DINING| Café des Artistes, Old New York institution since 1917, closes its doors

LogoCafé des Artistes’ iconic logo, designed in the 1970s by George Lois.

Café des Artistes, the venerable continental dining institution on the Upper West Side, has closed, the Times reports.

Opened in 1917, the restaurant is perhaps best known for its murals, painted in the 1930s by artist Howard Chandler Christy, who lived in an apartment above it. CDA has been owned since 1975 by Jenifer and George Lang and has long been a magnet for entertainers working at nearby Lincoln Center and employees of ABC.

We dined at CDA on our first anniversary and adored the place. We’d planned on dining there next month, but that seems unlikely. The building wherein the restaurant resides owns its name, which seems a bit of good news. Perhaps the space will be leased to new operators. Cross your fingers — this is a piece of Old New York too wonderful to lose permanently.

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