The Leopard at des Artistes

4.7
1455 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.
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.
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
What 1455 People Are Saying
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LD
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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Miami
5 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
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 3 days ago
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 3 days ago
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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TP
New York Area
35 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
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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AM
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 5

The food was unspectacular. I ordered rabbit leg with tomatoes and olives. I got rabbit drowned in cooked tomatoes and tomato sauce. In fact, both the appetizers and entrees my husband and I received were heavily tomato flavored and acidic, though tomatoes were not listed as the main ingredient. Moreover the rabbit I ordered came with small potatoes. Just small potatoes. Not cut, not seasoned, just thrown on the side in a little pile. He received a bowl of risotto. The presentation was poor and the taste was mediocre. We were very disappointed for the price we paid. In fact, we have had a better experience with $20 entrees in a nice restaurant in our small hometown. Both the presentation and taste were better. The ambiance is nice and the restaurant is beautiful, but it seems they are spending their money on appearances rather than on their chef. I will say, our dessert was delicious and the only part of the meal that truly lived up to the kind of quality we were expecting from such an expensive NY restaurant. All in all, it was a dissapointment, though. I would not reccomend this to anyone. There are much better restaurants in NY for this price. Don't waste your time.

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a
New York Area
28 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A splendid small restaurant with outstanding and authentic Italian cuisine, beautiful murals and impeccable servicec

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BG
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Everything about the food, etc. was fine (though more expensive than it needed to be), but when you have to wait an hour after your reservation to be seated (9 pm seating on Wednesday for an 8 pm reservation for 6), that's really inexcusable.

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CC
Los Angeles
187 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

2 for dinner. Beautiful space .. wonderful welcome and waitperson. The Branzino was excellent.. the whole wheat vegetable lasagna ok and the gnocchi was not good at all. Wines by the glass were lovely

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J
Atlanta
3 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Felt a bit rushed-salad order was forgotten instead was presented with dessert menu.

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s
Tampa
2 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It did not disappoint, and we are very critical of most restaurants

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R
New York Area
23 reviews
Dined on December 9, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

It is so beautiful and the jazz brunch is lovely. It is always a reliable and special place.

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M
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on December 9, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Good food, good service — very affordable brunch menu. The jazz combo is s nice touch!

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T
New England
12 reviews
Dined on December 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The definition of five star dining. Outstanding service, our waiter was bery attentive, engaging and well versed in the menu. Saturday night was busy but food and service were top notch and did not disappoint. Try the venison if you can. Hope to return next year.

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P
Philadelphia
19 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 5

Handy place to eat for Lincoln Center with outstanding and friendly service. Food though is acceptable but not special.

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S
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 3, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 3

The restaurant is pretty. Our table was a little darker than those around us, but the lighting was pleasant. We ordered fresh spinach which was delicious but both of the main meals Rigatoni Ala Norma and Lasagna were just okay. The best thing about going on a Sunday evening is that it is BYOB and no corking fee. The service was excellent. And the people were very nice. My 3 stars are based on that it wasn’t the best Italian food I’ve ever eaten and it was pricey.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great restaurant with a lovely ambiance - quiet jazz music and a beautiful Happy Birthday desert presentation!

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

Ribeye for two was wonderful. Excellent presentation. Classy venue. Great dinner before ballet at Lincoln center.

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NN
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 4

We were very disappointed. Despite the very warm reception at the door, we were given a table in a distant corner, next to a service station with a register which constantly had staff banging in and out of it.

While the octopus was delicious, the leaden gnudi looked like oily gefilte fish.

The waiter forgot two drink orders, and later left two vegetables off our order, and when he arrived with the 119.00 ribeye for two, it was cold and it seemed as if it had been sitting under a heat lamp.

Even with no alcohol ordered, the dinner for three with no dessert was $400.00.

Never. Again.

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AL
New York Area
19 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Our waitress Gabriela was attentive and professional. We very much enjoy the ambiance and will return as usual!

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TP
Richmond
6 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was the fifth time dining at the Leopard during the past three years. Every visit has been great and all dining and service have been 5 star level in my experience. We will be back!

