The Leopard at des Artistes
The Leopard at des Artistes

The Leopard at des Artistes

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Website: http://www.theleopardnyc.com/
  • Phone: 2127878767
  • Hours of Operation:
    Dinner: Monday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:30pm,

    Dinner Sunday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm

    Brunch: Saturday - Sunday: 11:30am - 3:00pm;
  • Payment Options: AMEX,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian
  • Executive Chef: Vito Gnazzo
  • Dress Code: Jacket Preferred
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Delivery, Entertainment, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Private Room, Smoking Area, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Catering: The Leopard Catering Department is highly personalized, and offer a full fine dining off-site service for business and private customers, many Italian establishments as well as American ones.
  • Private Party Facilities: The Leopard event department caters to many, Italian and American, cultural and governmental institutions, art galleries, fashion establishments, as well as private patrons.
  • Private Party Contact: Gianfranco Sorrentino 8886330963
  • Entertainment:

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Central Park West & Columbus Ave
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: W 65 St GARAGE
    27 W 65th St // Central Park West & Columbus // (212) 249-8342

    2 LINCOLN PARKING LLC.
    60 West 66th Street // Central Park West & Columbus // (212) 874-8639
A word from The Leopard at des Artistes
Located in the New York landmarked Hotel Des Artistes, and surrounded by the astonishing 1920s murals by Howard Chandler Christy, THE LEOPARD at des Artistes finds its roots in the area once known as “The Kingdom of the Two Sicilies” (mid 1800s) and in the culinary traditions of the regions of Campania, Basilicata, Calabria, Apulia, Sardinia, and of course Sicily, reaching a balance between dishes based on rural elements, such as pasta, vegetables, cheese, and seafood ingredients from the Costiera.
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The Leopard at des Artistes reviews from OpenTable diners
199 reviews since May 1, 2014
Overall Rating4.3
  • Food4.3
    Service4.5
  • Ambiance4.4
    Noise LevelModerate
94% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
romantic (122)special occasion (116)neighborhood gem (100)fit for foodies (97)notable wine list (37)great for brunch (34)great for lunch (25)good for groups (15)late-night find (15)scenic view (7)hot spot (5)kid-friendly (3)vibrant bar scene (2)great for outdoor dining (2)Show More
  • Dinner was fabulous!
    Denise
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    The restaurant is beautiful, Service fabulous and the food is delicious!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent meet and greet .
    lv2eat
    Dined on 8/18/2014
    My 99 yrs guess arrived 30 mins before opening . Staff was in the middle of setting up and the gladly showed her a comfortable seat . Upon my arrival we were given a lovely corner table as I requested . Our Captain was warm and very funny friendly . We stayed for 3 hours and was not rushed . Food well prepared and served on time . All in all we had an excellent evening .
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Elegant Dining
    FineDiner3
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    My husband and I thoroughly enjoyed Leopard at des Artistes. We received very good service and the food was great. We each had the veal marsala as an entre and I had the lentil soup (served piping hot!) We were also given two appetizer tastings that were compliments of the house. The desert was delicious. I had the berries in "soup." and my husband had the cake and coffee ice cream. The only thing we were surprised at was when the waiter didn't refill our wine glasses in a timely manner. He'd kept the bottle toward the back in an ice bucket so it wasn't near us. The wall decor filled with wonderful paintings was quite lovely. I would definitely go back with my girl friends for lunch as well. It reminded me of the Carlyle Room..very elegant!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not sure
    Esq54VIP
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    I went in thinking that I would have a great meal. From all I heard the food was very good. Perhaps it was because I ordered the Restaurant Week meal, or perhaps it was because it was just two women dining, but the service was rushed the food was ok. I don't think I would rush back. There are many other great restaurants in the area.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • yumyumVIP
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    Too noisy - was Restaurant Week for a 7 pm reservation--couldn't have a conversation.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Old world New York
    CB12
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    The Leopard is a throwback to an old New York "fine" dining experience: pretty good food in a special room--those incredible murals!--with strangely lugubrious service. Authentic Sicilian food was very good, but not really modern in any sense. Wait service was amateurish, but friendly--a little too familiar at times. We went for Restaurant Week dinner and it was a good value. Excellent eggplant/artichoke parmigiana appetizer, good stuffed calamari appetizer. Good branzino and good veal scaloppini mains. Wine offerings by the glass were good Italians, but not Sicilian.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, romantic
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very Tasty Food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2004VIP
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    Having not been to the restaurant in many years, I have now been there twice within the past four weeks. The food is very good, as is the ambience. Last night, I had a corner table that faced one of the Chandler murals - so romantic and pretty. It's not cheap but a comfortable venue for a good dinner in pleasant surroundings. Do not sit by the bar, you will not be able to hear yourself think.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Restaurant Week find
    Princess
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    The food was perfect, especially for a Restaurant Week menu, which sometimes can be inconsistent or skimpy in other places. Dreamy desserts. Addition of (not great) amuses-bouches and cookies. The noise level is bad. And we were seated at the worst table in the place (next to the entrance to kitchen) Even tho we arrived on the dot and had reserved FIVE weeks ahead, and there was another table free (marginally better). I knew they had kept the famous murals from original Cafe des Artistes but otherwise renovated, and indeed they've lost the intimate charm of the place..I guess to put in enough tables to survive. But the food is better than ever, perhaps the best in my neighborhood, unless I change my mind about Picholine or Ouest.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A bit of NY history
