So the glutton in me came out in full force and I visited Le Cirque for dinner last night and Fiamma for lunch today.
Initially, I was concerned about Le Cirque and possbile service issues due to it being restraurant week and all. The food was quite good and the service was excellent. The chocolate dessert was exquisite and I tasted the creme brulee (also excellent).
But the one that takes the cake was Fiamma. LOVED IT. They are only open for lunch during restraurant week. Had an exquisite Buffallo Mozzarella salad, the chicken for main course and the chocolate dessert. All was great. The olive bread offered before the meal was outstanding. So yummy. We didn't have reservations and was able to get seated. Worst case scenario we were told that they would seat folks at the bar.
I was pleasantly surprised by both experiences (especially Le Cirque).