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Upper East Side
Brazilian, Latin, South American
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132 E 61st St, New York City, NY 10065-9003
+1 212-223-2965
Mon - Tue 16:00 - 22:30
Mon - Sat 12:00 - 16:00
Wed - Sat 16:00 - 23:30
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Brooklyn, New York
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58 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 January 2016

please remove this from this list of recommended restaurants It has not been open for more than a year it is a pity because it offered good food and good prices in a neighborhood where that combination is rare

Thank ATINA157
New York City, New York
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89 reviews
77 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 September 2015

a real experience that is hard to find in other places even in new york city. the service was really on par.... i cannot love it enough!

Thank stephen l
White Plains, New York
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351 reviews
172 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 218 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 March 2015

We had a fabulous dinner with drinks and wine at this Brazilian restaurant. My husband and our friend ordered a beef dish with rice and black beans. His wife got a shrimp dish in a gourd with rice on the side. I ordered the steak over a bed of mashed potatoes. Everyone was very happy with their order. My prix... More 

Thank 911carolg
East Windsor, New Jersey
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153 reviews
70 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 August 2014

Met my daughter here for dinner and had a very pleasant evening. We both enjoyed the food and the staff were very helpful in explaining the dishes and options to us both. It was not very crowded for a Monday evening and I was able to actually find parking on the street one block over. The place is small, a... More 

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Newport, Rhode Island
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15 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 November 2013

Central location, cute cozy room and great food. What more could you ask for? Oddly, this place is not overwhelmed with diners, which was nice because we were a big party and felt very unhurried. The waitstaff was friendly and tolerant of our longish visit. We chose Circus because they had a res available for a big group on a... More 

Thank Roe O
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13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 November 2013

So my friend said to me..."hey! fancy some Brazilian for lunch..?" and we went into this restaurant..nothing short of fantastic. Waiter was knoledgeable about food & drinks,service was great and i tried a Caipirinha and then i tried another one...well i hadn't had one before..!!! I know there are lots of restaurants in New York but honestly give this one... More 

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Greeneville, Tennessee
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166 reviews
112 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 122 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 October 2013

Just noticed this restaurant when strolling the East Side... wonderful food, service was excellent and the caipirinahs were the best I've had in a long time ! Would certainly go back when in New York especially if I was needed some Brazilian style food & drink...

Thank HH922
Brandon, Florida
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300 reviews
217 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 134 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 September 2013

Went for dinner with group of friends. This is this beautiful, small restaurant. Decor was cute. Service was friendly. A good, reasonably priced meal. The food was excellent. We each selected different dishes and enjoyed them all. I would definitely dine there again.

Thank KrysiaK
San Francisco, CA
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100 reviews
73 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 91 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 July 2013 via mobile

Incredibly friendly and accommodating staff, wonderful room and great atmosphere, undone by meager portions of tasty food. Linguine and clams with four clams?? Otherwise the experience is good, a local hangout for the UE Siders, full bar, interesting food. Just don't expect them to be generous.

Thank Crabbus
Albany, New York
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4 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 June 2013

I have tried many Brazilian restaurants but this place was absolutely above and beyond. I had a pumpkin shrimp pie appetizer and it really melts in your mouth. would definitely recommend!

Thank carli r

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$31 - US$80
Brazilian, Latin, South American
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Waitstaff, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol
Open Hours
12:00 - 16:00
16:00 - 22:30
12:00 - 16:00
16:00 - 22:30
12:00 - 16:00
16:00 - 23:30
12:00 - 16:00
16:00 - 23:30
12:00 - 16:00
16:00 - 23:30
12:00 - 16:00
16:00 - 23:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 132 E 61st St, New York City, NY 10065-9003
  • Location: United States  >  New York (NY)  >  New York City>  > Upper East Side
  • Neighbourhood: Upper East Side
  • Phone Number: +1 212-223-2965
Circus Restaurant has been serving fine Brazilian cuisine for over 17 years. While the menu stays true to their family's recipes, there is a sophistication to each dish.

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

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Upper East Side
Combining quiet residential neighbourhoods that have easy access to Central Park with world-famous cultural institutions, the Upper East Side is one of the most livable places in the city. Along beautiful Fifth Avenue, you’ll find Museum Mile, which houses many of the nation's most famous attractions in a single stretch, like The Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Guggenheim Museum. Walk a few blocks into the neighbourhood, and you’ll come to Park Avenue, the poshest address in the city, lined with grand apartment buildings as far as the eye can see. Even if you can’t afford the luxury goods along Madison Avenue, it’s still a great spot to window shop an afternoon away.
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