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The Leopard at des Artistes Where All Your Senses Are Aroused

The Leopard at des Artistes Where All Your Senses Are Aroused

The Leopard at des Artistes

From the moment you enter The Leopard at des Artistes at 1 West 67th Street off Central Park West, you are struck with it’s beauty and charm. Howard Chandler Christy’s (creator of the Gibson Girl) murals surround the room and you feel as if you are sitting in a chic art gallery. The feeling is of exquisite elegance. Nestled in the back is a wooden bar and cozy tables giving the whole atmosphere a romantic feel. There is a graceful comfortableness to The Leopard.

The Leopard at des Artistes

With an impressive wine selection, my guest and I started off with a chilled glass of regional wine as Panenelle, amuse bouche’s of tasty little fritters of chick peas and rosemary and Arancini, Buffalo mozzarella rice balls came as a complimentary starter.

The Leopard at des Artistes

gnudi di ricotta

A special of burrata cheese and cherry tomato’s ($18) was so fresh that it melted in your mouth. Franco savored the gnudi di ricotta ($18). This dish consists of Buffalo ricotta gnocchi in Parmigiana Reggiano sauce with sage and wild mushroom ragout, which was splendidly plated and had a fragrant aroma. This dish is not to be missed, nor is any of the pasta’s as they are all homemade. I started with thinly sliced baby artichokes, marinated with olive oil and lemon, over frisée salad, finished with shaved parmigiano. Light and refreshing, the artichoke salad is part of  3 course tasting menu ($50) that you can add to a wine pairing ($30). Each month The Leopard features a different region. For April, visit Campania, with some mouth watering choices such as Mussels in a white wine sauce, Mozzarella “in carozza,” and Octopus “ala Luciana.”

The Leopard at des Artistes

fresh Dover sole prepared table side by Henry Nekrasov

I could not wait to try the Artisanal agnolotti filled with ricotta and Italian pumpkin, in a walnut and butter sauce ($26). This was the perfect comfort dish for a rainy evening and I loved the morsels of walnut crunch.

The Leopard at des Artistes

For entree’s; fresh Dover sole ($45) deboned with precision in front of us, served with a healthy serving of broccoli rabe and a succulent Pan-seared duck breast ($45) “porchetta” with fennel pollen, cipollini with aged balsamic vinegar, pickled raisins and vegetable caponata. The duck was tender, cooked to perfection and had a tanginess, that was perfectly in balance with the dish.

The Leopard at des Artistes

Let there be duck

The preparing of Zabaglione

The finish product

For dessert, not to be missed is the Zabaglione ($18), prepared tableside. Expect a full shot of Marsala, as the warm mixture is poured over fresh berries. We also enjoyed the Chestnut and ricotta semifreddo with chocolate sauce ($14). This perfect mound of goodness, was a refreshing surprise. Feeling decadent, I order a cappuccino, which had a heart drawn in the foam. A small plate of homemade cookies also comes complementary. It is these small kind of touches that make The Leopard at des Artistes a uniquely special dinning experience.

The Leopard at des Artistes

Chestnut and ricotta semifreddo

The owners Paula and Gianfranco Sorrentinos, Chef Vito Gnazzo and Maître D, Henry Nekrasov know how to please. Everything is beautifully presented. You will leave feeling special and well taken care of by a staff that anticipates your every need, but doesn’t hover. The best part of perfectly prepared food is you leave satisfied, but not stuffed.

On May 6th The Leopard at des Artistes will celebrate their 6th anniversary and on June 4th a special party will be held, as the building turns 100. If you are looking for that special Mother’s Day place (they have a private dinning room that seats up to 18) or that fabulous private party (holds 70-80 sitting and 120 standing), anniversary, engagement, romantic tryst or a wonderful dinner before Lincoln Center there is no better place than The Leopard at des Artistes.

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Suzanna, co-owns and publishes the newspaper Times Square Chronicles or T2C. At one point a working actress, she has performed in numerous productions in film, TV, cabaret and theatre. She has performed at The New Orleans Jazz festival, The United Nations and Carnegie Hall. Currently she has a screenplay in the works, which she developed with her mentor and friend the late Arthur Herzog. She was the Broadway Informer on the all access cable TV Show “The New Yorkers,” soon to be “The Tourist Channel.” email: suzanna@t2conline.com

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