A friend and I had lunch yesterday at Le Cirque. We were just so sad to think that it's going to close in that space. It is so grand and gorgeous - I don't know of another restaurant space in NYC that even comes close.
Service wasn't spectacular, but was fine. A bit of misunderstanding about cheese, a dessert souffle order that wasn't put in (turns out not to have mattered, we were too full anyway).
We shared two appetizers - frogs legs (which were de-boned!) and lentil salad with tongue and sausage, and we both had the crispy duck entree, which was served with boring superfluous steamed pea pods, and decent spaetzle. Duck was indeed crispy, with a nice glaze.
We drank a bottle of Can't-remember-the-producer Crozes-Hermitage (we ordered a Chave Cotes du Rhone but they were out of it). Started with glasses of Veuve Cliquot yellow label.
Decent espresso, decent mignardises.
No culinary revelations, but solidly executed classic good food in a very grand setting. I will miss it.