It seems New Yorkers no longer have to take out a second mortgage to dine at Sirio Maccioni’s Le Cirque. That is, for lunch anyway. This week Le Cirque’s launching their cafe "Lunch Box", a three-course meal for $25. To hell with that $8 sandwich from Mangia, which apparently arrives with a complementary grasshopper (see Eater for complete details). If only mom had packed my Charlie’s Angels lunch box with red snapper and creme brulee. Of course it doesn’t really come in a box, it’s Le Cirque. A do-it-yourself menu, guests can choose from an array of savories – veal meatballs, spagetthi chittara and fava bean & pecorino sadly – then cap off the feast with tiramisu. While not really a bargain, it’s also not such a bad deal for those who’ve never dined Maccioni-style or glimpsed the lionized restaurateur in the flesh. And for ladies who lunch, it’s practically free.
151 E. 58th St., btwn. Lexington & 3rd Aves.
Until we eat again,
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