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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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "Lafayette promises a solid French meal with New York service, in a handsome room. Carmellini offers a vibrant menu with great seasonal choices. The kitchen's pride in its bread, patisserie, etc. is evident, and the Brooklyn arugula with strawberries and tarragon was exceptional."
    Dined on 6/24/2014
  • "Good, but not great food made forgettable by the most rude and unprofessional staff ever assembled for one restaurant. Don't bother to ask why entrees haven't appeared 1 hr. after appetizers were cleared, you will be met with the same confrontational attitude you received when placing the order. This place can only be saved by a wholesale replacement of the staff."
    Dined on 6/23/2014
  • "I think the setting is wonderful, inside and out. We loved our starters, including oysters, octopus and heirloom carrots. I did not like my lamb, from their Corsica menu. Flavors were good, but meat was soft and kind of slimy. Service was slow, though we didn't mind as it was a beautiful night and we enjoyed sitting outside. Perhaps they are a little understaffed. It's not as great as it could be, but we will likely be back and would recommend to out-of-towners for a lovely NY dining experience."
    Dined on 6/23/2014
  • "Outstanding experience from cocktails to dessert. Attentive service. Innovative food. Charming spot."
    Dined on 6/23/2014
  • "This is such a charming and lovely restaurant. The food was delicious, the ambiance wonderful, and we were totally relaxed. They did not rush us at all. The desserts were so delicious, that I bought some to take home. My guests can't wait to return."
    Dined on 6/23/2014
  • "outstanding food and ambiance. Great place for Brunch!"
    Dined on 6/22/2014
  • "This was my third time at Lafayette. Always have a reservation, they're always busy. They honor the opentable times, and the food is beyond amazing. Yup, I used amazing three times."
    Dined on 6/22/2014
  • "Fun, lively environment with great food. Especially good bakery."
    Dined on 6/22/2014
  • "My first meal at Lafayette was great. We were seated downstairs (away from the maddening crowds), so we could actually hear each other talk, and the food was really very good. Second visit, not so much. Our table was less than desirable, the charred octopus was like eating rubber (amateur for such a noted restaurant)and the service was absent for the most part. The roquefort beef special was done very well and the steak frites was done correctly. But overall, for the price, the service was lacking and the food was underwhelming. I haven't struck this place form my list, but it's certainly not one that I would highly recommend. Maybe a subsequent visit will renew my faith in Lafayette."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "I really did not expect this from Andrew Carmellini. The Dutch is one of my favorites restaurants in the city, and Lafayette was a let down. The service was extremely slow and pretentious. It took over 3 hours to get through dinner and the place wasn't very busy. It's hard even to rate the food because a dish came once an hour. We did not get bread, which made us extra hungry in between. One of the people in our party had a pine nut allergy, and the server claimed the dish did not have any, after I forced him to double check, he confirmed that it did. Overall, it was pretty much a disaster, especially for the price point. Unfortunately I will not go back and would not recommend Lafayette to my friends."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "Went to a bday dinner there. Was wonderful and the service was excellent"
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "We ate here for the first time on Saturday - a treat after mother/daughter shopping trip. We were thoroughly impressed. Service on the terrace was efficient and friendly (I wish I knew the name of the nice guy who gave me great wine recommendations - he deserves a shout-out.) We ordered 3 appetizers and the standout was the octopus. We also thoroughly enjoyed the beef tartare - perfectly seasoned with a delicious dressing and light salad. Sugar snap peas with salsa verde and ricotta also good. Corsican breast of lamb entree (with olives) from the June menu: the reduction was outstanding, hint of orange. Rather rich; beware! House-baked sourdough fabulous - we sadly forgot to buy some from the bakery before leaving, so must return!"
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "Truly is one of our NYC favorites however service at our most recent visit wasn't as stellar as we know it can be."
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "There were four of us dining and we all thought the food was superb. Seasonal food inventively prepared, it was delicious. Service was excellent, too. The waiter guided us on wine selection and even provided some samples to help us make our choice. There's quite a lot of seating and the tables were spread out enough that the noise level was fine. One of the best meals I've had in NYC. We will return."
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "Lovely french bistro vibe in Noho near The Public Theater. Wonderful service, comfortable oval, leather booths. Delicious greens and vegetables from Brooklyn Grange gardens. Oysters were fresh and spot on. We both ordered steak frites. Expensive for a reliable bistro staple but the french fries didn't disappoint. We didn't have room for dessert. Sorry about that. A perfect spot for romance, special friends. I would sit inside. Why be on the sidewalk when you can enjoy the ambiance of the dining room?"
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "Great neighborhood place! While the food was very good, the bread was outstanding! A little touch of Paris in Noho."
    Dined on 6/18/2014
  • "Wonderful place, great service. I loved the pastry and bread. One outstanding dish that I will order again is the roasted beet root. Very delicious, simply but delicious. I will be back again to try the rest of the menu."
    Dined on 6/17/2014