Located in the New York landmarked Hotel Des Artistes, and surrounded by the astonishing 1920s murals by Howard Chandler Christy, THE LEOPARD at des ... More
The Leopard at Des Artistes
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.
Food was very good. It was hot and served very quickly. We don't waited for long after placing the order. We ordered French food and it was more than good. Hot, spicy and tasty food at very reasonable price. A nice family restaurant.
I loved the restaurant. I took a good friend and my 6 year old daughter for brunch today and we had a wonderful time. Both my friend and I just turned 30 and we didn't feel out of place like suggested in a previous post. The service starting from the coat check was superb. The waiters were outstanding and the food was excellent. We didn't feel rushed, on the contrary quite relaxed. I will definitely be coming back here. I had read mixed reviews, but I was glad to find by myself that these were wrong. The restaurant is a true NY institution.
At 32, I was by far the youngest person in the restauarnt. Food is good even if a bit pricey. The wall murals are historic but not much to write home about...if you are 50+ you might love this place at 30 it was just okay.
Haven't had such great food and service since the Russian Tea Room closed. The food was great. The service was excellent. We couldn't catch a cab and had to walk from 44th to 67th and were almost 25 minutes late for our reservation on a Saturday night. No problem!!!
We had an accident and spilled a glass of water all over the table. The staff instantly came to the rescue. Things were wisked away and replaced like a well rehearsed ballet and they never made us feel uncomfortable but in fact put us at ease. And the place was packed.
Oh . . . and those storied murals . . . well they do make most of the female diners seem just a little overdressed!!! What a fun place.
They are my new fave in Manhattan and I will go back and back when there.
We ate in 5 star restaurants the entire week, Cafe des Artiste was THE BEST. The service was wonderful. The food was OUT-OF-THIS-WORLD (especially the seared scallops on a bed of truffle infused polenta) and the ambiance was beautiful!
Enjoy, Cat Westover
There are very few places in the city that can compite with this all time classic. Every detail is exquisite, the atmosphere is unmatched, and the food requires a serious approach. The menu is not too extensive and could be printed in a more fancy fashion, but its contents surely excuse any of the above.
The dress code will ensure you are not surrounded by people in shorts and sandals (nothing wrong with that, if you are in Coney Island).
The tuna tartar was to die for, and the Venison Loin has still to meet its match. I also had a seafood salad that still requires a pause and a memory re-taste. Starting the evening with a Sancerre is positively the way to go.
Decoration, lighting, ambiance and proper table setting will highly guarantee an evening for the most succesfull endeavour. If anybody blows a night after a dinner at this restaurant, its very likely to deserve a capital punishment.
Only one thing I didn�t like. The capuccino. Don�t ask me why, being a perfectionist I was expecting something a little better. I like to think that is was my luck, or lack of it, than a normal occurence at this beautifull eatery.
Servers sometimes underestimate the finishing touches of a meal, and how important this could be to round up the whole experience. Of course, for many this would pass as unnoticed, but after Starbucks the taste for good java has increased tremendously for those who can afford to pay $5.00 or more for a few ounces of this fantastic brew.
I still miss the days in which you could finish your evening with a cognac and a cigar at the adjacent bar, but you can certainly stroll arround one of the most beatifull parks in the country, if you really need to puff on an illegal Habano.
No matter where you start you will enjoy an experience from there to finish, or as my meal went, from sea to land.
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