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For over 30 years, Le Cirque has been an elegant New York landmark. It first opened at the Mayfair Hotel in 1974, and then reemerged as Le Cirque 2000 in the New York Palace Hotel. In 2006 the third installment of Le Cirque in New York opened in the sloping glass and steel courtyard of One Beacon Court (151 East 58th Street) - also known as the Bloomberg Tower. The whimsical yet elegant design of the new Le Cirque owes its unique flourish to Sirio Maccioni's quarter-century collaboration with architect/designer Adam Tihany and the additional talents of architect Costas Kondylis.

Once you enter the courtyard, you step into a curved space made of glass and steel. Just above a revolving door, you'll see the red letters spelling out Le Cirque in their signature font. Step into Le Cirque and right away you'll notice the sloping lines that define the space of the restaurant. As you face the hostess area, the formal, semi-circular main dining room will be on your left, and the more casual bar café area will be to your right. The formal dining room has dark, ebony-colored woodwork accented with shades of yellow and sunset. A beige banquette runs along the outer walls of the dining room while tables with armless dark wood chairs with beige cushions take up the rest of the dining area. The ample, comfortable chairs are almost as large as the table for two. The wall is adorned with wire artwork depicting circus scenes by Tim Flynn, and between different pieces you'll see vertical bands of lighting. At center stage (well, it's just about in the center) you'll see the circus theme alive and well in a barrel shaped display with, what else, monkeys. (For more on either of these two decorative touches see Appealing Highlights below). Should you happen to pull your eyes away from the elegant swirl at eye level and above and look down while in the main dining room, you'll find a red carpet with an abstract gold pattern. Long, off-white drapes hang over the impressive floor-to-ceiling windows, shielding diners from the fluorescent lights in the Bloomberg Tower and also closing the restaurant off from the hustle and bustle that's better left outside. The long curtains also block the light reflecting off the glass structure, thus keeping the light inside the room under the control of the restaurant.

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