Circus

★★★★★
Casual Brazilian restaurant injects the Upper East Side with the spirit and sustenance of South America.
  • 132 E 61st St 1

    New York, NY 10021

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  • 212-223-2965

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I have been at Circus a couple of time for I tend to give a restaurant a second chance when the service is good. The Brazilian apetizers are good, but the typical dishes, specially the ones from the North East of Brazil, are anything but

3
★★★★★

I have been at Circus a couple of time for I tend to give a restaurant a second chance when the service is good. The Brazilian apetizers are good, but the typical dishes, specially the ones from the North East of Brazil, are anything but

Pros: service

Cons: bland food

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My friend and I both had fish and each were very tender and tasty. The atmosphere is a bit childish, but still fun.

3
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My friend and I both had fish and each were very tender and tasty. The atmosphere is a bit childish, but still fun.

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The staff here is wonderful. Very friendly, available, and proficient. While the food is better than average, what makes me want to go back is the welcoming atmosphere and the people.

3
★★★★★

The staff here is wonderful. Very friendly, available, and proficient. While the food is better than average, what makes me want to go back is the welcoming atmosphere and the people.

Pros: staff, atmosphere

Cons: probably are some but I was too relaxed to notice

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Classy place, yummy food, and friendly service. What more could you want? If you like South American food, go there! And bring friends because it's not too crowded for you to stay for hours!

3
★★★★★

Classy place, yummy food, and friendly service. What more could you want? If you like South American food, go there! And bring friends because it's not too crowded for you to stay for hours!

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It's a lovely little place with lots of friendly and fun touches. The food is wonderful although one or two dishes were a bit too salty, but the flavors were amazing. The service was great and we were able to spend hours on a relatively

3
★★★★★

It's a lovely little place with lots of friendly and fun touches. The food is wonderful although one or two dishes were a bit too salty, but the flavors were amazing. The service was great and we were able to spend hours on a relatively

Pros: wonderful setting and service

Cons: occasionally salty food

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this place has great food! the service is more or less good, but every dish we got was so tasty. the ATUM: yellowfin tuna appetizer, and the red snapper dish and churrasco entree's were splendid. the wine recommendation was also exactly

3
★★★★★

this place has great food! the service is more or less good, but every dish we got was so tasty. the ATUM: yellowfin tuna appetizer, and the red snapper dish and churrasco entree's were splendid. the wine recommendation was also exactly

Pros: relaxing, great food, nice atmosphere

Cons: slow wait staff

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You will find fifth avenue quality at very reasonable prices at this place. We first tried Circus for lunch while working a couple of blocks south at Bloomberg Financial; eventually we migrated to work at Wall Street and could no longer

3
★★★★★

You will find fifth avenue quality at very reasonable prices at this place. We first tried Circus for lunch while working a couple of blocks south at Bloomberg Financial; eventually we migrated to work at Wall Street and could no longer

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Went to Circus on a Sunday night with family and friends! This resturant has a great atmosphere, spacious and nicely decorated. The food was amazing, had the octopus and chorizo entree and snapper ceviche, appetizer which was

3
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Went to Circus on a Sunday night with family and friends! This resturant has a great atmosphere, spacious and nicely decorated. The food was amazing, had the octopus and chorizo entree and snapper ceviche, appetizer which was

Pros: great food, highly attentive staff

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We came across this place after shopping at Bloomingdales. We tried to get into a couple other places that were packed and then came across this place which had room. We had no idea what to expect but were pleasantly surprised by the

3
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We came across this place after shopping at Bloomingdales. We tried to get into a couple other places that were packed and then came across this place which had room. We had no idea what to expect but were pleasantly surprised by the

Pros: food, waitstaff, ambience

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Went there in a group of 7. Very good drinks from the bar and the wine was good. The food was excellent. I had the mixed grill, the meat was marinated and grilled to perfection. The crab w/ coconut sauce was very good, too. Definitely will

3
★★★★★

Went there in a group of 7. Very good drinks from the bar and the wine was good. The food was excellent. I had the mixed grill, the meat was marinated and grilled to perfection. The crab w/ coconut sauce was very good, too. Definitely will

Pros: Food, Ambience, Service

Cons: Price

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I like the smaller portion size for dinner. The crab appetizer in coconut sauce was wonderful. Pork tenderloin and red snapper marinated in herbs and banana leaf were delicious. Great caipirinha. For dessert, had the chocolate cake with

3
★★★★★

I like the smaller portion size for dinner. The crab appetizer in coconut sauce was wonderful. Pork tenderloin and red snapper marinated in herbs and banana leaf were delicious. Great caipirinha. For dessert, had the chocolate cake with

Pros: food, service

Cons: slow when busy

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THE FOOD WAS EXCELLENT! It was a nice change from Italian restaurants, still similar in feel yet different at the same time. I recommend the "Mamao com camarao" salad with shrimp. During a weeknight, it wasn't crowded, but the servers

3
★★★★★

THE FOOD WAS EXCELLENT! It was a nice change from Italian restaurants, still similar in feel yet different at the same time. I recommend the "Mamao com camarao" salad with shrimp. During a weeknight, it wasn't crowded, but the servers

Pros: FOOD, scene

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Went there on the Friday night before Memorial Day. Place was kind of empty but I can imagine it was because everyone was out of town. The food was flavorful and excellent; the service outstanding. Our waiter actually recommended a

3
★★★★★

Went there on the Friday night before Memorial Day. Place was kind of empty but I can imagine it was because everyone was out of town. The food was flavorful and excellent; the service outstanding. Our waiter actually recommended a

Pros: Ambience, Service, Food

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Circus - a Brazilian restaurant on the Upper East Side is a delightful place. Right on Lexington Ave there is space for a couple of tables right on the sidewalk. The staff are friendly and pleasant, the food is different and cooked well

3
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Circus - a Brazilian restaurant on the Upper East Side is a delightful place. Right on Lexington Ave there is space for a couple of tables right on the sidewalk. The staff are friendly and pleasant, the food is different and cooked well

Pros: Atmosphere, Service, Lighting

Cons: , Limited Wine List, no parking

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This place was great to bring people from out of town. The food is unique and different and the decor is fabulous.

3
★★★★★

This place was great to bring people from out of town. The food is unique and different and the decor is fabulous.

Pros: Unique, Great Decor

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I went to dinner at Circus tonight. It's a nice mid-sized restaurant (though the American circus theme for a Brazilian restaurant is a little perplexing), attracting more sedate chic crowd. The food was very tasty, the wine list

3
★★★★★

I went to dinner at Circus tonight. It's a nice mid-sized restaurant (though the American circus theme for a Brazilian restaurant is a little perplexing), attracting more sedate chic crowd. The food was very tasty, the wine list

Pros: atmosphere

Cons: service

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The place is nice, food is good, given there are only 2 other brazilian restaurants in the city anyway, it is not very meaty, which is good, decent spread out menu, good food.. service was good when I was there.. worth a shot. nothing

3
★★★★★

The place is nice, food is good, given there are only 2 other brazilian restaurants in the city anyway, it is not very meaty, which is good, decent spread out menu, good food.. service was good when I was there.. worth a shot. nothing

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The name comes from the drawings of acrobats and tightrope walkers adorning the walls, and the circus theme shines through in the restaurant's festive flavor. There's no clown-car crowdedness, with plenty of room to…

 

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