Monaco sparkles with classy casinos, yacht-lined harbors and a series of motor races like the iconic Formula 1 Grand Prix.
Monte Carlo’s Belle Epoque opera house and deluxe hotels are at the heart of what attracts some 11 million visitors a year to this 499-acre principality. So it's no wonder that New Yorkers are welcoming the opportunity to experience Monaco without ever having to leave the city, February 15-21.
Monaco's dazzling Port Hercule — Photo courtesy of Thomas Abreu Photography
Cartier and the Consulate General of Monaco will co-host a performance of Les Ballets de Monte-Carlo tiptoeing its way through Cinderella while star chef Paolo Sari sprinkles the stardust of Mediterranean cuisine over menus at the legendary Osteria del Circo and Le Cirque restaurants.
A companion exhibit at Christie’s at Rockefeller Center (Lobby Gallery), featuring 20 photographs by Monaco-born Alice Blangero on exhibit for the first time in the U.S., takes viewers behind-the-scenes and inside Les Ballets de Monte-Carlo as she captures the most intimate moments of the company’s work.
Here are 10 reasons to stake out your best venue for a post-Valentine ballet + dinner package, featuring the Flavors of Monaco at Osteria del Circo and an orchestra seat at Cinderella showcasing the dazzling Les Ballets de Monte-Carlo.
1. Once-in-a-lifetime opportunity
Les Ballets de Monte-Carlo delights dance lovers with new production of Cinderella — Photo courtesy of Alice Blangero
2. Get inspired to see the real thing
Yacht show in Monaco — Photo courtesy of Monaco Press Centre Photos
Rendezvous with Monaco 360 for a virtual tour of all you need to know to book your trip to the real Monaco, from its posh Mediterranean resorts and casinos to its famed Oceanographic Museum, the Princely Palace and a stroll along the elegant yacht-lined Port Hercules – without breaking the bank.
3. Free sneak peeks
Les Ballets de Monte-Carlo pas de deux — Photo courtesy of Alice Blangero
Visit the free exhibit Inside Les Ballets de Monte-Carlo at Christie’s Rockefeller Center (Lobby Gallery), 20 Rockefeller Plaza (at West 49th Street).
Discover behind-the-scenes secrets of dancers waiting in the wings during a performance or during everyday rehearsals. On view from Wednesday through Sunday, February 17-21 (Wed.-Sat.: 10:00 am-5:00 pm / Sun: 1:00 pm-5:00 pm). Free, open to the public.
4. Delicious Monégasque fresh market fare
Visiting chef shares all-organic Monegasque cuisine with New Yorkers — Photo courtesy of © Monte-Carlo SBM
Flavors of Monaco will feature a “menu du marché” based on the culinary influences of southern France and Italy with locally-sourced products from the Northeast U.S. for a seasonal flair. All ingredients will be plucked from American local organic farms or fished from open waters.
5. Get your happily ever after
Kiss before the clock strikes midnight, Les Ballets de Monte-Carlo — Photo courtesy of MLBriane
Enjoy a stunning performance of Cinderella by Les Ballets de Monte-Carlo accompanied by a private cocktail reception featuring organic delights by Chef Paolo Sari. You'll be able to chat with Les Ballet company members and revel in your VIP (very-important-prince/princess) experience.
6. Culture at your fingertips
Les Ballets de Monte-Carlo inspired Monaco-born photographer Alice Blangero to discover ballet as an artistic medium that portrays emotion in a perfect alliance with her own passion for her work. See her work up close.
On exhibit for the first time in the U.S. will be 20 photographs by Blangero that take you Inside Les Ballets de Monte-Carlo as she captures the innermost moments of the dancers’ lives: waiting in the wings during a performance, or during everyday rehearsals.
7. Become a patron of the arts
Limited edition prints signed by Blangero will be available for purchase through the Consulate General of Monaco with proceeds benefiting Les Ballets de Monte-Carlo.
8. Enjoy the cuisine of an award-winning chef
Venice-born Paolo Sari will be in New York — Photo courtesy of © Monte-Carlo SBM
On loan from Monaco’s luxury hotel group, the Monte-Carlo SBM, is Venice-born Executive Chef Paolo Sari of Monte-Carlo Beach. His culinary artistry has already transformed the hotel’s restaurant, Elsa into the world’s only 100% organic Michelin-starred restaurant.
9. Experience the Monégasque lifestyle first-hand
The menu for Flavors of Monaco features flair and fish — Photo courtesy of © Monte-Carlo SBM
Taste the avant-garde farm-to-table prix-fixe menus Chef Sari has brought to the Maccioni family’s landmark eateries: lunch and dinner at Osteria del Circo, or dinner only at Le Cirque with a five-course tasting menu.
10. Excitement and glamour without the travel fees
McLaren in Monaco Casino Square — Photo courtesy of Benjamin Vergely
The week-long celebration of the Principality will showcase the best of Monaco: Les Ballets de Monte-Carlo at New York City Center, and its all-organic Monegasque cuisine at the famed Osteria del Circo right across the street from the theater – without ever having to pack luggage or board a plane.
The only better place to see all of this is in, where else? Monaco.