By  on February 28, 2008

Le Cirque is famous for serving up a bit of New York Past: Even in its newest location, in the Bloomberg building on East 58th Street, it harks back to a time when the dining room was packed with everyone from Frank Sinatra and Henry Kissinger to Ivana Trump, and when Woody Allen was turned away for not wearing a blazer.

But times have changed and even old stalwarts have to change with them. So come Saturday, Le Cirque is officially opening its revamped wine bar and cafe, where neither jackets, reservations nor a large checkbook are required to sample the $18 mini cheeseburgers or $16 croque monsieur on chef Christophe Bellanca's new cafe menu. (Main courses in the dining room hover in the $40 to $50 range.) Meanwhile, the sommeliers have paired the snacks with wines, beers and sakes, like a flight of Alsatian beers to go with a tarte flambé, or a sake flight with the hamachi sashimi.

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