Lafayette
Lafayette

Lafayette

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.lafayetteny.com/
  • Phone: 2125333000x
  • Hours of Operation:

    Breakfast: Monday - Friday 7:30am - 11:30 am, Saturday & Sunday 8:00am - 10:00am

    Lunch: Monday - Friday: 12:00pm - 3:00pm

    Brunch: Saturday & Sunday: 10:00am - 3:00pm

    Afternoon: 3:00pm - 5:30pm Daily

    Dinner: Monday - Saturday: 5:30pm - 11:00pm, Sunday: 5:30pm - 10:30pm

    Bakery Open for Light Breakfast & Lunch 7:30 am Monday - Friday and 8:00 am Saturday & Sunday
  • Payment Options: AMEX,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: French
  • Executive Chef: Andrew Carmellini
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Chef's Table, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Great Jones Street or East 4th Street
  • Public Transit: 6 train to Bleeker Street, N/R to 8th Street, B/D/F/M to Broadway-Lafayette Street
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: Parking is available across the street on the east side of Lafayette Street between Great Jones Street and Astor Place.
A word from Lafayette
Lafayette is an everyday French restaurant conducting the spirit of French dining anew in downtown Manhattan’s NoHo neighborhood. Open morning, noon and night, this grand café and bakery is dedicated to Chef Andrew Carmellini's market-driven bistro cooking in a timeless hallmark setting. Our light-flushed dining room features soaring arched windows overlooking the NoHo streetscapes and a lively rotisserie bar. Our corner boulangerie-patisserie is open all hours offering artisanal breads, croissants, Stumptown coffee drinks, a light breakfast or lunch and a host of confections. In warm weather months, our sidewalk cafe opens daily for open air lunch, brunch and dinner service.
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Lafayette reviews from OpenTable diners
438 reviews since May 4, 2014
Overall Rating4
  • Food4
    Service4
  • Ambiance4.2
    Noise LevelModerate
88% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (203)great for brunch (191)great for outdoor dining (190)neighborhood gem (155)great for lunch (146)special occasion (130)good for groups (119)romantic (108)hot spot (99)notable wine list (83)vibrant bar scene (35)kid-friendly (29)late-night find (29)scenic view (8)Show More
  • Another dinner at Lafayette
    OpenTable Diner Since 2004
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    We had dinner at Lafayette, again. The lamb was delicious, as was the skate. We loved the smoked salmon tartar and coquilles with beef cheeks. The heirloom tomato on the other hand is a rip-off at $18 or so. We buy better heirloom tomatoes at Union Sq market. The pastry chef is supposed to be a star, yet we haven't had a dessert yet that would vow us. The noise level is beyond energetic; it's too damn noisy!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great addition to NOHO
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/26/2014
    Delicious old-fashioned brasserie specials in a beautiful, fun setting.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • People Watching
    Kenchan
    Dined on 8/25/2014
    It's nice to see people walking and cycling in front of restaurant. Food is average, nothing special but not so bad.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Not worth the price
    Dukes
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Though there was nothing glaringly wrong with the food or service, it just doesn't merit the cost. The bread was memorable.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great food, attentive service
    creativefoodie
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    The fact that the croissants are baked fresh every morning just makes the difference....we had a banana, coconut, chocolate croissant with coffee to start...and that set the tome for a wonderful brunch....
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious and fun!
    hungry
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    Server was amazing, food was delicious, what more could you ask for?
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • should be better
    dinneroutVIP
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    room is beautiful but the food is disappointing. i've been twice and the fact is that it's just not good.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Worth it for the food
    phs204
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    Loved the food, loved the decor, but the servers had some serious attitude -- very snobby. Which is kind of weird, since I chose to go to the restaurant and could afford to eat there. Our server lightened up once he saw his tip. Sigh.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • really wonderful service
    K357
    Dined on 8/18/2014
    Overall the food was great but i expected more from hearing so much about the restaurant. However, the service was excellent!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Enjoyed the time
    John
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    This was our second visit to Lafayette. Once again, enjoyed the chicken dinner for 2 but the price was way up - $62 from $50. Great desserts but not quite as imaginative as our first visit. All in all, though, we would return.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food but poor service
    FrequentdinerVIP
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Restaurant has a great feel and the food was spectacular but unfortunately the service was very poor. The waitperson was very unfriendly and at times rude. Poor service led to a very long dining experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Better than Balthazar
    jimmyv
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    A terrific alternative to Balthazar without all the tourists. Superb food and cocktail selection. Sat outside and found Lafayette Street a bit too busy.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Delicious
    soleluna
