Famed fine-dining restaurant Le Cirque is set to return — on a yacht.
The legendary French restaurant is hosting events, such as a Cartier party, on a yacht called 7 Day Weekend that rents for at least $42,000 a week. To match the venue, the events are fairly pricey, running $12,000 for six people and $16,000 for 13, the Post reports. Le Cirque co-owner Mauro Maccioni is cooking at the events himself, serving up signature dishes such as lobster risotto and sea bass paupiette. The boat is in the Hamptons and New England for the summer, with New York City and Miami in its future.
This new iteration of Le Cirque comes as the Maccioni family continues its search for a new space on land. It’s had a few close calls, including 36 East 60th St. and another on the Upper East Side, too. Now Maccioni says they’re again close to signing a different UES lease with 65 seats.
In the meantime, they’ve kept their brand alive through Le Cirques in Las Vegas, New Delhi, Mumbai, and Bangalore. Their not quite as fancy brand, Circo, had opened in Dallas earlier this year, where an operator licensed the Circo brand, but it closed after just three months and claims of bounced paychecks, extensive turnover, liens, and noise complaints. There’s a remaining location in Abu Dhabi.
Le Cirque first opened on East 65th Street in 1974, moving three times since then. The last space at 1 Beacon Ct. in 2006 had 250 seats and closed on New Year’s Eve of 2017. In its heyday, it employed big-name chefs such as Daniel Boulud and David Bouley.