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The Leopard at des Artistes
The Leopard at des Artistes

The Leopard at des Artistes Details

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Website: http://www.theleopardnyc.com
  • Phone: (212) 787-8767
  • 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 (888) 633-0963
  • 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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Diner Reviews
  • "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."
    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!"
    Dined on 7/27/2014
  • "Wonderful brunch during NYC Restaurant Week. Thought they offered good selections to sample their menu and everything was delicious."
    Dined on 7/27/2014
  • "We really enjoyed this relaxing, beautiful lunch. The "crepe" dessert was unique and delicious. A great find thanks to restaurant week."
    Dined on 7/26/2014
  • "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."
    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."
    Dined on 7/25/2014
  • "Went here before going to Lincoln Center. The staff was gracious and service excellent; we were not rushed. Beautiful presentation of food and food was delicious. Wine was reasonable. I can't wait to go back again!"
    Dined on 7/25/2014
  • "Great location and the setting is very peaceful. Food was delicious and timely. Service was excellent and uPbeat. Would eat here again perhaps for brunch this time."
    Dined on 7/24/2014
  • "My mom and I were 20 minutes early and asked the receptionist lady if we can be seated earlier because we needed to catch a train. She certainly made this happen which I greatly appreciated. The food was excellent and the bus boys and waiter were very kind. The chef even came out and said hello! After a stressful week, this is exactly what I needed. Most importantly, my mom loved everything about this place too."
    Dined on 7/24/2014
  • "B/B-.. Would definitely not spend the prices on the menu. Went only for restaurant week."
    Dined on 7/24/2014
  • "You'd never guess NYC was "empty" by the number of people at this restaurant on a thunder -storming weeknight in July. The food and service were excellent, and because we had a little wait for our table, the maître d' brought us a delicious dessert. Look forward to returning soon."
    Dined on 7/23/2014
  • "Every aspect of dining at The Leopard was truly outstanding. Our friends, and my husband and I, are very much looking forward to returning. Thank you very much for a great experience. Sincerely, Ruthann Manas"
    Dined on 7/23/2014
  • "Nice ambiance. Very good service. Went for restaurant week summer 2014. I loved the bread basket and olive oil. However, the food was just very ordinary. It was tasty, but nothing was prepared to maker say 'wow'. I was especially disappointed in the preparation of the Branzino. We didn't like the artichoke appetizer either. Won't be back. Btw, $19 for a glass of wine that goes for $10 a bottle?"
    Dined on 7/22/2014
  • "wonderful italian meal! superb agnolotti with summer truffles , my friend had the branzino and it was perfectly cooked , very generous portions for restaurant week service and the ambience was dreamy.. we will be back !"
    Dined on 7/22/2014
  • "Food and service were outstanding and the only fault with this place is the overpriced wine list--e.g., $15. for a small pour of Rose!"
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "The décor, atmosphere, and service are exquisite. The food involves modestly inventive takes on standards, but is carefully prepared and presented."
    Dined on 7/13/2014
  • "There is no shortage of Italian restaurants in NYC... but this place is pretty good! Good food, romantic ambiance, attentive service and excellent location are all highlights. Food: standard Italian fare, everything tasted fresh and has a few different dishes. Ambiance: romantic and laid-back with ample space and an interesting bar area. Service: very attentive yet gives you space and feels unrushed. Location: conveniently located near Central Park and also a few blocks from the Lincoln Center. Parking is a bit of a mission if you're driving in. Overall it was a great experience."
    Dined on 7/9/2014
  • "What a restaurant!!! From the moment that you walk in until the end, they really make you feel special!! We sat on the little mezzanine and it was great , but honestly all the tables are well positioned and spaced for nice and private conversation. Food? No joke! They don't play with presentation, just an amazing real Italian flavor!! The pasta was outstanding!! True Italian touch! Our server also was amazing! Smiling and always one step ahead! Great wine list with little jewels of Italy that you need to discover!! If you don't know a lot about wine, ask the sommelier & he will guide you all around those Italian wines with no problem. Really happy to see the old cafe' going to the right direction and we can't wait to go back!!"
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "Terrific food, beautiful setting, attentive and congenial service made for an excellent pre-Lincoln Center dining experience. Way less stuffy than its ancestor."
    Dined on 6/26/2014
  • "The sister restaurant to Il Gatapardo and even sharing some of the same staff..The Leopard is excitingly in all phases of the experience. Went before a 7:30 NY Philarmonic performance. Greeted by pleasant staff and a very personable waiter. Split a portion of carbonara and happy to see it was in the true Italian style and not infused with cream the way so many Americanized Italian " style" restaraunts offer. The egg provides the cream like texture...I had the veal Milanese ..pan grilled not fried and my wife had the Dover sole simply prepared with olive oil and herbs..by the way deboned table side in true artistic fashion. By the way the original murals from Cafe des Artists were preserved and make a great showing. Only steps away from LC!"
    Dined on 6/25/2014
  • "I can't say enough good things about this restaurant. The service, the food, even the fact that no one has to sit facing an uninteresting wall - all are first rate!"
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "Restaurant was beautiful with murals and tasteful decor. Italian waitstaff were very attentive. Food was amazing from the complimentary ricotta/rice balls to the salads and main courses. Presentation of the ribeye for 2, bone-in, prepared tableside was wonderful. Homemade profiteroles with vanilla gelato were a perfect finishing touch for the table to share."
