dined on October 20, 2017

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

Foodie (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on October 20, 2017

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.

vipDocM (New York Area)
3.0  Dined on October 19, 2017

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.