It looks like Le Cirque may have already found a new home. According to industry sources and employees of the restaurant, the legendary French spot will be moving for the fourth time — this time, to the Upper East Side.
Sources say the Maccioni family are eyeing a restaurant space at 36 East 60th Street, between Madison Avenue and Park Avenue, possibly with the help of major NYC developer William L. Zeckendorf. Zeckendorf’s super high-end building 520 Park Avenue sits across the street, and sources say that the billionaire is backing the family and is helping to build the new incarnation.
Marco Maccioni declined to comment on the particular address but said: “This is the neighborhood that made my father's reputation, and we know the clientele that well. Mr. Zeckendorf was our landlord at the original space, and our families have remained close.”
The landlord of the property did not respond to request for comment. Zeckendorf declined to comment.
Le Cirque first opened nearly 40 years ago and has since become a New York institution, graduating fine dining stalwarts like Daniel Boulud and David Bouley. It’s since lost some of its culinary luster but remains a destination. Earlier this fall, the family announced that they’d be closing the current outpost at 151 58th Street, near Lexington Avenue, after New Year’s Eve.