The Legacy

It began with one man…

Over the years, monkeys, circus balls and tent shades have become symbolic representations of Le Cirque, but there is no doubt that Sirio Maccioni himself is the most iconic and recognizable feature of his restaurants.

In 1955 Sirio worked his way to New York City on a transatlantic cruise liner. He proceeded to dazzle everyone around  him with his charm and acumen for hospitality.  Working his way up through the ranks of the famed Colony Club, Sirio quickly became a maitre d’hotel I and began to develop an intimate understanding and high regard for the New York restaurant industry.

In a great leap of faith in 1974 Sirio opened what was destined to become a New York landmark – Le Cirque (literal French translation being “the circus” ) at the Mayfair Hotel. In 1997 due to its outstanding success, Le Cirque outgrew its original location and relocated  to a larger space in the New York Palace Hotel dubbed, Le Cirque 2000. By 2004, Le Cirque was an established New York City landmark and decided to transition the flagship location into the prestigious Bloomberg Building on East 58th Street and opened its doors in May of 2006.

Staying very much a family-owned business, all three of Sirio’s sons– Mario, Marco and Mauro– followed in their father’s footsteps and are heavily involved in the Maccioni Group’s multiple locations and sister restaurants. Even Sirio’s wife, Egidiana, can often be found overseeing the kitchen at our Tuscan inspired restaurant, Osteria del Circo.

Even more impressive than  the high profile and celebrity clientele thatbecame synonymous with Le Cirque, Sirio Maccioni has also helped to launch the careers of many illustrious chefs including, – Daniel Boulud, David Bouley, Terrance Brennan, Alain Sailhac, Rick Moonen, Jacques Torres, Sottha Khun, Sylvain Portay, Christophe Bellanca, Michael Lomonaco, Alain Allegretti, Pierre Schaedelin, Bill Telepan, Alex Stratta and Geoffrey Zakarian.

Over the years, monkeys, circus balls and tent shades have become symbolic representations of Le Cirque, but there is no doubt that Sirio Maccioni himself is the most iconic and recognizable feature of his restaurants.

In 1955 Sirio worked his way to New York City on a transatlantic cruise liner. He proceeded to dazzle everyone around  him with his charm and acumen for hospitality.  Working his way up through the ranks of the famed Colony Club, Sirio quickly became a maitre d’hotel I and began to develop an intimate understanding and high regard for the New York restaurant industry.

In a great leap of faith in 1974 Sirio opened what was destined to become a New York landmark – Le Cirque (literal French translation being “the circus” ) at the Mayfair Hotel. In 1997 due to its outstanding success, Le Cirque outgrew its original location and relocated  to a larger space in the New York Palace Hotel dubbed, Le Cirque 2000. By 2004, Le Cirque was an established New York City landmark and decided to transition the flagship location into the prestigious Bloomberg Building on East 58th Street and opened its doors in May of 2006.

Staying very much a family-owned business, all three of Sirio’s sons– Mario, Marco and Mauro– followed in their father’s footsteps and are heavily involved in the Maccioni Group’s multiple locations and sister restaurants. Even Sirio’s wife, Egidiana, can often be found overseeing the kitchen at our Tuscan inspired restaurant, Osteria del Circo.

Even more impressive than  the high profile and celebrity clientele thatbecame synonymous with Le Cirque, Sirio Maccioni has also helped to launch the careers of many illustrious chefs including, – Daniel Boulud, David Bouley, Terrance Brennan, Alain Sailhac, Rick Moonen, Jacques Torres, Sottha Khun, Sylvain Portay, Christophe Bellanca, Michael Lomonaco, Alain Allegretti, Pierre Schaedelin, Bill Telepan, Alex Stratta and Geoffrey Zakarian.