The Leopard at des Artistes

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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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DM
Las Vegas
6 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our NYC favorite.

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I
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Everything was great once we got seated after waiting for our table for an hour.

JI
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall2food1service3ambience4

Food not very good. Menu choice poor and food not very tasty. Service was indifferent. Restaurant is, however, very pretty.

T
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2020
Overall3food2service4ambience5

Great old school NYC space. Service was excellent. Food was very spotty and sort of outdated. You are paying for the space and the service. Food is very average Italian.

C
New York Area
18 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love everything about our dinner. We enjoyed the total experience.

BT
New York Area
21 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Leopard is The Bomb! I'll always remember what a special place the original Cafe des Artistes was...even when it had gotten a bit dog-eared and overly fussy...but the new incarnation of The Leopard has reinvented the restaurant and elevated the Italian cuisine to level that befits this West Side Gem. The ambience of the original place is still evident, but very tastefully updated. The service was impeccable...we were celebrating a momentous birthday this evening...and our entire table of eight enjoyed every minute of the evening. And the added plus of corkage-free Sundays allowed us to bring some truly special bottles to go with the meal. Huge thanks to Henry and the entire staff for making our night perfect in every way. Bravo!!!

SB
Charleston
6 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My wife, son and I all had a fabulous experience following an opera matinee. The food was interesting, perfectly prepared and plentiful. A glass of the just opened jeroboam of brunello available by the glass was a very special touch for the restaurant. The staff was all very nice. A table up just few stairs to the terrace level overlooking the main floor was perfect to view both the artwork and activity in the restaurant. We will return and the cool bar at the back of the restaurant may become our new upper west side rendezvous point. Thank you for a beautiful experience.

F
New York Area
42 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Best prepared whole fish I’ve had in years.
Solicitous service.
Pretty setting

OT
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful New Years Eve celebration with friends!!
Everything delicious, everything special! We loved it!!

GM
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful for New Year’s Eve and any special event

R
New England
472 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Good food but too fussy.

JE
Miami
2 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing service, gorgeous ambiance, and food was divine!

AB
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall5food3service5ambience5

Food was not so good
Had seafood pasta - it had been in a pot for quite some time

SE
Baltimore
32 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall3food2service4ambience4

I hate not giving outstanding/great reviews but this restaurant was not what I expected. Appetizers were just good. Not a lot of thought in presentation but taste was good. Not the outstanding I expected from other reviews. For the entrees two of the pasta dishes were undercooked. Very undercooked. There are too many restaurants in NYC to try. Most likely will not go back.

OT
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2019
Overall3food5service5ambience5

We were seated at a table in the bar area, which has never happened before in all the years that we have been going there. Not good.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 25, 2019
Overall4food3service5ambience5

I loved service and staff, but food was below my expectations, considering I’m a huge fan of Italian cusine

v
New York Area
51 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service was superb the lobster ravioli and the seafood in a skillet and zabionne dessert were delicious and special

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 25, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Wonderful Christmas dinner

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Ambiance style and service perfectly balanced.

J
New York Area
36 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Wonderful as always! Perfect place to spend Christmas Eve! Kudos to all!

OT
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As Always a great experience!

OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Holidays! Great food the owners attentive service. Always love the ambience even though it was a bit loud.

GG
New York Area
86 reviews
Dined on December 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a lovely dinner with delicious food and warm attentive service. It’s a wonderful spot for special occasions or for dinner with friends. The staff is very professional and treats everyone like a regular.

EL
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on December 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful place. Great food - excellent lamb chops! Hope to come back.

m
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience3

Still a unique restaurant because of the erotic wall murals. The current restaurant lacks the ambience of the original Cafe des Artistes. The food, however, is much better than average Italian cuisine. A sensible wine list.
It is, however, crowded and somewhat noisy.

S
Cleveland
1 review
Dined on December 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Gabriella was an outstanding server and was very attentive

h
New York Area
71 reviews
Dined on December 12, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

This should be a special occasion restaurant. it is beautiful, the food is delicious

j
New York Area
30 reviews
Dined on December 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was delicious. Service was excellent. The atmosphere is lovely. Will definitely return.

j
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on December 11, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Civilized in the mold of "adult" restaurants from the height of NYC social culture.

A
26 reviews
Dined on December 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Legendary rooms and murals. Delightful. The southern Italian menu is excellent. Cooking was exceptional.

S
Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined on December 9, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Lovely meal in great surrounding. Service impeccable. Manager very kindly found us really nice table despite the fact that I had made error on date of booking.

o
Denver
10 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2019
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Wonderful restaurant for an Artist's birthday celebration!
Very accommodating and relaxing.

BL
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

We liked the restaurant but there were few choices that were dairy and salt free.

OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent Sunday brunch and wonderful service.

GR
1 review
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall2food3service3ambience1

I made a reservation over a month in advance for 6:15. Arrived on time and was told there would be a short wait. Manager escorted us to wait at the bar and offered Prosecco. There were no seats available at the bar so my date and I had to stand in a narrow corridor being bumped into by a busy wait staff. When our "table" was ready, we were seated at one of the few tables at the bar area rather than the main dining room. I had a column to my left making it very crammed. There wasn't room on the table for the expensive bottle of wine I purchased. I expressed my dismay to the manager who apologized and said he was sorry but they had 250 people that night. I let it go so as not to ruin the evening and embarrass anyone including myself, but it was like eating in a noisy diner except for the $350 bill. I've eaten there in the past but this will be my last visit.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

6 month Anniversary

SJ
San Francisco
21 reviews
Dined on December 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and service just get better each time we go. So happy to have this beautiful restaurant in our neighborhood.

K
Birmingham
66 reviews
Dined on December 5, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Lovely dinner at this beautiful restaurant while on a Girl's Trip to NYC. The food was very good and the service was exceptional.

MP
New York Area
46 reviews
Dined on December 5, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Lovely environment, very upscale in a traditional way. Fish special (sole) was excellent; duck breast not so much. Certainly worth a try for a special occasion but wouldn't be my choice for multiple visits...

IC
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on December 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful meal in beautiful surroundings - am so happy they kept the beautiful Cafe des Artistes murals. Service was exceptional, as we had many shared dishes, which were split individually for each of us. And they got us out in time for our performance, with our having no feeling of being rushed.

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