    ElisendaVIP
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    Went with friends during Restaurant Week and very much enjoyed the menu items, the stuffed calamari, branzino and veal piccata were all delicious as were the creme brulee and fruit soup for dessert. The service was pleasant and attentive, our server recommended an excellent bottle of Italian white wine that went well with the food. It was a bit noisy as the restaurant was full. Having known and loved the old Cafe des Artistes I am glad the new decor has preserved the historic ambiance and the mural paintings.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • After 25 years
    JaderoUno
    Dined on 8/11/2014
    Returning to the restaurant at Des Artistes for our 25th Anniversary was very enjoyable, totally befitting the occasion. The Leopard was packed on a Monday night in the summer, which surprised me a bit, but not once we had been seated. We happened to hit during Restaurant Week, so that both the choice and value in our dinners was superb. The service was outstanding and courteous, way outpacing the competition. Every course was delicious and there was no one rushing to take the plates before we were actually ready. I don't think we will be waiting so long to return, for there is always a reason to treat oneself to a marvelous dinner.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fine Dining on the Upper West Side
    diniVIP
    Dined on 8/11/2014
    If you want a romantic setting, fine food and excellent service, The Leopard is the place to be. Everything here bespeaks a quiet formality without the stuffiness. The old murals from Cafe des Artistes still hold sway, and the ambiance transports you across the sea. Bon appetit!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lovely
    EBG1VIP
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    Great service and beautiful atmosphere with fabulous food ...what more could you want!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • So happy we came...
    pelican
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    We had our 15th anniversary dinner here and it was wonderful. We made the reservation last minute and we were even able to take advantage of Restaurant Week. We frequent the city and have been to many restaurants, and must say we will be back here. Our server, was delightful...professional yet friendly. I forgot her name, blonde with an accent (sorry)......
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • NY classic
    FoodieVIP
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    One of the few old NY restaurants still around. Have not been in the space since Cafe Des Artistes, the murals and atmosphere still very romantic. Food is solid expensive Italian. Nothing new wave about the food, but solid classic and left feeling like we had stepped back in time in civilized dining. Service was excellent and good wine list of Italian wines at reasonable prices.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Everything was delicious
    JimDandyVIP
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    Three of us went for restaurant week, and we were all thrilled with our meal. And the service was also impeccable. Add to that a magnificent ambience, and you have a memorable meal all around.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great experience
    SuenanVIP
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    Wonderful experience. Service was efficient but not stifling. Food choices were varied. Each meal was excellent.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, hot spot, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Still a wonderful venue!
    travelannVIP
    Dined on 8/6/2014
    This beautiful restaurant provided a memorable dining experience. Our group of 6 was seated in a cozy corner away from the vibrant crowd. Food and service were excellent, and the Restaurant Week menu was a great choice even though regular menu pricing is reasonable for the area. And the bar drinks were extremely well made and tasty.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent Restaurant Month Dinner
    manhattanite
    Dined on 8/5/2014
    We picked The Leopard at des Artistes from among many Restaurant Month alternatives and were delighted with every aspect of the meal. The prix fixe choices were varied and tempting - we chose artichokes, veal picatta and a chocolate cake - and each was excellent. The service was perfect and the sommelier suggested a good and reasonably priced wine. The ambience was quiet and unrushed, even though the restaurant was full. Having dined often a the old Cafe des Artistes, we were glad to see that The Leopard is just as wonderful. Bravo!
    Special Features:
    scenic view, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fine Dining
    stan
    Dined on 8/4/2014
    What a nice meal we had during Restaurant Week Summer 2014. The artichoke, mozzarella, tomato appetizer was an unexpected treat -- we thought it was going to be that rather tired cold app, but instead it was a hot casserole. The Snapper was excellent, but the veal was not very tender. The best surprise was the dessert -- not a deconstruction in sight. A creme brulee which was just about right and a slice of chocolate cake with ice cream that was sweet and rich. Good Job
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Sal77
    Dined on 8/4/2014
    The branzino on the Restaurant Week offerings was very good, veal not so. Service was attentive.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Style is a difference
    DutchGourmand
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    A personal welcome and a nice table are always a great start. The classic Italian dishes were well prepared and very tasteful. The staf was very professional a attentive. No flashy interior, although the murals are quite striking. Apparently these qualifications attract a nice clientele. I think this will be one of my new favorite restaurants in NYC.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    decent, so-so menu for restaurant week, nothing 'wow' about the experience, the food or the service. we were shown a table by the register service station with servers hanging over us the entire meal, not pleasant.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Excellent
    Foodlover
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    Went to this restaurant for dinner to taste the Restaurant Week menu, the food is excellent with high quality and very delicious. It is definitely worthy price. Recommending this restaurant.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Disappoinitng
    misstheclassicsVIP