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Once again Andrew Carmellini does not disappoint. This is a true neighborhood gem. Went there for brunch with a friend, food was fantastic. Atmosphere is absolutely adorable. Only one minor point of contention, not sure if it was due to our waiter or restaurant policy, no substitutions were even entertained. All I wanted was whole wheat toast for my sandwich as opposed to ciabatta. They said no, same with adding cheese to an omelet was seen as obscene. In the end I did get the bread I wanted but was never told until I saw it on my plate. But even with all of that, it was worth it and I will go again and again.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent brunch spot
    Robert
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Looking for somewhere we could eat outside and have brunch. This was the perfect location. Excellent food with a nice outdoor setting. Service was friendly and timely. Highly recommend.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Bad experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Our waitress was rude and gave us attitude when she got one of our orders incorrect. When the food came, they gave one dish to the wrong person at the table.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • inconsistent food quality
    noraloo
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    I've been here a few times, great for lunch, inconsistent for dinner. 2 diners had the roast chicken and it was swimming in vinegar....like insane acid-inducing, heartburn creating quantity of vinegar. Both diners do not have a history of heartburn. The Sommelier gave us the most acidic wine as well. Too geeky, no fruit, unbalanced, acidity through the roof. So sad.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Really great flavors!
    Nyc10029
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    The food was dynamite...wonderful flavor combinations. Service was good but not overbearing. Great place for a really nice evening.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • c'est manifique!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    A summer afternoon on the sidewalks of NYC brightened by a delicious 3 course lunch accompanied by just the right wine served by a friendly & knowledgeable staff.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Mixed
    alisono
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    We started off with drinks, which were pretty good and very pricey. We asked for the Restaurant Week menu but it took a while for them to bring it. They don't seem interested in encouraging people to order off it. The service overall was very good though. The food started off great, with perfectly baked bread, delicious salmon tartar with chips, and a perfect salade lyonnaise. The next course was also good, though the steak looked as though it had been sitting under a heat lamp for too long. Dessert looked and tasted completely unspectacular, which is very disappointing considering the look of the pastries inside. We got black forest cake and the sorbet. We probably won't be back except to try one of the delicious looking pastries.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellence
    Sigh
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    A beautiful coupling of excellent food preparation and attentive, FRIENDLY service.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Kicia
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    It's a pretty restaurant with a great ambiance, but the menu is not that great and the food is overpriced!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • DavidVIP
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    The sommelier helped us choose a great wine, the atmosphere was great, and the food was good. Our only quibble was that the food came too fast. We had our appetiser and main course within minutes of ordering. We also had to ask for a better table. Originally seated next to a service door with no one else near us, I asked for a better table and the quickly moved us to a window. But should we have had to ask?
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Excellent bistro fare
    RGart
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    Had a most enjoyable evening meal at Lafayette. Seating is generously spaced, noise level allows for easy conversation (a real treat these days). Food was excellent as was wait staff -- friendly and knowledgeable. All in all, a delightful experience.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food, top notch service
    PerfectVIP
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    I was really surprised at how great of a meal I had here. The food was great; I had steak and frites and the the fries were cooked very thin and crispy. But even better was the service. Our guy knew exactly how to recommend the right things on the menu and made wine pairings that were on the mark. Really great experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Like being in Paris
    RichNYC
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    Similar to restaurants recommended by hotel concierges in Paris but with fresher ingredients. Great bakery. Wonderful wines by the glass. Chicken for two was Provençal style. Flavorful but nothing extraordinary. Except for fire sirens, outdoor dining was quieter than inside, where the music level was a bit loud. Decor, however, was quite romantic.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Green juice and almond milk lattes
    LeanandgreenwithChristine
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    Not only was the food fantastic, they had green juice and almond milk for the lattes. Score!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointed
    MarisaNYCPhillyVIP
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    I had heard this place wasn't great and it really wasn't. I felt that the service was terrible and the food was even worse.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Underrated
    JL67VIP
