The Leopard at des Artistes

4.5
1350 reviews
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$50 and over
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Italian
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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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Delivery or takeout
Dining Style
Fine Dining
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Cuisines
Italian
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Hours of operation
Dinner: Monday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 11pm,

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

Brunch: Saturday - Sunday: 11:30am - 3:00pm;
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Phone number
(212) 787-8767
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Payment options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Business Casual
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Executive chef
VITO GNAZZO
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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.
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Central Park West & Columbus Ave
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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
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Entertainment
LIVE JAZZ BRUNCH
SAT and SUN 11:30am - 3PM
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Special events & promotions
IL GATTOPARDO CATERING runs a highly personalized catering department, which serves many local and international clients, from governmental institutions, finance and corporate worlds, to the arts, fashion houses, and, of course private affairs. A variety of special menus is carved to meet the unique profile of each individual event, as well as rental, special decor, floral arrangements, and printed needs. Distinct spaces available, including full buyouts. Our three restaurants - the flagship space IL GATTOPARDO, the rustic Italian enoteca MOZZARELLA & VINO, and the romantic NYC landmark THE LEOPARD at des Artistes - are dedicated to serving the highest quality authentic Italian cuisine, served with warm, professional hospitality.
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Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 1350 People Are Saying
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4.4
food
4.5
service
4.6
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4.0
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2.0Dined 3 days ago

(1) Noise was all but deafening
(2) Restaurant appeared elegant; however clientele were in some cases dressed for the beach: shorts, baseball hats (backward), inappropriate
(3) Entree (swordfish) was OK; however peas were surely canned and grey in color
(4) Outrageous price for 2 cocktails (one each); $17. each. Martini was “rough” vodka, not the brand requested, and contained a full glass of ice, thus dilute.
(5) At one time this restaurant was one of New York’s finest. Will not return there; it’s off the list.

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5.0Dined 3 days ago

It was great place to enjoy the Sunday brunch with jazz music

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5.0Dined 4 days ago

Good, but the lack of Michelin stars is there for a reason

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3.0Dined 5 days ago

My wife and I went to the Leopard for NYC restaurant week which we usually try to avoid, however we wanted to try the restaurant as it has a lot of history. The food was good but vastly over seasoned (salt), on the positive side they had items from their regular menu and not substitutes. However there are a vast number of restaurants in NYC that are a better deal.

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5.0Dined 5 days ago

The experience was wonder.Excellent food, Great atmosphere . I will definitely recommend it to friends and family.

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5.0Dined 5 days ago

Outstanding service and food. Wonderful environment. Delightful!

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5.0Dined 6 days ago

The Leopard features authentic Italian food served by professional and friendly staff in a beautiful setting. Truly a wonderful restaurant, a standout in a city full of very good to excellent Italian restaurants. My linguine with clams transported me to the Isle of Capri.

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3.0Dined 6 days ago

The food is mediocre. It certainly doesn't compare in quality to the previous Cafe des Artistes. I could have had a better Halibut at a corner restaurant. It was dry and without any real taste. Perhaps I should have ordered something else. The frescoes and the ambiance are great, but that can only carry you so far. Disappointing.

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3.0Dined 7 days ago

I was seriously disappointed. The salad did not seem fresh and, despite an appealing melange, was rather dull in taste.
The risotto was gummy and the sauce, mixed with tiny bits of seafood, was also dull.

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5.0Dined on August 6, 2018

Had dinner during restaurant week. The menu was varied and there were enough good dishes to choice from for each course. The ambiance was lovely. The restaurant has beautiful art work and lovely table settings. The service is outstanding. Our waiter was exceptional. Each course was served very professionally. You knew you were in a quality restaurant. I would go back during the year for the regular menu. I great dining experience!

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3.0Dined on August 5, 2018

The atmosphere and murals are peerless. We were there for a birthday brunch. The food was mediocre and the portions small. The topper was the special soup on a one-hundred-degree August day,hot lentil! Was anybody on the job?

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5.0Dined on August 3, 2018

My review is simple: GO HAVE A MEAL HERE! Everything was perfect...the food, the wine and the service.

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5.0Dined on August 1, 2018

I hadn't done restaurant week in many years but when I saw the menu I had to try it. WOW, it was great.

I ordered a wine they were serving as a special by the glass without asking the price. The waiter told me that it would be $30 per glass before pouring. This was fine with me but I really really appreciated that he told me.

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5.0Dined on July 29, 2018

I have been to The Leopard many times for brunch, and have always enjoyed the occasion. It is one of the few UWS restaurants where the noise level is sufficiently low so as to permit easy conversation. On my last visit, the waiter was extremely considerate in permitting me and my guest more than ample time to chat, without any pressure to conclude our meal. That meal, as usual, was good; the setting was beautiful; and the live music was tasteful and unobtrusive.

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5.0Dined on July 25, 2018

We had a wonderful meal. I especially enjoyed the trout.

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3.0Dined on July 25, 2018

The Leopard is very attractive. However, the food was very disappointing. The Veal Tunata was like shoe leather and the fish was so full of vinegar that i had an upset stomach when i left. The Granite didn't look vaguely like the granite from Sicily.

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5.0Dined on July 25, 2018

excellent restaurant with great food . loved restaurant week

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5.0Dined on July 25, 2018

Fabulous service, food and wine selection ❤️🍀👍🏻

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3.0Dined on July 24, 2018

We were early catching what we thought was a good dinner before a show. The restaurant was empty and we got seated at the back near the kitchen door. Also we waited a long time for our check. We dressed up nicely looked classier than most guests and were treated like second class citizens. Not impressed.