    Dined on 6/16/2014
  • "Wonderful Ambiance and Excellent Service. Tables tastefully presented, ample room between tables which allowed for conversation. Food very good, attractively served and appropriately hot or cold depending on what was ordered. Definitely worth a visit if you have never been and a return trip if you have."
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "This place is quickly becoming my favorite place in the neighborhood to walk to for a fine dinner. The food is excellent, the service attentive and the overall experience consistently good. And as a bonus, there's the byob Sundays, which is an excellent way to enjoy fantastic food with wine from your own collection or local store."
    Dined on 6/13/2014
  • "Tables are well spaced. Wait staff attentive and not cloying. Good food selections. Reservation time was honored."
    Dined on 6/11/2014
  • "For lunch the chicken salad has bones, fat and the skin still on the chicken amongst flimsy greens. The burger had a strange taste & was hard to chew in places & normal in others. The pasta pomidoro had no flavor and a waste to consume the calories. "
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "We decided to go last minute, since we were going to Lincoln Center. So happy we did. Beautiful place, excellent food and great service! They got us out in more than enough time for our show, too.I'd go back in a heart beat!"
    Dined on 6/4/2014
  • "The old Café des Artistes has been updated and the ambiance has been tweaked to a more modern vibe. The Christie murals are still a gem. We found the food refined and well-executed. The swordfish in particular was memorable. The gracious service from first arrival to solicitous wait staff was outstanding. This a place that you just don't like leaving and would like to linger. Recommended!"
    Dined on 6/4/2014
  • " The Leopard provides a delightful venue and exceptional service. The waitstaff is exceedingly attentive without being intrusive, and very knowledgeable about the food and wine. The menu, with original variants of some well-known Italian dishes, provides a slightly uneven dining experience. The bread, salads and appetizers were excellent; entrees and desserts were somewhat less successful. The meatloaf, ordered out of curiosity, was stated by the waiter to be their "special signature dish". In fact, it really was like most meatloaf, no better or worse. We had a relaxed, very enjoyable dinner, but if the ambiance and service hadn't been so exceptional, we would have considered the dinner somewhat overpriced and less than memorable."
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "Swordfish was amazing. Service was excellent. Great spot to go before or after seeing a performance at Lincoln Center. "
    Dined on 5/30/2014
  • "Looks like the old Cafe des Artistes but with a more diverse crowd. Food was good although very traditional. "
    Dined on 5/29/2014
  • "Food was delicious and service was perfect. Very comfortable-- and, oh, those murals!"
    Dined on 5/27/2014
  • "This was a very quaint romantic hidden gem. We decoed to eat herr because we had a ballet to attend. The staff was super attentive ad brought food out quickly. We ran out of time due to short time frame,but we will go back! Evetyhing was delicious and prepared just right!! Very sad we missed thr dessert course. Ambience beautiful. We sat in a very romantic corner of the restaurant as we heard a famous person regularly visits and sits at the table chose! "
    Dined on 5/24/2014
  • "The Leopard is a very special place in a fantastic location. The subtle, stylish and refined atmosphere is matched by the warmth of the staff, courteous but not stuffy. We had dinner here with friends on a Saturday night after a film location trip to NY and our two 10 year old children were as delighted with their fare as the grown ups. This is very fine italian dining, seared scallops were so delicious, it would be worth coming back just for those. My favourite restaurant in New York by far, I hope to come back many times, a wonderful place for a romantic dinner or a family occasion but though child friendly, it is such a serene and stylish place I would not impose a screaming or messy toddler on other diners personally.."
    Dined on 5/24/2014
  • "We've been to this restaurant many times and every time it delivers fine food, good wine, wonderful service. The food is authentic Italian, not Italian-American, and we just love it. We've recommended it to all of our friends."
    Dined on 5/24/2014
  • "The noise level was much to loud for us to enjoy our food. We could not speak to each other and finally went to a park bench for quiet. "
    Dined on 5/21/2014
  • "We always dined at Cafe de Artistes for many years with the wonderful murals. We have been here once of lunch and this time for dinner. They have an excellent pre theater dinner . The food and service was excellent. The pairings of good were unreal. This is a great addition in a wonderful location "
    Dined on 5/21/2014
  • "I wish NY had more restaurants that had a no corkage policy. The Leopard has a fabulous no corkage Sunday - bring your best wines and pair it with their amazing food. Everything we had was delicious. Lentil soup, sardines, fresh buffalo mozzarella, pasta, chicken and pork chops. The fish was deboned table side and the food was cooked perfectly. The only critique was the sardine flatbread was not exactly how it was described on the menu but still yummy! Our waiter was superb. We can't wait to go back. "
    Dined on 5/18/2014
  • "The murals remain marvels from the old days and the brunch was as good as it gets. The menu is both challenging with new creations while still featuring tried and true brunch items, but better prepared and lighter than at other restaurants. I risked cholesterol overdosing by trying the eggs benedict and was surprised at the light touch in the Hollandaise--no glop or overkill here, just a delightful small amount of tasty, lemony sauce on the perfectly poached eggs served over toast rather than the usual English muffins. We shall return to try the dinners."
    Dined on 5/18/2014
  • "I loved this restaurant. We went after a performance at Lincoln Center and had the most charming experience. The server was very attentive and extremely knowledgeable about the food. And the food was outstanding. I'll be back for a post theater experience!"
    Dined on 5/17/2014