The Leopard at des Artistes

Restaurants , Italian Upper West Side
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The Leopard at des Artistes
Photograph: Paul Wagtouicz
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Restaurateurs Gianfranco and Paula Sorrentino (Il Gattopardo) have transformed the former Cafe des Artistes space into a luxe trattoria. The romantic 95-seat space, outfitted with terrazo floors and walnut-wood columns, showcases the former tenant's historic pastel murals, now restored to their original colors. Chef Vito Gnazzo executes a Southern Italian menu that includes dishes such as eggplant and smoked buffalo mozzarella timbale, lamb loin with a red-wine–tarragon sauce, and bucatini with sardines, wild fennel and raisins. An adjacent parlor, the Leopard Aperitivo, offers vino and bar snacks in an intimate, library-like setting.


Venue name: The Leopard at des Artistes
Address: 1 W 67th St
New York
Cross street: between Central Park West and Columbus Ave
Opening hours: Mon–Fri noon–3pm, 5–11:30pm; Sat, Sun 11:30am–3pm, 5–11:30pm
Transport: Subway: 1 to 66th St–Lincoln Ctr
Price: Average main course: $36. AmEx, Disc, MC, V
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Adam V

Fantastic ambiance, the murals are interesting and detailed and transport you to a different place and time, with vivid imagery making the space feel more intimate. The staff is friendly and knowledgeable, though at times can leave you a bit wanting, and the food is traditional Italian providing rustic comfort. Expensive, but overall an enjoyable experience.