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J
New York Area
20 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Really enjoyed this evening! Thanks

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DS
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Leopard is unrivaled in the neighborhood. Reliably excellent.

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GH
1 review
Dined on November 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Thank you to the Leopard for an absolutely fabulous meal and evening! The decor, staff, and atmosphere were amazing.

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DS
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Some of the food e.g. the turbot was excellent. But the crab cake appetizer and the swordfish were pedestrian.

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OT
New York Area
18 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A landmark location with excellent southern Italian and Sicilian cuisine and favorites. And the spectacular murals. Delightful.

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Houston
23 reviews
Dined on November 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was a superb dinner. The ambience is extremely nice, the service was excellent and the quality of the food preparation and presentation was flawless. A wonderful place to celebrate an anniversary.

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OT
New York Area
57 reviews
Dined on November 26, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

amazing room, one of the most charming old world spaces in NYC. great food, elegant quite service. highly recommended.

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KD
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Wonderful atmosphere with great food. Best of all is the outstandng service by polite, attentive, and knowlegdable waiters.

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SW
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

My wonderful experience: hgh light: food selections northern Italian, go with the outstanding servers suggestion (my fish was outstanding.} my low point, I thought this was BYOB so I used their glass to pour my cheap humble wine. they did not undercut me or insult me, but offered a wonderful wine list which attracted my attention. they turned an embarrassment into an enjoyment. For the record, wonderful wine selection is available except Sunday then BYOB. I'm old, I remember Cafe Des Artiste, its coming back!

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AS
1 review
Dined on November 23, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 4

Pricey average food. My brother could have cooked something better for thanksgiving (he cooks barely nothing)

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W
New York Area
43 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My friend Marilyn and I shared the butternut squash ravioli for an appetizer. It was delicious! We each ordered the Thanksgiving turkey plate, complete with roasted cauliflower, candied sweet potatoes and Italian sausage stuffed dressing. Also superb! For dessert, it was pumpkin pie and harvest apple tart with maple ice cream (photo, courtesy of Marilyn Mazur.)

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Baltimore
1 review
Dined on November 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Although the mixed salad was average the ravioli appetizer and shellfish Risotto excellent.

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PS
New York Area
36 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding as usual. Jazz was great. Lovely brunch

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LS
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent Italian cuisine in an attractive setting. Fine wine by the glass. Very attentive and friendly service. We had a splendid dinner at the Leopard.

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s
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 16, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

was very low key - very different than I had remembered at Cafe des Artistes

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P
London
5 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Beautiful restaurant. We had a date night - fixed menu 3 course before going to the opera nearby. Wonderful experience overall.

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D
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

A beautiful, romantic restaurant with superb food. Love Sunday supper when one can bring one’s own special wine

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AR
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

$$ treat. Not for the faint of wallet, although there is a $50 "Taste of the Leopard" menu that has a number of options from which to choose. We began with very good vegetable arancini for the amuse-bouche. The vegetable risotto was delicious, the Dover sole filleted and plated at table was excellent, the tiramisu with mascarpone was one of the best I've had, and the bottle of Gavi di Gavi that my friend and I shared was perfect. I would have exposed the beets in the beet salad rather than hidden them away beneath the greens, and the crumbled crunchiness of the sardines with the bucatini diminished the identity (and flavor) of this as a fish dish. Waitress readily offered to bring half-servings so we could sample several menu items without stuffing ourselves. We sat away from the main room in front and so our dining experience was absent the "Fantasy Scenes with Naked Beauties" murals by an early resident of the Hotel des Artistes, which are delightful or kitschy, depending on your point of view.

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RM
New York Area
221 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Our table of six had a very enjoyable pre-theater dinner, with attentive service, not rushed but still aware of timing to complete dinner. Salads as well as the octopus appetizer were fresh and tasty. Pasta was done just right; the swordfish, always a favorite, had a delicious olive and tomato dressing, and the rack of lamb was nicely seasoned. Wine listings are not extensive, but provide plenty of choice and price-points. The coat-check routine seems much more efficient, and completed a fine experience.

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