The Leopard at des Artistes

4.5
1326 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.
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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Additional
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
Reviews from verified diners
1,326 reviews
4.5 out of 5 Stars
Outstanding
67%
Very Good
24%
Good
5%
Fair
2%
Poor
2%
4.4
food
4.5
service
4.6
ambience
4.0
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92% of people would recommend it to a friend
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4.0Dined 6 days ago

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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OT
5.0Dined 7 days ago

Love this place. Always an exceptional evening.

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P
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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OT
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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d
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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PE
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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NF
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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CJ
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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E
1.0Dined on June 27, 2018

Diner food in historic setting

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B
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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j
5.0Dined on June 25, 2018

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

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VO
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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J
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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LD
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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PP
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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k
5.0Dined on June 17, 2018

Always excellent. Great service. We go there a lot.

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CD
5.0Dined on June 16, 2018

Excellent, as always. The choices for the fixed-price meal were not to our liking, so we ordered a la carte. Slightly disappointed.

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M
5.0Dined on June 15, 2018

Outstanding experience. Always incredible service and wonderful food!

The gnudi, the pastas, the fish - especially the branding, the burrata. - everything is terrific!

And the service is wonderful. The manager, the hostess, the waiters and the bus staff - each and every one - very attentive but not overly so.

The best Italian restaurant in Manhattan.

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L
5.0Dined on June 15, 2018

Unpretentious yet classy. Lovely and delicious menu.

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EP
5.0Dined on June 10, 2018

My friend and I had a delicious brunch on Sunday! There are many sweet and savory options to choose from. We had a very attentive waiter and loved the ambiance.
The jazz musician playing was a delightful addition.
Will definately be back!

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d
5.0Dined on June 7, 2018

This restaurant is a great New York treasure, with its 1930's murals of frolicking nudes and intimate, comfortable spaces. The food was surprisingly good, with clear attention to detail and quality ingredients, and the service was fine. We will be back!

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EB
4.0Dined on May 27, 2018

Excellent weekend brunch choice with soft jazz in background, choice of brunch or lunch menu. Haven't been to dinner but brunch food is delicious

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OT
5.0Dined on May 27, 2018

It was one of the highlights of our trip from the music to the waitstaff, (namelyValentine (sp?)who were very attentive and patient. The food was delicious and the atmosphere and ambience were exactly what we were looking for. Thank you for making a birthday brunch celebration special.

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VJ
5.0Dined on May 26, 2018

In the culinary wasteland of the Upper West Side, this place stands out as a welcomed surprise. We've eaten here three times in the last month or so, and this has become one of our go-to restaurants (we only have 3 on the list). The pastas are very good and authentic (we lived in Italy and are quite picky). We love the pasta con sarde--it is the best we've had since Sicily.

Also, lovely ambience. Who can resist the famous murals of frolicking nude women from its Cafe des Artiste days?

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a
5.0Dined on May 22, 2018

elegant restaurant and elegant Italian food It is a haven of peace and quiet

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BL
5.0Dined on May 20, 2018

Food was superb and atmosphere classic. We always try to come when we’re in the city.

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CC
5.0Dined on May 19, 2018

I asked for a romantic table.There was one unused but they didn't give it to me.Not happy

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r
4.0Dined on May 15, 2018

Lovely restaurant with very good food & service, but VERY noisy!

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AB
5.0Dined on May 15, 2018

One of the rare quiet restaurants..a jewel of a neighborhood restaurant. Service was impeccable and food was delicious.

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s
3.0Dined on May 14, 2018

We proposed some friends to join us for the Sunday BYOB diner. When we arrived with our bottles we were told that Mother’s Day is considered as a major holiday and therefore we could not drink our bottles. Why not tell at the time of booking, then?
Then my husband ordered a swordfish steak which came so thin that it was unsurprisingly over cooked. They came back with a new one which was this time raw and cold inside. The service was very unpleasant, distant and cold and it was a very bad customer experience

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m
4.0Dined on May 12, 2018

The unique atmosphere always makes this restaurant enjoyable. Good selection of Italian wine, however, at very inflated prices.

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KL
5.0Dined on May 12, 2018

We were there for our wedding anniversary. Everything, from appetizers to desserts & coffee, was perfect. Nice ambiance, good service, plus authentic Italian food. I had a crudo of branzino with fennel & oranges as appetizer. It was perfect. For the main course, I had pasta "Leopard." It was scrumptious. My husband had crab cakes and halibut, both of which he loved. Gelato was very good, as was my tiramisu. The restaurant is in a nice location, not too big, not too small. Murals are interesting. The only thing I would change is chairs.

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PM
5.0Dined on May 12, 2018

This beautiful restaurant is ideal for discerning diners who appreciate first rate food, ambience, and service. It's ideal for those are looking for a pre or post meal that extends their Lincoln Center experience.

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5.0Dined on May 11, 2018

It is so wonderful to dine in a civilized restaurant with excellent food and service. The magnificent murals evoke a more elegant era and one feels transported to that era upon entering. I adored it.

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OT
5.0Dined on May 11, 2018

Always excellent!! Great pre theater menu, excellent service, pleasant atmosphere. I always recommend this place and it never fails to please

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MG
5.0Dined on May 8, 2018

Lovely setting, attentive staff and fine cuisine. Great for pre opera dining.

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S
5.0Dined on May 4, 2018

The Leopard is one of the upper crust establishments in Manhattan, a cozy spot where the elite dine and enjoy exquisite, albeit simple, Italian cuisine in a lovely setting.

I immensely enjoyed my visit, though you can't ignore the price tag. You certainly pay for the experience.

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OT
5.0Dined on May 4, 2018

Pre symphony

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OT
5.0Dined on April 29, 2018

Always a great place for a special occasion

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