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Le Cirque

This sumptuous restaurant, a branch of the New York City landmark, remains one of the city's true temples of haute cuisine, despite increased heavy-hitting competition. The mahogany-lined room is all the more opulent for its size: in a city of mega-everything, Le Cirque seats only 80 under its drooping silk-tent ceiling.

The menu offers a prix-fixe option or dining a la carte, while the wine cellar contains about 900 selections representing the major wine-producing regions of the world.