Restaurant Week- The Leopard at Des Artistes

My first restaurant week meal of summer was an easy choice; a delightful brunch inside the iconic Hotel Des Artists.  The restaurant was absolutely stunning inside with large canvas murals adoring the walls painted by Howard Chandler Christy in the 1920's.  The space has an elegant but comfortable feel of "Old New York" and the scene at brunch was quite lively. 

The meal began with a bread basket filled with thin bread sticks flecked with rosemary, a rustic brown studded with raisins and sunflower seeds and classic white baguette.  

The restaurant week menu had options for both breakfast and lunch so I decided to have a reverse meal beginning with a lunch appetizer- thin sliced Tuna with Pantelleria capers and radish dressed with a light mustard sauce.

Then onto breakfast with "Uova in purgatorio" baked eggs cooked in a spicy cherry tomato sauce with crushed red pepper, basil and toasted county bread.

For dessert a White & Fudge Semifreddo; thick vanilla ice cream sandwiched between two rich chocolate cookies with a dusting of powdered sugar on top.  

Everything about the meal was delightful.  The food was delicious, the service was impeccable and setting could not be more lovely.  My only small complaint would be the chilly AC overhead so taking along a sweater (as most women had) would be a must on next visit.

The Leopard at Des Artistes
1 West 67th Street
New York, NY 10023