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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
  • "room is beautiful but the food is disappointing. i've been twice and the fact is that it's just not good."
    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."
    Dined on 8/19/2014
  • "Overall the food was great but i expected more from hearing so much about the restaurant. However, the service was excellent!"
    Dined on 8/18/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 8/17/2014
  • "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."
    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."
    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."
    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."
    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."
    Dined on 8/16/2014
  • "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."
    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."
    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."
    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."
    Dined on 8/15/2014
  • "A beautiful coupling of excellent food preparation and attentive, FRIENDLY service."
    Dined on 8/15/2014
  • "It's a pretty restaurant with a great ambiance, but the menu is not that great and the food is overpriced!"
    Dined on 8/14/2014
  • "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?"
    Dined on 8/12/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 8/10/2014
  • "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."
    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."
    Dined on 8/9/2014
  • "Not only was the food fantastic, they had green juice and almond milk for the lattes. Score!"
    Dined on 8/9/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 8/8/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 8/7/2014
  • "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."
    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."
    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."
    Dined on 8/4/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 8/2/2014
  • "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."
    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."
    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."
    Dined on 8/1/2014
  • "Nice ambiance with nice lighting and very good service. Food was good, but quite pricey."
    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."
    Dined on 7/31/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 7/30/2014
  • "Nice atmosphere. Clean, tasty, well-executed dishes. Attentive staff."
    Dined on 7/29/2014
  • "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!"
    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