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    I feel like lafayette has an undeserved bad rep. I have eaten here twice and both times were very good. The food was excellent, and the service was good. (Some attitude from the hostess desk but what are you gonna do). We were not rushed; the service was present but not hovering. Some delay between app and main course but on the longer end if normal--not bad. A very solid dining experience. Worth the price.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lafayette and Great Jones
    vleecker
    Dined on 8/4/2014
    Lafayette is a lovely room serving good food. It is priced, however, so that I would only consider it for a special occasion. There are many other establishments in the neighborhood that compete successfully in terms of the cost of a meal. It is in the space formerly occupied by Time Café and Chinatown Brasserie, not a good sign.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Awful service
    87ephgirl
    Dined on 8/4/2014
    We had a waiter changeover during our meal. The first guy was very nice but the second guy was so rude. He never even listened to what we wanted and when I asked for fruit he suggested a fruit salad from the bakery but didn't know which fruits were in it. After enquiring he brought it to me in a plastic take away cup. When I asked for a bowl he was annoyed. No really- not sure why they hire waiters with such attitude. It's too bad because it's a great place and we love the Dutch and Locanda Verde.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Satisfying
    Satisfying
    Dined on 8/4/2014
    Came here for the first time and ordered from their Restaurant Week Menu. My favorite was their chilled melon soup with avocado cream and basil olive oil and crab meat. It was the only dish in the three-course menu that gave an astonishing food experience. The roasted skate was undercooked and I had to send it back to the kitchen. The Black Forest Gâteau was very underwhelming. Overall the service was very good. The waitress paid attention to all my questions, tried to find out the answers and was able to make recommendations.
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  • Highly Recommended
    BomDmais
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    Can't say enough about the ambiance and staff. Diners around us all seemed to be enjoying themselves. The staff was attentive and knowlegeable. Wonderful help with our wine selection and the pairing of our courses. Great dinning experience. We'll be back next time we're in NY.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good but pricey
    aadoc76VIP
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    Food was good. Appetizers were better than main courses. My octopus appetizer was really good as was my husband's salmon tartare (a special). The entrees were a little small, not worth the price.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    I've had a fantastic dinner here before, and was curious about lunch. I was not disappointed. It also happened to be restaurant week! Great value for the meal. My steak was cooked perfectly with wonderful flavor. Will be returning.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Restaurant week find!
    mllc222
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    Amazing hanger steak. Loved their cold pressed juices - a nice summery alternative to a lunchtime cocktail. My only complaint was that our young waitress was constantly hovering over our table and kept trying to take our plates away before we were done. It was a Friday at 1:30 in the summer, so we were trying to have a leisurely lunch. I can only surmise she was trying to make a train to her house share in the Hamptons, but my companion and I felt it was rude and it colored our first experience at Lafayette. I judge a restaurant by how it treats its customers during Restaurant Week, but since all of Chef Carmellini's other restaurants have great service I'll give this one another try.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice ambiance
    Momof2
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    Nice ambiance with nice lighting and very good service. Food was good, but quite pricey.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Lafayette was great!
    eats4veets
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    Had a decadent lunch during Restaurant Week. All the food was exceptional especially the hanger steak. Will certainly be back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, great for lunch
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • GREAT Restaurant Week Find!
    MaxM
    Dined on 7/30/2014
    Had a friend's going away lunch there during restaurant week. Great prix fixe, I got the tuna tartare, hanger steak and black forest cake. All good choices. Artichoke ravioli was also delicious, as was the soup. All around a great meal at a great location with attentive staff. No complaints. Highly recommend.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Nice place
    ravensarrowVIP
    Dined on 7/29/2014
    Nice atmosphere. Clean, tasty, well-executed dishes. Attentive staff.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Incredible dining experience
    Yankeewineguy
    Dined on 7/27/2014
    I would recommend this place to anyone looking for great food, great service and fair pricing. I'm a wine & food enthusiast, and this place blew away my expectations. Found some moderately priced Chermette cru Beaujolais on the list, 2011 vintage that was a pleasant surprise. Everything on the list was very well chosen and fairly priced (I work in the wine biz, so I know what they're paying for the wine, and they're not gouging, which I appreciate.) The craft cocktails my wife and I got while we waited for our table were FANTASTIC. Complex, flavorful - I think I got something called 'The Maximilian affair,' and my wife had a very well prepared Dark 'n' Stormy. The food was extremely well-prepared, fresh and flavorful. Bravo!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet