Le Cirque Gets on the Wine-Bar Bandwagon

le cirque wine lounge

Just stop by Le Cirque and chill out. Really?Photo: Melissa Hom


As the fashion for haute cuisine falls away, the more casual wine bar has become a kind of economic savior for the city's classic high-end chefs one reason, as we noted in our Fall Preview year, the likes of Daniel Boulud and Alain Ducasse have embraced the genre wholeheartedly. (It's easier to lure customers into wine bars, and wine is a much higher-profit item than food.) Now Le Cirque has gotten into the act, opening its new wine bar tonight. Says the restaurants legendary owner, Sirio Maccioni: Our new wine lounge is a more casual side of Le Cirque, with chaise longues and where no jackets are required. We wanted to offer something, in our lounge, without all the rigueur of the dining room. The centerpiece of the wine bar is an immense wine tower, with, according to Maccioni, 20,000 bottles of wine and the right menu to go with it. Somehow it just doesnt seem right to go to Le Cirque without a jacket, though no matter how many bottles of wine they have.

Le Cirque wine-bar menu

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Le Cirque wine tower

If you climb to the top, the wine is free! (not really.)Photo: Melissa Hom