The Leopard at des Artistes

4.6
1372 reviews
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$50 and over
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Italian
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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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 1372 People Are Saying
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WV
New York Area
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Just lovely all around, from decor to food to jazz to service.

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N
Washington DC
20 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Lovely atmosphere, gracious service, delicious food. Good choice for those attending performances at Lincoln Center.

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AP
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Consistently excellent old school service. Reliably well-executed cooking. Great wine list.

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j
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always on my list of the 5 Best Restaurants in NYC. If I have a business dinner, or a quiet dinner for two — this is my first choice.
Fantastic Italian cuisine with the ambiance of 1920’s NY. And you can walk-off dinner in Central Park!

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JE
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Was a Lovely time , Great Food , lovely Service , Beautiful setting , all in all extremely pleasing

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AW
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Every time I come here, I wonder why we don't come more often: the food is terrific, the atmosphere divine, and the service at level that is consistent through this elegant and small "chain" of restaurants (Gattopardo, Mozzarella e Vino, and The Leopard). The side-street setting it really cozy, and the murals never cease to amuse. It' perfect!

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CV
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I have always walked by the restaurant, and it always called my attention. We reviewed the menu when it was New York restaurant week and it looked good. Then we read about its history and their jazz-brunch, and it called more our attention. And so we decided to go.... food was amazing, service was great, The ambient and paintings on the walls are real art, and the music gave that final touch so all your senses are stimulated to enjoy a great moment....

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j
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great for business - very quiet...

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H
New York Area
30 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

We have eaten here many times because we live in the neighborhood, but this time we were disappointed in the entrees. The lobster in the risotto was tough, my raviolis were under cooked, the veal chop was dry and over cooked, the Dover sole was very good. Our salads were also good.

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OT
1 review
Dined on August 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Just moved here. Looking for spots. Amazing food and great service.

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PS
New York Area
31 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The dinner and service was outstanding as usual.

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CG
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Impeccable service. Food was perfect. Atmosphere is enchanting.

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e
New York Area
38 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 4

If the restaurant doesn't want to participate in Restaurant Week, then it shouldn't. The starter and main course (caponata and pork loin) were mediocre and the pork main course was miniscule. Ditto my guests's swordfish, albeit a little more generous than my main course serving. Once I trimmed the fat from the wafer-thin slice of pork there was the equivalent of the amount of one slice of bacon. If the purpose of participating in RW is to encourage customers to return, The Leopard certainly failed in that goal. I recognize that the RW portions are small and restaurants don't offer luxury items but this was ridiculous. I hadn't dined here for a few years and thought it would be good to add back to my list of restaurants near o Lincoln Center . Clearly, however, I haven't been missing anything.

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M
New England
42 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

We had international visitors coming to ny for a reunion. This was a lovely place to entertain them. You could actually hear the table conversation without shouting and the service was gracious and flawless allowing us to focus on our guests and still enjoy a good meal.

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v
New York Area
35 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The restaurant is beautiful and welcoming the food is delicious the tuna carpacio the zucchini soup and roast baby pork was delicious and you offered etna rosa my favorite italian wine to enjoy during the meal
We had a wonderful time
Vivian

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J
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

I'm always pleased by all three Gattopardo restaurants -- great ingredients excellently prepared every time. This location is especially nice, thanks to its quiet lighting and meandering layout. The wait staff's over-the-top attentiveness makes the meal flow without a hitch -- and sets a benchmark that reminds you how precarious the service can be at other restaurants. Hint to male diners: get a little bit dressed up; you'll feel better.

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K
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Good food, but pricy.

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AS
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

Food was ordinary

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MJ
1 review
Dined on August 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Perfect for any occasion. Wonderful seasonal menu, attentive staff, elegant and with unique charm.

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RC
New York Area
31 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were treated like honored and welcome guests from the moment we arrived until we left and were given little biscotti gift bag to take home. The food was spectacular, and even the most economical wine selection was above average in quality.

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AS
1 review
Dined on August 13, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Very Nice with a great atmosphere. The food was really good, the staff were friendly and professional and the decoration inside was really cool with all the paintings

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MB
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 12, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 3ambience 2

(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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MH
1 review
Dined on August 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was just as lovely as I remembered. thanks for the Restaurant Week menu. Great food and service. Wonderful dining experience.

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JC
Hong Kong
1 review
Dined on August 12, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

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

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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IA
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

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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RP
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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NY
New York Area
81 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding service and food. Wonderful environment. Delightful!

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T
New York Area
38 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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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NY
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 9, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

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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SN
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 5

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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j
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on August 6, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

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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e
New York Area
64 reviews
Dined on August 5, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

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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JL
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

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

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MC
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on August 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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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P
New York Area
22 reviews
Dined on July 29, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

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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m
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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SA
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 25, 2018
Overall 3food 1service 3ambience 4

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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n
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

excellent restaurant with great food . loved restaurant week

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S
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous service, food and wine selection ❤️🍀👍🏻

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