This is Monaco Week In New York.

17 02 2016
Inside Les Ballets de Monte-CarloChris Roelandt, backstage (2011)(C) A. Blangero

Inside Les Ballets de Monte-CarloChris Roelandt, backstage (2011)(C) A. Blangero

It’s Monaco Week in New York. It’s a principality. It’s a microstate. With 38,000 souls its population is smaller than most neighborhoods in New York but it’s a fantastic destination, hidden in plain sight — a beautiful Mediterranean harbor and surrounding city  climbing up on surrounding hills. You remember Grace Kelly married into royalty here. You think if you don’t have a yacht you are not welcome.

Nothing could be further from the truth. Monaco can be experienced on just about any budget and it punches way beyond its weight in culture and cuisine. This is your week to experience what Monegasques know: Monaco is an easy to get to, exotic European getaway you’ll be the first in your Facebook feed to boast about. Learn more about Monaco this week when “Monaco Takes New York.” Here’s the official release:

Cinderella at New York City Center
Led by talented director-choreographer Jean-Christophe Maillot, Les Ballets de Monte-Carlo performs its mesmerizing modern rendition of Prokoviev’s Cinderella at New York City Center:

Thursday, February 18 – 8:00 pm
Friday, February 19 – 8:00 pm
Saturday, February 20 – 2:00 pm and 8:00 pm
Individual tickets are now on sale at the theater box office at 131 West 55th Street, by phone at City Tix on (212) 581 1212 or online atwww.nycitycenter.org.

On Thursday, February 18, Cartier and the Consulate General of Monaco co-host an opening night VIP experience featuring tickets to

Flavors of MonacoCinderella followed by an exclusive cocktail reception under the patronage of Monaco’s Ambassador to the United States. Guests can mingle with members of Les Ballets’ company and feast on organic treats prepared by Monaco’s Chef Paolo Sari. The Opening Night Experience package is $300 per person and may be purchased online atwww.monaco-nyc.com. Space is extremely limited. Proceeds to benefit Les Ballets de Monte-Carlo.

Between Monday, February 15 and Saturday, February 20, Circo and sister-restaurant Le Cirque will partner with Monte-Carlo SBM to host Chef Paolo Sari, Executive Chef of the Monte-Carlo Beach whose restaurant, Elsa, is the world’s only 100% organic Michelin-starred restaurant.

Chef Sari will apply his innovative and avant-garde farm-to-table style to create the week’s prix-fixe 100% organic menus – lunch and dinner at Circo; 6-course degustation dinner only at Le Cirque.

Circo, 120 West 55th Street, (212) 286 3636,reservations@circonyc.com, www.circonyc.com

Le Cirque, 151 East 58th Street, (212) 644 0202,reservations@lecirque.com, www.lecirque.com

Photo: Inside Les Ballets de Monte-Carlo (C) A. Blangero

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