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Lafayette Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.lafayetteny.com
  • Phone: (212) 533-3000
  • 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.Continued
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Diner Reviews
  • "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!"
    Dined on 7/27/2014
  • "The food was great as always, but the server was cold. Because of her attitude, I was embarrassed we brought our out-of-town guests there."
    Dined on 7/27/2014
  • "love it--beenseveral times and would recommend it for sure !"
    Dined on 7/26/2014
  • "The salmon benedict was very salty, the eggs I ordered were overcooked. A group of 4 girls behind us were incredibly loud and obnoxious, ruined the classy vibe of the restaurant."
    Dined on 7/26/2014
  • "The restaurant had its own bakery and the bread is very fresh and got nice chewing texture with nice crust. The melon soup is was very refreshing and perfect for summer. Now very impressive with the black forest cake, guess I was expecting something more fruity and light."
    Dined on 7/25/2014
  • "Really carefully prepared food and laid back quality service."
    Dined on 7/25/2014
  • "Balthazar without the attitude. Or the crowds, at least if you get there early."
    Dined on 7/23/2014
  • "Salmon tartare to start, which a deliciously citrus-flavored sauce, followed by roasted dorado. The waitress couldn't have been nicer and allowed us to have a very leisurely lunch."
    Dined on 7/23/2014
  • "The service was immaculate. The food was well presented and very flavorful. We tried the restaurant week menu, all every dish was wonderful, with the desert being the highlight of the meal."
    Dined on 7/22/2014
  • "We chose to eat here during restaurant week and were very pleased with the selections offered. We liked the space, even though it was a bit too noisy when we first arrived. Once the early lunch crowd began leaving the noise level was more acceptable. Both of us really enjoyed our lunch choices. The hanger steak with port wine reduction was delicious and the dessert parfait was excellent. The ravioli was very good as well. We would return. They also have a wonderful bakery with lovely choice. We would have bought some of their terrific bread but you had to buy an etire loaf which was enormous."
    Dined on 7/22/2014
  • "wonderful room for lunch on a summer day, sweet server, excellent: bread, salmon tartare, fish with veggies in a buttery broth entree. and black forest cake. our other choices were good."
    Dined on 7/22/2014
  • "My girlfriend and I went to Lafayette for lunch durring restaurant week. What a great deal. A great way to taste a menu without spending an arm and a leg. We sat outside with our dog and had a great time. It was warmer than we expected but the umbrellas over the table added nice shade. I mentioned to the waitress it was my girlfriends birthday an the bro it out a sparkler in celebration. Couldn't have asked for more."
    Dined on 7/22/2014
  • "We love the restaurant week menu The food is still good amount :) The steak was great and the salmon tartre was fantastic! Customer service is good too :) I love this place."
    Dined on 7/21/2014
  • "Delicious--loved the salmon tartare and rose wine; service is excellent-- enjoyed a leisurely lunch; they did not rush us out."
    Dined on 7/21/2014
  • "Our wait staff was very attentive & clean up our table after every serving. Excellent service."
    Dined on 7/21/2014
  • "Ir seems that our waiter could not care less about our table. I returned a plate 3 times, and one order did not arrive. We were not charged for these two items, which was nice and professional (we didn't even have to ask), but the overall feeling was not so good. that being said, i have been to the place numerous time and it is nearly always great, so I look at this one as an aberration."
    Dined on 7/20/2014
  • "The pancakes were cold and soggy from having sat in the kitchen with fruit on top of them; the coffee was coarse and ill-kept; the orange juice reminded me of what we got out of the machine in our grade school lunch room. My guest ordered two eggs with hashbrowns and that is exactly what he got; there was no color on the plate and nothing to set it apart; I think Mel's diner would have had a better looking plate. I was very disappointed."
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "Pricey but appropriately interesting food. Service and advice was excellent. We went for an early dinner, we were unrushed and very comfortable."
    Dined on 7/17/2014
  • "Read a couple reviews and thought to give Lafayette a try. I can't see the reason to come back. The food is really average, nothing special and for the value there is an abundance of other restaurants in Manhattan. I think the fireworks display coming out of the birthday cakes really put this place in a special category save for ice cream parlors and bowling alleys."
    Dined on 7/14/2014
  • "The food and service were good, but the level of the noise was a big problem!!"
    Dined on 7/13/2014
  • "Brunch at Lafayette is the quintessential NY brunch experience. Perfect ambiance. Delicious food."
    Dined on 7/13/2014
  • "We went here for brunch at 11AM on a Sunday. No cocktails until 12 noon made for a quieter, less-jammed ambiance that we enjoyed. The interior has a nice Balthazar' sort of look (wood, tile, glass). The food was great but there was too much (!) salmon in the smoked salmon Eggs Benedict and there must have been 6-8 eggs in the omelette. Our waiter could have been more attentive, we had to flag him down whenever we needed anything. Not terrible but not great either. By the time we left at 12:30 the place had filled up and was much noisier. We'd go back."
    Dined on 7/13/2014
  • "The atmosphere is great, food is good, and staff is friendly. I recommend the bakery and outdoor seating."
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "Beautiful eve. Sat outside, good was very very good from appetizer to delicious dessert. Service was extremely patient and knowledgeable. Can't wait to return!!"
