The Leopard at des Artistes


1 W. 67th St.
Manhattan, NY 10023
Upper West Side


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The Leopard at des Artistes has recaptured the splendor of the old Café des Artistes, which was at its height from 1975 to 2009, when it was owned by the legendary George Lang. New proprietors Gianfranco Sorrentino and Paula Sorrentino, who also own Il Gattopardo, in Midtown, have brightened it up and restored the lavish, early-20th-century paintings of nude nymphs by artist Howard Chandler Christy, most notably Christy's 1920s mural series, "Fantasy Scenes with Naked Beauties." With roots in the mid-1800s "Kingdom of the Two Sicilies," and in the culinary traditions of Campania, Basilicata, Calabria, Apulia and Sardinia, The Leopard balances between dishes based on rural elements (pasta, vegetables, cheese) and seafood ingredients from the Costiera. Their passion is everyday food done with respect to Southern Italian culture, absolute quality of ingredients and outstanding service.

Photo: Paula Sorrentino
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