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While the restaurant first opened in New York in 1974, Le Cirque has changed its location in New York three times. Since 2006, this New York restaurant has been in its current location, in the Bloomberg Building in Midtown Manhattan, occupying 16,000 square feet of space that’s been brought to life by interior designer Adam Tihany and architect Costas Kondylis. Together, Tihany and Kondylis have created a lavish and celebratory space filled with color, elegance and some of that old New York charm. The French translation of Le Cirque means circus, and that’s exactly what you’ll find inside the doors of the restaurant. Expect reds, yellows, oranges and golds — all eye-catching and vibrant colors that make Le Cirque come alive. Look to the ceiling in the main dining room to get a sense of the ‘big top’ light shade, an homage to the Forbes Travel Guide Four-Star restaurant’s theme. Also, take note of the fresh floral displays and the wall mirrors set up to reflect every possible view.
In Le Cirque’s casual dining café next to the bar, you’ll find a similar look, but one that draws attention to the restaurant’s history in New York. Large candid black and white photos of restaurant owner Sirio Maccioni — pictured over the years with a variety of celebrity guests — are on display for all to see. Also on display: candid snapshots of Le Cirque’s celebrity guests, ranging from Kirk Douglas to Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, all inside the restaurant to dine at various times. Another signature design element in the café? The glass bar connected to a kaleidoscope wine tower, a gorgeous architectural piece that steals all the attention in the room. The interior design at the Forbes Travel Guide Four-Star restaurant is ostentatious and extravagant, the perfect tribute to it’s namesake and an impressive show to see.