    Dined on 7/10/2014
  • "We enjoyed our dinner here. Service was prompt, courteous, and professional, and the broom has a nicely convivial atmosphere. The food was all good, and serving sizes are ample."
    Dined on 7/9/2014
  • "I booked Lafayette after hearing rave reviews and walking by seeing the throngs! I am a big fan of French classic cuisine and was looking forward to the visit. We ordered a bottle of wine and lots of small plates to try. There was some disconnect between the server and the kitchen so our entree was delayed by an hour. The maitre d' came over and offered dessert on the house and was quite apologetic. The wine list is extensive and there's a lot of wines I've not tried. Ordering wasn't easy though and I felt the bottle we chose missed the mark. Overall, the evening missed the mark for us."
    Dined on 7/8/2014
  • "A dining experience worth having. When so many restaurants fail to deliver on the hype, Lafayette exceeds the hype. Each dish is delicious. We had various small dishes followed by entrees. The sweet pea ravioli was a delicious blend and taste. The trout presented and tasted terrific. Do leave room for desserts. Also, the sommelier is helpful and makes great recommendations; does not push the high end bottles."
    Dined on 7/7/2014
  • "Koselig fransk restaurant med både bakeri og restaurant i samme lokalet. Vi pleier å bestille biff, og den er knallgod. Servicen er upåklagelig. Vennlig personale som vet å sette pris på sine gjester. Mye godt å kjøpe med seg fra bakeriet."
    Dined on 7/6/2014
  • " While the service was impeccable, the food had a couple of hiccups. First, the petit pois omelet did not have petit pois but, rather, standard peas (which were more than a little undercooked). Second, the salad that came with the omelet looked as if it came from a bag and was somewhat aged as the cut ends of some of the greens were brown. I expected better, particularly for the price charged."
    Dined on 7/6/2014
  • "Very good food and an equally nice room. Upscale without being terribly fussy. Service is rushed. Appetizers came out before our cocktails."
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "The ambiance is nice but the food is tasteless. Have tried their brunch and dinner and both are disappointing. Overpriced for below mediocre food. Never returning."
    Dined on 7/4/2014
  • "Our meal started off nicely with the waiter having us sample the wines by the glass we selected. Unfortunately, that was the only nice experience. The food came out lukewarm, bland and poorly executed. By the first few bites, we were disappointed in all three dishes. There was no service recovery by the waiter. The manager never checked the table. It was almost as if the staff could see we were not pleased and stayed away. The abandoned plates sat for 15 mins without being cleared. No one asked how we liked the dishes. The only time the waiter appeared was to try to sell more wine or coffee. This meal was so terrible that, not only will I never eat at this restaurant again, I will never eat at any restaurant in this group ever again."
    Dined on 7/3/2014
  • "We had lunch and it was cool and relaxing. Just a great place to have a nice conversation wit a friend."
    Dined on 7/3/2014
  • "Some specific comments: We really miss the lettuce dish you used to have, with pears and cheese. We loved it and used to come specially to have it. On the other hand we love the new carrot Vichyssoise. The outdoor tables are nice when it isn't too hot."
    Dined on 7/3/2014
  • "I've been there twice now and both times the experience has been great. The room is very comforting and welcoming, the lighting is spot-on and the wait staff would probably look good in any kind of light. My most recent visit was for brunch. We sat outside (great people watching) and had the rose sangria (very nice) and a mint julep (truly one of the best I've ever tasted.) My dish had a fancy name but was essentially a very fancy, and totally delicious, egg sandwich on brioche with oven roasted tomatoes, cheese, and greens. We had a dessert that was a chocolate cake with a very intense orange marmalade center and, while it was good, I envied the carrot cake as it floated by, destined for another table. I'll be back soon."
    Dined on 6/29/2014
  • "After reading multiple positive reviews for this restaurant, I was excited to take my family for Sunday brunch. We were seated promptly, but unfortunately that was the highlight of our service at Lafayette. Our waitress, Sam, was generally unconcerned with us or our experience throughout the meal. Very disappointing for a restaurant with so much potential to offer a fine dining experience for guests. We will not be returning if her service is any indication of the standards held by Lafayette."
    Dined on 6/29/2014
  • "Lafayette is a great restaurant. We were a party of 8, were seated right away and the service was impeccable. Highly recommend"
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "Outstanding French Bistro. The food was great; waitstaff was very attentive. The wine list was well thought out and was reasonable in price. We had a wonderful time and will return."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "Second time having brunch. Nice and helpful waitress. Finally a restaurant with real tables and no baby size tables. Place were once done with the food you still feel welcome and not pushed out."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "The renovation of the old Time Cafe and new decor is beautiful. Love the food. Loved the lamb rib appetizer, which became a meal. The Barnstable oysters were clean and delicious. I always think you can judge a restaurant by their salad. American restaurants tend to douse greens in too much dressing. Lafayette, true to its French heritage, doesn't douse, it gently laces its vinaigrette. Their strawberry salad with greens was sublime. Ditto for the wine list, which has a well curated selection including a lovely white burgundy. Lafayette is my new go to restaurant, for special occasions, for nothing-in-particular occasions."
    Dined on 6/25/2014