I have family arriving in town next week and am trying to decide between the two. I know they're both well-regarded in town and I have been wanting to eat at both for many years now. In my mind, Le Cirque is the better restaurant, but L'atelier has been getting a lot of press lately. Is there any truth to the rumor that Le Cirque may be changing/closing as the involvement of the Maccioni family changes?
We would either order the Dégustation Menu at Le Cirque or the Seasonal menu at L'atelier.
The cuisine at both places intrigue me equally. The only requirement is that the dinner be memorable, the dishes exciting, and the meal being decently filling. Assuming I can get a reservation at both places, which should I choose?