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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4.6based on recent ratings
4.6
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4.7
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4.7
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PK
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on March 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We really enjoy this restaurant. The food is always very good, and they change up the menu seasonally. Nice atmosphere.

B
New York Area
116 reviews
Dined on March 10, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

New chef -- more selections on the menu and specials. Entree was very delicious.

FC
1 review
Dined on March 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fine, sophisticated, relaxed dining with great food and impeccable service. Sunday BYO wine lowers Leopard’s usual high dinner cost. None of the loud frenzy of many NYC top restaurants.

EM
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience5

How can you not love dining in the old Cafe des Artistes?!
Divine, simple cuisine with ingredients. Waitress a bit hard to understand and didn't allocute options well or add up the check correctly. Everything else, very lovely.

G
New York Area
150 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It’s Expensive but worth it fine dining at its best.

PG
New York Area
38 reviews
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We always love our dinners at what for us remains Cafe Des Artistes. It is a very special place. I was a little distressed that Saturday night when we arrived the noise level was very high and made it difficult initially for us to hear each other...but it got better as people left for the theatre. Will come on weekdays as we used to from now on...Thank you.

OT
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of my most memorable meals to date. Absolutely amazing service, beautiful atmosphere, interesting and delicious cocktails, food was to die for!

A
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2020
Overall3food5service5ambience1

The problem with the restaurant is the noise level. The service and food were wonderful. As it was Sunday, we brought our own wine as there is no corkage on Sundays. In fairness to the restaurant, we were seated in a corner next to an unusually loud group. I don’t know how management could do much,

e
New York Area
29 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful ambiance;great food;gracious service and live jazz guitar make for an unusually fine table experience.

t
New York Area
110 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Service is outstanding, as is the decor. Classic Italian dishes. The pastas are the way to go.

SC
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The best service ever.

M
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was the first time that we went there for live jazz brunch. The food was as great as at dinner and ambience was cozy and peaceful. The music wasn’t really jazz (Spanish guitar) yesterday but very subtle and beautiful. Unlike many other places, the noise level was comfortably minimal (night too quiet). Need to go back!

O
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Beautiful restaurant and good service. The pasta’s (3dishes) were good one was great. The salad was creative but a little salty.

LL
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a lovely restaurant! The service is impeccable. My husband and I celebrated our anniversary surrounding by beautiful murals and the food was delicious. Great choice for a special occasion.

L
New York Area
29 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great as always

LB
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic!!
Dover Sole best I have ever had!!
Fountain of youth cocktail Amazing!!

NY
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Leopard at Des Artistes is a true NYC treasure - Henry and Mario do such a great job and the Leopard is the pinnacle of fine dining in NYC on the Upper West Side. Bravo!

JY
Orlando
4 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall2food2service2ambience4

The food with the exception of the lentil soup was not anything I would return for. The branzino was mushy and flavorless. The pasta special with the veal cheeks lacked flavor and sufficient veal cheeks. The octopus had very little meat .The lasagna was also flavorless and fell apart in the dish.Sever was inattentive as it took 3 trips to get a wine list.

JA
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

While two of the specials -- tomatoes with mozzarella and vitello tonato -- are a bit strange for February, the food and service were exemplary.

D
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Most beautiful & romantic restaurant in NYC where tables are not crammed together. food is superb Sunday special allowing one to bring their own wine increases the value and adventure.

SL
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Was a solid B. Food is good but expensive for what it is. Cocktails were not good so would recommend doing wine. Service was lovely.

OT
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience3

Valentines Day

MR
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place!

A
New York Area
37 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent neighborhood gem! We went for Valentines Day--very special. Also we have been there many times. Brunch on Sundays special too with live music. Great food and wine list as well!

OT
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall3food1service3ambience3

They tried. The pasta was chewy, crunchy, and over seasoned. The staff was gracious and accommodating. The space is lovely.

CT
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our very first Valentine's Dinner was absolutely lovely! From coatcheck to dinner check the staff was courteous, attentive, friendly. and efficient. Kudos to the Sommelier for his wine recommendation. The food and presentation was amazing. Lighting and banter were at a perfect pitch. Great atmosphere full of couples and families in love.
Highly highly recommended!
We'll be back!
Out-of-towners Chuck & Jacq

S
New York Area
36 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Attentive service and excellent cuisine and ambiance.

C
New York Area
27 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

The food was good but not spectacular. The sommelier was exceptional: asked us what we like in wine and made an excellent suggestion. The physical setting with the murals and was interesting and unusual. The service was excellent attentive but not unctuous. I’d go back.

MX
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect! Went for dinner before the opera. Pacing worked out just right and the Veal Milanese was excellent! And terrific wine recommendation.

M
New York Area
18 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2020
Overall3food1service3ambience4

Very disappointing. It was a special occasion.The restaurant itself is lovely. The service was fine. The food however was very under whelming. The main course veal was very tough and not even warm. It was restaurant week with only 3 choices for appetizers and 3 for main courses. You would think that the food would be excellent to encourage people to come again. This certainly was not the case.

LT
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We took advantage of the last night of Restaurant Week. It is a beautiful large space and the service was good and the dishes were excellent. Every morsel from the scrumptious Fried Mozzarella appetizer served with chicory to the cod entree on a bed of spinach and finely chopped potatoes and red peppers to the tender subtle cheesecake (happily more cake than noticeable cheese) was memorable. Only quibbles I have is that the greens with the mozzarella were not listed as chicory and my dinner companion's salad was supposed to have chicory but didn't have it. Also there are a lot of little steps in the restaurant. So caution is urged when walking around towards the bathroom. Otherwise a wonderful experience!

f
New York Area
394 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful venue, professional staff, amazing menu and delicious food.

MM
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic in every way- Food . wine and service. Saluti

OT
New York Area
56 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

The salad was perfectly dressed (olive oil & salt). The carbonara was perfectly cooked (not too heavy and al dente). Service was excellent!!

EP
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

We were so pleased that it was restaurant week true! We had booked the restaurant because of the murals, I wanted to show a friend from out of town what a classic New York restaurant it’s like

NJ
New York Area
41 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Excellent food in a beautiful setting. Highly recommend although it is pricey.

A
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall4food2service5ambience5

Ambience and service was impeccable
Food was not even edible on restaurant week menu
Lovely dessert and coffee however
Don’t go there for restaurant week

P
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Grand Dame for the Upper West Side as the reincarnation of Cafe des Artistes; ambiance remains classy in a classical way and the menu is wide with options, well presented and rightfully seasoned.

WW
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall3food3service2ambience3

Food was okay but service was not good. Our server talked with an attitude. Not impressed

JH
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Outstanding service and communication with all wait staff

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