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5.0Dined on July 23, 2018

First time there. We tried it due to restaurant week. Fantastic experience. Food was outstanding, pastas made in house. Had questions about the wine but the steward offered good advice and let us try a few before we made our choice. Definitely a place to go to celebrate a special occasion or for a splurge. You won't be disappointed.

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5.0Dined on July 23, 2018

All around excellent in every way and a beautiful décor. Haven't been there since it was Café des Artistes and was delighted to see that they not only kept but restored the murals.
I will return.

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4.0Dined on July 22, 2018

Very elegant place - murals are wonderful. Service is excellent, food very good. Not for kids, live classical guitar music at Sunday brunch. A lovely, relaxed, classy neighborhood gem.

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4.0Dined on July 19, 2018

The food was delicious. The ambiance will please the senior set.

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4.0Dined on July 18, 2018

A lovely restaurant. We have previously visited sister restaurant Il Gattapardo on 54th Street which is very good but this is equally good and excellent if you are looking for a quiet sophisticated meal at a reasonable price. We were visiting My Fair Lady at the Vivian Beaumont theatre at Lincoln Centre and this was a gentle ten minute stroll away.

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4.0Dined on July 15, 2018

It is beautiful and quite,, That is worth a lot!! my Fritata was good but it only came with a few lettuce leaves..good dressing,,,For gluten free people it is a small meal,, added some before and after beverages which upped the price,,

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5.0Dined on July 14, 2018

Love this place. Always an exceptional evening.

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5.0Dined on July 9, 2018

The ambiance is outstanding. Our round table very comfortably accommodated the 6 of us. All of our appetizers, entrees, deserts and coffees were excellent. It is overpriced, but worth it for a special occasion.

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3.0Dined on July 8, 2018

Ambience and service very good. Food mediocre. Worth visiting to view Christie murals.

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1.0Dined on July 7, 2018

What a lovely dinner. Even had Kevin Bacon at the table next to us. All was great until the check came. That's when I realized that the two $15 glasses of Nero d'Avola that I ordered with my entré were instead served as two $32 glasses of Barbaresco. So basically this place tries to "trick" you to squeeze some money out of the unsuspecting. I'm not too concerned since I took the extra cost right out of the tip. Way to run a business folks. But hey, I got to see Kevin Bacon! Sadly I will never return to The Leopard.

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4.0Dined on July 6, 2018

I love it here! The food is fabulous and so is the service. My husband and I have been to the restaurant a few times already in the past year and we will continue to dine here. The decor is also very charming!

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5.0Dined on July 4, 2018

We have eaten here several times with friends and family. Menu selection is good for pasta, vegetarian or meat eaters. I’m partial to the sole, which is filleted table side.
The dining room is quiet, even when every table is full. The paintings lend an Old World charm. Service is exceptional.

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2.0Dined on June 30, 2018

The Leopard has to get a new chef who knows how to cook. SUD, located just few blocks away is packed during these (dinner) hours, The Leopard had many tables empty. We will not come back. Sad.

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5.0Dined on June 29, 2018

I read the reviews from others, and I decided to try eating there because it was close to Metropolitan Opera House. The best decision I made in a while! Looking forward to dining there again.

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1.0Dined on June 27, 2018

Diner food in historic setting

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4.0Dined on June 25, 2018

Beautiful place. Professional service. Very good Sicilian oriented menu. Tho must admit some things work better than others

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5.0Dined on June 25, 2018

Our 30th anniversary dinner couldn’t have been better!!!!

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2.0Dined on June 23, 2018

Very very disappointing. I remember this restaurant back in the day and it certainly has gone downhill. First, this is supposed to be fine dining at its best as evidenced by its advertising, elegant interior and its prices. But the inside is not equally matched by the sartorial splendor of its clientele. With no dress code the dining attire has deteriorated measurably. I wouldn't mow my lawn in some of the get ups I saw in that restaurant. Dirty jeans, flannel shirts, sneakers, open collars. Forget about a tie, much less a jacket. Terrible. Then there is the food. Lamb that I asked for as medium, arrived rare. Grilled asparagus was cold and dry. It was supposed to be gratinated. Translate to a tidbit of cheese sprinkled over the dried out vegetable and run under a broiler. I couldn't eat it. With most of my meal left on the plate, I asked to take some of it home. The cat might have liked it. Unfortunately the waiter didn't listen and only half of what I asked for actually got into the take out bag. The gelato was not gelato. It was more like Breyers in a bowl. Watery with a very low level of cream. Gelato is supposed to be creamier, smoother and silkier, as well as denser and more elastic and fluid, than American ice cream. This stuff didn't come close. The only thing that was decent was the wine. But luckily the restaurant didn't have much to do with how that tasted. Its really too bad, because I love the inside of this restaurant and the memories it holds for me. The wall paintings are from a bygone era and meant to be viewed. Gorgeous. That seems to be the only thing the restaurant can rely on for business, but its not enough for me. I will certainly not be back. If I want diner food, I'll go to my local Greek place and probably get a better meal.

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4.0Dined on June 22, 2018

Was an enjoy able experience, as I remember visiting the restaurant in time past when it was Cafe des Artistes and was there when Al Pacino dined that evening as well.

So it brings back very good memories

JJH

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5.0Dined on June 20, 2018

We love this place. Food is excellent , ambiance is lovely, service great. Its perfect for date night, a business meeting . It never disappoints!

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3.0Dined on June 18, 2018

The food was okay, but nothing special--especially for the price. I was expecting spectacular, and was disappointed.

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