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    First visit since it changed from Cafe des Artistes. Asked for quiet table -- originally taken to a front (noisy) table. On request moved to another - near bat; not quire as noisy, but not quiet. Restaurant week choices limited and "strange" Did not like most offers even on regular menu. Most had a food item or flavor I do not like or prefer not to eat. Food otherwise O.K. but not outstanding. Did not like as Cafe des Artistes and no better now - don't know if under same management or chef. See no reason to return or recommend. The three others felt pretty much the same about the food.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Leopard for dinner
    Petespicks
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    The restaurant has wonderful history. It was great to be back. Soooo many wonderful memories!
    Special Features:
    special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • My favorite of all time.
    jennette
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    I found out about this place because my nickname was Leopard. And I fell in love! You can come here 30 minutes earlier and just walk around the central park area (or just sit...) with your loved ones! Food is amazing. AMAZING! Service is great. I was never disappointed or unsatisfied here. This is my fav restaurant of all time.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, scenic view, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • excellent
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    I was very pleased with my artichoke based appetizer and delicate branzino; the wine recommendation was superb and the effort to accommodate the seating arrangement to make more space was a great gesture.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    The food was delicious and the service was incredible, from the maître d, to the waiter, to the bus boys and food runner. It was a very enjoyable night.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Restaurant Week
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    Unlike many restaurant week menus, there were three varied options for each of the courses, and though our table of 4 was not initially committed to the 3 course concept, we all ordered from the menu and thoroughly enjoyed our meal from beginning to end. The service was also impeccable: from the warm welcome when we arrived, to the wine tastings to assist in our selections, to the hand delivery of a forgotten item half way down the street.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Disappointing Restaurant Week
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIP
    Dined on 7/30/2014
    We went for restaurant week dinner. The calamari was good, as was the creme brulee. The branzino was the best dish of the night, although a little small. However, everything else lacked flavor and felt like cruise-ship food. I realize it's restaurant week, and it was an incredible value compared with their regular prices. However most of our party ate only a portion of the meal. The service was impeccable and we wanted to like it, but really did not enjoy the food and will not be returning.
    Special Features:
    romantic
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Best Neighborhood Restaurant
    livinginnyc
    Dined on 7/29/2014
    Been there numerous times and have always had a wonderful time. Seating is best at the window, but overall, anywhere is fine. The menu is varied enough to please anyone. Service is outstanding, always there with water, bread, asking how things are, if you need anything and very friendly. Very interesting wine list. They started a Sunday, BYOB, and certainly makes for a fun evening. Anyone I have recommended this restaurant to has had a very positive experience.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Wonderful and great staff!
    hxm210
    Dined on 7/29/2014
    We went during Restaurant week and we were treated like VIP's. Staff was attentive, food was very tasteful and delicious plus they treated us with extra appetizers and biscotti 's for dessert. Servings were generous and fresh. I will look forward for future visits.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • GREAT EXPERIENCE!
    Ciao
    Dined on 7/29/2014
    Had the octopus appetizer which was really tasty and refreshing, the homemade pasta with Lamb ragu, melts in your mouth and the panna cotta for desert was divine!! The waitstaff couldn't have been nicer and more helpful!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Superb
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012VIP
    Dined on 7/28/2014
    Another divine meal at The Leopard. The only reason we stopped eating occasionally was to tell anyone who got near us-- a manager, our waitress, busboys-- how fantastic the food was. OK, they already knew, but we had to celebrate it. If you go there during Restaurant Week be sure and begin with the artichoke alla Parmigiana-- heaven! so savory!-- then have the pasta, the agnolotti with truffles, and for dessert the torta caprese. They offer exemplary Italian wines and you can finish off a memorable evening with a grappa and espresso. Who could ask for anything more?
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • ihatenicknamesVIP
    Dined on 7/27/2014
    Restaurant week gave me the opportunity to try this superb restaurant. I don't know what to praise first. Now that I've eaten here, I won't let the 4-$ in Open Table scare me away. I will be back. They have a pre-theater special dinner, which, if it is even "almost" as good as the restaurant-week dinner, it will be fabulous. And then there is Sunday evening free-corkage IF you order from the regular menu, which considering the generous portions, allows for shared dishes. I may make excuses to be in the area just to eat here.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great experience!
    AnnaS
    Dined on 7/27/2014
    My husband and I enjoyed our early after theater dinner very much. It's a beautiful place to dine in!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 7/27/2014
    Wonderful brunch during NYC Restaurant Week. Thought they offered good selections to sample their menu and everything was delicious.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Classy classic chic
    affamee
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    We really enjoyed this relaxing, beautiful lunch. The "crepe" dessert was unique and delicious. A great find thanks to restaurant week.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Disappointment
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    My boyfriend and I attended on a Friday night. I declined to check my bag because I had my work laptop and many checks in it. The hostess gave me major attitude. Our server seemed to be in a bad mood. I thought the food was mediocre. My boyfriend described it as good but not great. Will not be back.
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  • Pricy
    AxelVIP
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    Beautiful setting with painted murals and attentive, white gloved servers. Food very good and dessert portions generous. Just very expensive ... You don't need to spend so much in this town for a great meal.
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    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate