Leopard at Hotel des Artistes
The Hotel Des Artistes was opened in 1918 as a place for artists of all genres to live, work and flourish. Originally served by the Café des Artistes, The Leopard des Artistes took over the space in May of 2011 when the former closed after the recession. The restaurant is pricey, but the place is a glimpse of old New York. The walls are adorned by a mural series by former resident Howard Chandler Christy, who was an illustrator likened to Norman Rockwell. Called “Fantasy Scenes with Naked Beauties,” the series was completed in his studio at the Hotel Des Artistes from 1928 to 1935.
Although under different ownership, visitors can still imagine artists like George Balanchine, Rudolph Valentino, Fanny Brice, and Norman Rockwell walking through the lobby on the way to their studios. For the tight of budget- the restaurant features pre-theater specials, as well as great deals at the bar.
Where: 1 West 67th Street
Thank you Emily Heston of Splendid Market for the artnerd tip!