The Leopard at des Artistes
After reading the reviews, I was quite excited to book The Leopard to celebrate my daughter’s engagement. We arrived early and were seated at a lovely table. The waiter welcomed us and once we were settled, he said to celebrate he would like to bring us some complimentary Prosecco for the occasion. Since I had read other reviews where complimentary Prosecco had been offered, of course we said yes. We then proceeded to order a round of drinks, appetizers for the table, entrees and a dessert (which came with a lovely congratulations piped in chocolate). While the tab was $$$, when we left, I mentioned to my husband how nice it was they comped us for the Prosecco only to find out we were charged $15/glass. The food and service were wonderful, but I have to say, please be aware. We would have gladly ordered a bottle of wine to celebrate the occasion, but don’t make a gesture that isn’t. Just saying.
Jazz brunch was lovely
Our favorite go to restaurant. The Leopard never disappoints!
This is a beautiful, refined restaurant suitable for a special occasion or quiet dinner with friends. The waiter observed anniversary cards on our table and responded with complimentary Prosecco— a very nice touch. Prices are high, but at least portions are generous. I also appreciated the ability to order small “tasting” portions of featured wines. Overall, a lovely experience.
Pre theatre meal was perfect all around. Thx again!
Excellent sophisticated and simply lovely. Food superb.
Let’s start start with the positive. The food at Leopard at Des Artistes last Friday was excellent. The crab cakes appetizer, the Sicilian couscous, the passion fruit tart were delicious and flavorful. On the other hand, the service was not up to par for a restaurant of that caliber. Throughout our meal, six tables at the maximum were occupied. The restaurant was definitely not at maximum capacity. The service started being very attentive. Our server was very professional. She helped us choose the different courses and the wine. Service was very good until we were done with our entrées. At that point, we were completely ignored by the wait staff. There was a newly seated table with guests who seem to know the manager and chef. And they ended up being the focus off the wait staff. It was clear that we were done with our food but it took over 20 minutes for the staff to clear our plates. It also took a long time to get our desserts although they were just a passion fruit tart and sorbets. Then our server told us her shift was over and her colleague would take care of us for the remainder of our meal. Her colleague never stopped by our table. I had to stop him to ask for our check. Again, he and the rest of the staff seemed very focused on that other table. After over 10 minutes, we still didn’t have our check. I then stopped the manager and told him we were waiting for our check. He brought it immediately. The manager could tell we were frustrated, gave us bags of cookies on the way out but didn’t ask any questions. I contemplated addressing the service issue with him but there was no place to go to do it except outside the restaurant on the street which was not appropriate that late in the evening. Overall, despite the excellent food, it was a frustrating experience due to the service. I wish we had picked a different restaurant that night.
A beautiful neighborhood dining experience. Service is excellent and very professional. So happy to still have a place that is elegant, and reliable in all ways that matter.
Excellent meal, ambiance and very attentive staff. Customer service at its best.
Nice ambiance, good service. Food is not even close to what one expects for this highly overpriced establishment. We tried it ones before many years ago - where not happy then and decided to give it another try. Very disappointing.
Birthday celebration with family. Great evening!
The food was disappointing. This is the height of the best food of the year and the tomatoes you get at Whole Foods in Winter were better. No one lied there pasta dish and we all had different ones. Lovely atmosphere and very attentive service. But the food was not worth going here for.
First time at this nice quiet neighborhood fine Italian restaurant. The staff were so inviting and friendly and checked in with us several times to make sure that we were pleased. Everything we ordered was to our liking. My veal chop was absolutely delicious. I look forward to returning.
George, the maitre'd (and Henry) spoils you with attention, and they are particularly helpful with suggestions when requested. From the exceptional choices of wines by the glass at the beautiful bar, to the table side fileting of the Branzino, the experience is worth the price tag. My wife and I have been going here for years and I never wrote a review before so I thought it was time. We have never had anything less than an exquisite experience with delicious food. The menu and options are creative, distinct, consistently fresh and flavorful. The renovated art work and well-spaced tables creates an ambiance that perfectly compliments this unique dining experience. Spoil someone and try it.
Went for Saturday brunch. The food was exceptionally good. And the service was impeccable as always. Highly recommend.
One of the greatest restaurants for Southern Italian cuisine in the New York area. And the location is fascinating.
