The Leopard at des Artistes

4.6
1490 reviews
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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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New York Area
34 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Outstanding food in a classic New York setting

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New England
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Birthday dinner before theater. Very elegant and delicious

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FB
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 2food 1service 2ambience 2

The food is terribly bland and the service is fair at best. The atmosphere is probably good for 60-year-olds and +, but abysmal for younger people. Beverages seem to take too long. I may return to the bar only for one cocktail that I liked, The Fountain of Youth. The bathroom was also not clean and nearly as cold as being outside.

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E
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Leopard is a beautiful, cozy, elegant restaurant for an occassion or just a wonderful meal when you want something a little special near Lincoln Center . The staff was knowledgable, and helpful while not hovering. The maitre de spent a lot of time with more than one party who were planning private events (we were there on a Monday night which may be why he tells people to come then since it's a quiet night). While certainly not inexpensive, it is also not offensively priced. The menu has a lot of options, a very wide ranging wine menu (of all price points) and many vegetarain/pescatarian choices. All in all a great spot.

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L
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

We had a great meal with excellent service! We'll be back.

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New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Good food and excellent service

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Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

Excellent service. Lobster in appetizer a bit rubbery and dish seemed too oily. Sea bass almost too done while Dover Sole was superb. All in all, maybe we prefer lighter and simpler dishes.

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OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely evening with daughter and son in law before a show. All around perfect dining experience.

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New York Area
88 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We really enjoyed the brunch. A lovely dining room with comfortable space between tables. Very good fresh egg omelet. Excellent danish basket. Also fresh orange juice good. We will go back.

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LD
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our favorite place.
Great food and service.

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b
New York Area
66 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a pleasure to dine at the Leopard! Great food, ambience and service.

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SB
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Make no mistake about it, this is an Italian restaurant That is the only thing that is ordinary. Innovative well prepared food using quality ingredients. Service is attentive without being intrusive. Nice Italian wine list that is fairly priced. The space is one of the most beautiful in New York. We will be back.

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JT
New York Area
32 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

After opera- New Years’s Eve - perfect!!!

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JC
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

The ambiance and serve are superb but the I ordered the lamb chops and thought they were flavorless and not very interesting.

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f
New York Area
18 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

we go here quite frequently, and are never disappointed.

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c
Pittsburgh
9 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love the atmosphere . Service is excellent . Perfect for a romantic evening or special occasion.

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PH
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Character and ambience are the keynotes for the Leopard. The jazz brunch was delightful. We will be back when visiting NYC.

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B
Denver
7 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

The noise level and the prices are high. Not too many choices for vegetarians. Service was pleasant but a little confused.

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PS
New York Area
38 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The room is beautiful and the service and food were wonderful and very professional. We will return soon.

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LT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of the few restaurants near Lincoln Center that actually moves opera patrons in a brisk, but not hurried pace. Some other restaurants make me nervous that I will have to run to the opera house. That has actually happened once or twice. Food and service are both great.

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Gloucestershire
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Very good authentic Italian food served in a stunning setting.

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OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Always a pleasure to be in such a legendary space, while continues the traditions of good service and food.
Will be returning soon !

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e
New York Area
51 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Wondeeful restaurant
One of my favorite places
Perfect for special occasions

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CD
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We frequently dine at The Leopard. It’s one of our favorite places in NYC where the food is consistently wonderful and the service impeccable.

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TJ
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The best service ever at a first time visit! The faggotini was superb as was the risotto with scallops. And they introduced us to a special southern Italy red that is bottled just for them, which was delightful. What a gem!

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AS
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

On the noise side not over powering. Perfect service, food was creative and satisfying. Would return for another great dinner. And other selections.

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S
New York Area
137 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Christmas Day at 5:30 and the place was packed. Beautiful restaurant with excellent food and service. All of our dishes were perfectly prepared. Want to go back on a quiet slow night to really enjoy the ambiance

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G
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 2

Fabulous food in a beautiful room. I think the Leopard and its sister restaurant Il Gatopardo serve some of the best Italian food in the city. There isn't a pasta on the menu that I wouldn't want to eat! However, be mindful of where they seat you; a seemingly innocuous shelf abutting our table turned out to be a very busy waiters' station. No one should be subject to that at those prices.

