Leona’s opens at the New York Helmsley

The iconic Leona Helmsley is no longer with us, and who knows what her dog is spending all that dough on, but her brand identity continues to grow with the launch of Leona’s, a new restaurant at the New York Helmsley Hotel.

What you may once have known as Mindy’s has been redesigned to celebrate the art deco neighborhood and renamed Leona’s. The lighting is soft, the ceiling is vaulted, and the color palette includes lush browns, white onyx and blue tile.

The menu by Executive Chef Brian Wieler features modern classics like Crab Cakes, Caprese Salad, Sesame-Crusted Tuna and Veal Tenderloin Napolean with entrees priced at a reasonable $21 – $29. No need to tip; a 19 percent gratuity is added to all checks. We think Leona would have liked that.

The well-known Harry’s Bar, also at the New York Helmsley, has also undergone a renovation. Basically, even if you’ve been before, it’s time to go back.