The Leopard is a handsome delightful restaurant whose food seems to be getting ever better and it wasn't bad to start. Welcome and service throughout exceptional. All of our food was made of high order ingredients, beautifully prepared and elegantly served. Have only been once outside of restaurant Week but will do something about this. Thanks for a fine evening.
If restaurant week is a chance for restaurants to show off, in the hopes they will convince you it is worth the money to come back, our dinner at The Leopard was a failure. The RW menu was very odd, and did not seem to have much to do with their regular bill of fare. So we weren’t able to get a sense of what they offer under normal circumstances. Then, the food was bland, with a very dated, old fashioned look and completely uninteresting presentation. My soup/broth with bits of seafood had almost no flavor, and many too many pieces of weird,small, shellfish floating around in it. Not a great combination either—shellfish with vaguely tomatoey broth. Main course was lamb chunks—overcooked, dark brown mixed with artichoke bites. Again, no flavor, and very unappetizing presentation. The dessert, while pretty to look at, and full of gorgeous plump blueberries, was bland and the crust of the tartelette, heavy, hard and thick. Even the “lemon” underneath and served in little drops around the plate had little to no zing.
Overall, uninspired food. Uninspired decor and a dull, cafeteria feeling where the average age was 75+. Yikes! Don’t know how they stay in business if this is how their normal offerings at their regular prices measure up.
Perfect small setting with gorgeous murals and amazing food. Would eat here once a week if NYC was my home.
This is our go-to place for a wonderful night of great food, impeccable service, and fine dining.
Das Essen war ausgezeichnet ,die Bedienung zuvorkommend, es war ein wunderbares Nachtessen mit Sardinien als Thema dieser Restaurantweek. Wir kommen jedes Jahr zurück und sind immer wieder überrascht von der hohen Qualität
Leopard at des Artistes never disappoints! Everything is always perfect - authentic food, great wines, luscious surroundings, attentive service, gracious atmosphere throughout. Our favorite go to restaurant on the UWS. Kudos to all!
Outstanding service and delicious lunch. Very civilized atmosphere; you can actually have a conversation.
Attentive top notch service
Accommodating to special requedts
Maybe it was the time of day or just slow in August, but it was a snoozer. Too quiet for me. For as slow as it was, it just dragged out and took longer than expected to be seated and served. I wanted to go to see the murals, and the place is truly lovely, but the food was just mediocre and the ambiance too old. Great if you want quiet and an older crowd, but I thought with a "jazz" brunch it would be much livelier.
They had live guitar music for the Brunch which was beautiful.
My friend and I enjoyed dinner at The Leopard during NY Restaurant Week. The theme of the cuisine for the week was "Sardinia." We both loved our sardines appetizer - these were the real thing - nice and plump, unlike the ones you buy in the can at the supermarket. I had a wonderful pasta dish with a fish roe; my friend enjoyed her mixed seafood dish. We shared both of the 2 desserts that were offered - both were very good. We also had a wonderful bottle of Italian white wine. The service was superb; the wait staff was friendly and professional.
I’ve had good experiences at the Leopard and consistent good food. A little pricey but worth it.
Enjoyed a scrumptious well balanced entree from the Restaurant Week Menu ! Service was quite perfect.
It’s was great all around and would definitely come back again!
Pretty restaurant food was delicious, good value for restaurant week.
The cotton candy paintings set the tone for Neapolitan gastronomy. Service was attentive. Wine selection was an amazing regional discovery.
As I've been a vegetarian for my entire adult life, I have had many pasta dishes. Leopard's spaghetti may have been the best spaghetti I ever tasted, including my honeymoon in Italy. And, although different, the eggplant parmesan is nearly as good as my mother's!
Great resto week experience, loved the art inside.
We had a delicious Sicilian dinner,
served by a very accomodating staff! The setting couldn’t have been lovlier, a real treat!!!
Excellent value for restaurant week
Had wonderful service and atmosphere and incredible meals
Food was too salty. They did take it back and re-make it.
Ordered from restaurant week menu and regretted it. Should have ordered from regular menu. Dessert and fish dish were good. Nothing was great.
What a disappointment. They should change the name of their chicken entre to Chicken Mojave. It was tough as leather, dry as a desert and tasteless. Portion sizes were generally small. The remaining dishes were undistinguished at best. The service was lackluster. Don’t believe the hype. This place is awful.
We go to the Leopard des Artistes frequently and this time both the food and especially the service were outstanding.