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ML
1 review
Dined on December 25, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

The Leopard at Cafe Des Artiste is a gem that shines as a New York classic should.

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MO
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Very disappointed with the restaurant. It is tired, in need of a new menu and a make over.
It feels like an old country club. What a shame.

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w
New York Area
32 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Pretty much perfect on every count. They do everything right at The Leopard.

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M
New York Area
29 reviews
Dined on December 19, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 5

We had a reservation for dinner and we were on time and they had our table and it was in a quiet area as I requested. Our server was very good and helpful. The problem comes with the food that I felt for this kind of restaurant and price I thought was really quite ordinary. I don't mind paying $50 for an entree if I feel it is special and after I finish I say "wow I have to come back". I am writing this review 5 days after dining there and I actually can't remember anything that I had. The rob roy I had as a cocktail was excellent.

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c
Washington DC
68 reviews
Dined on December 18, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

Excellent restaurant: very nice atmosphere, very well run, creative menu, great food with very good service!

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D
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on December 17, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 5

I had the Bucatini and it was decent enough though I've had better. The crumb topping was some dry. My friend's dish, a fish dish, was rather good.

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LD
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on December 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our. Favorite go to place .
Never fails..great food ..great service

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Miami
5 reviews
Dined on December 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was delicious. must go back, even though we didn’t get seated until 45 minutes after our 7:45 reservation because the early diners would not leave (no inclement weather to be blamed) for more than 20 min after paying their tab. We received sincere apologies from staff and a Bottle of yummy complimentary Prosecco. Save room for dessert here. Even if you don’t save room, get The Tropical Symphony. It is so light and so tasty - small, light white cake with fruit frosting and topped with fruit, i ordinarily don’t like passionfruit but this is superb. The choc nutella dessert was richer, yet light with a little delicious banana gelato. For dinner I ordered venison with the redwine and juniper sauce on the side. For appetizer we shared two: a delicious charcuterie which included chopped chicken livers, and yummy tender cold octopus on butter lettuce.

The venison was so tender and not at all gamey, like the most lean filet mignon ever. It did not need any sauce as it was terrific, yet I dipped several pieces in the surprisingly good light flavorful sauce with just enough oomph to add a new dimension to the venison. The Bronzino was amazing, deboned tableside. Everyone had a taste and raved about it. Hubby got caesar salad and lamb chops and said they were tender and it was the best meal he had in NYC. I really do not like brussel sprouts, but these small roasted brussel sprouts were terrific. The herbed chicken and the rosemary potatoes (side for the table) got raves, too. Another ordered lobster risotto special and another ordered the night’s special spaghetti with veal and porcini mushrooms and both said both were delicious.

The atmosphere is terrific - intimate little dining areas - a house turned restaurant. It is a small venue with a small bar area. So waiting that long for our table to open up was tight and hot but we will definitely return. Phenomenal food and service

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DP
1 review
Dined on December 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

from start - perfectly crafted cocktails at the bar, to finish -a wonderful full dinner for my family of 5, this restaurant did not disappoint... in fact it SURPASSED expectations -which were HIGH! service was amazing, our waiter was as great a sommalier, as he was waiter - beautifully deboning the branzini and preparing the zabaglione, both table- side. my white truffle risotto was to die for. seeing those beautiful murals warmed my heart. what a lovely and wonderful rebirth of an old treasure. thank you so very much. we will be back.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 15, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 2

The hubby and I come here every year before we see the Nutcracker. The food has always been good and worth the $. This year, the food was flavorless and we were seated at a table away from the rest of the restaurant and in the hallway by the bathroom. It completely ruined the experience. We will not be back. For the price, it was no where near as delicious or as special as it should have been.

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DC
Charleston
3 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent Restaurant, service, food ambience etc are all 5 Star ! Been to many top restaurants in New York this is without question one of the best !!

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TP
New York Area
35 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was an EXCELLENT fine dining Italian restaurant. It’s NOT cheap but it’s is good. We had a great meal before seeing a play at Lincoln Center.

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