380 Lafayette Street
New York, NY 10003Neighborhood:
FrenchPrice: $31 to $50
- 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,Pay with OpenTable,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
- 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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Lafayette reviews from OpenTable diners
413 reviews since July 31, 2014
- Ambiance4.2Noise LevelModerate
fit for foodies (197)great for brunch (171)neighborhood gem (168)great for outdoor dining (148)good for groups (137)great for lunch (129)hot spot (121)special occasion (111)notable wine list (81)romantic (74)vibrant bar scene (34)late-night find (27)kid-friendly (23)scenic view (8)Show More
- nice, but crampedanonymousDined on 11/23/2014Beautiful, open space with great food. Their croissants are some of the best I've had in NYC. My only warning is that Sunday brunch can feel quite loud and cramped. I came here w/ a girlfriend during peak brunch hours and had to wait about 20 minutes even with a reservation. The tables are pretty tightly packed, so at times i felt like my neighbors' conversation was louder than my own. That being said the hosts and waitstaff were attentive and gracious. I'd go back, but maybe not during peak brunch hours.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- JessVIPDined on 11/20/2014Always good food. We come here for breakfast,lunch,brunch,dinner. Friendly,efficient staff. Good choices on menu. Fun to dine alfresco in good weather.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Almost PerfectfinefoodieVIPDined on 11/16/2014Sunday is not generally a good day for NYC restaurants, but Lafayette was booming and bountiful. Almost all the tables were taken at 6 pm, but the noise levels were still acceptable. The menu was exciting, but the specials even more so. We loved the service and everyone was delighted with the food. Did I mention how beautiful the place is. One small complaint: the tables were very close together, but on the other hand the table were quite large, so I imagine that is the price you pay. It is a stone's throw from the Public, so we will surely be there again soon. And I am eyeing those lovely outside tables in case summer ever comes again.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- JasonVIPDined on 11/15/2014Had a terrific Saturday lunch at Lafayette. HAd made reservations for noon. Surprised to see Lafayette packed. We were celebrating a birthday. By happenstance, friends we hadn't seen in years, were seated in the booth next to us. A lively crowd, nice mix of people. Good mixed drinks. And, the food. Great bistro food.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Delicious!LBW17Dined on 11/14/2014We had the most outrageously delicious cauliflower salad (it was a special starter). Inspired, and I never thought I could say that about cauliflower. Tuna Niçoise spaghetti was also wonderful. My husband loved the duck as well. It's a bit noisy, but the service was terrific - the waiter gave great recommendations about what's a must try and what we could pass on. Great atmosphere. Definitely worth going again. And again.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Lousy service spoiled the experienceAngieVIPDined on 11/14/2014After my excellent lunch here on 11/10, I expected the same on 11/14 but not so. Yes it was very busy and crowded and I didn't get a table I would have liked. The bad experience started when I sat down and had to ask for a menu after some 10 min of waiting. Had to wait another while to order from a waitress who was very unavailable and talked to busboys a lot. My dessert came out before the meal twice!Special Features:
- Elegant BistroWatcherDined on 11/11/2014Down Lafayette Avenue from the Public Theater, this large and comfortable multi-leveled space has a great looking bar, banquets around the edges and tables in irregular nooks, which makes them cozy in a way one wouldn't expect. The service was professional, prompt, and very helpful. Good wine list, and wonderful, elegantly presented food. There's an excellent review on The New Yorker website. It was a bit noisy when we arrived (7:30), and we had trouble hearing the high-pitched voice of our waitress in the din, but the noise level settled down as the evening progressed. Dinner for four with two bottles of Wine, $440 with tip. Highly recommended.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Wonderful birthday lunchAngieVIPDined on 11/10/2014The warm friendly waitress made this birthday lunch very memorable. We had excellent salmon tartare, potato soup, salads and yummy desserts like fruit tart for dessert. The coffee is also superior.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- A GemJessVIPDined on 11/9/2014We have been to Lafayette for breakfast,lunch,brunch and dinner. The staff is very friendly and efficient. We love the food and the ambience. It is become a favorite for my husband and myself. We go together and we both meet friends here separately. What a wonderful addition to our neighborhood!!!Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- French food is mehIRKADined on 11/8/2014After dining at Lafayette, I decided that I'm done with French food. The menus are the same from restaurant to restaurant. I had pate de foie gras and mussels, not very different than I would have eaten 30 years ago. i like to be surprised with fabulous ingredients. Nothing particularly exciting here. French food has not evolved as other cuisines have. But I did appreciate the almost exclusively French wine list. So au revoir, French food.Special Features:
- OverratedbraindameDined on 11/8/2014Despite reservations, we were seated 15 minutes late. Nice vibe (until the noise level escalated enormously preventing any normal conversation), menu appealing then the food came: over salted, under flavored and really slow to arrive. Not at bargain prices either. I dine out much in NYC, especially East Village and LES-won't hurry back here for any reason.
- OpenTable Diner Since 2014Dined on 11/4/2014We visited New York from Szitzerland and frankly speaking, this is a place I will recommend to all my friends.Special Features:
- Lafayette always delights!MarthaCritiqueVIPDined on 11/3/2014Lafayette never disappoints. The food is extraordinary, the service welcoming and attentive, and the ambiance exciting. People all enjoying themselves in the company any of friends over a delicious variety of dishes! A favorite!Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- business lunchbizlunchDined on 11/3/2014I think I got the worst table in the restaurant. Really uncomfortable.Special Features:
- I love this placePerfectVIPDined on 11/1/2014I love the vibe, the food, the clientele, the service. Our waiter slipped in an unexpected quip into our conversation that was so hilarious, our party couldn't stop laughing for 5 minutes. The restaurant recreates the feel of a great Parisian bistro, and better than the French can do.Special Features:
- OpenTable Diner Since 2008Dined on 11/1/2014The food wasn't great. I've been there for brunch and its much better.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Great spotWpdiningDined on 10/31/2014Met a girlfriend for lunch. Perfect setting, food was delicious (roasted chicken salad and trout)Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- HospitalitydeGislainVIPDined on 10/26/2014The staff is professional and made us feel welcome right away. There was a little bit of a wait but they did give the table we had requested.Special Features:
- Great choice for Sunday brunchelaineinscDined on 10/26/20143 of us were from SC and 2 from NJ. We thoroughly enjoyed our experience. The food was wonderful, service excellent and since we are "mature" individuals we could actually hear each other speak. A real bonus for senior citizens. Most places the size of this restaurant are very loud and you can't hear someone next to you and certainly not across the table.Special Features:
- memorableVaillvrVIPDined on 10/26/2014Brunch at Lafayette added to our out of town friends memorable weekend in NYC.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Nice PlaceGeorgiaGuyVIPDined on 10/26/2014Enjoyed Sunday brunch with my family while visiting. Nice bistro atmosphere. Good service. Great brunch options.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- GoodbrkgnyVIPDined on 10/26/2014Staffes are unsuccessful. Service was not good. Pancake was tasty and breads were deliciousSpecial Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Lemon pancakes!!!OpenTable Diner Since 2006Dined on 10/25/2014Wonderful brunch with out of town guests. Lemon pancakes were delicious.... service was excellentSpecial Features:
- Good EatsJessVIPDined on 10/23/2014large spacious table; comfortable for 4 or 5 people. Friendly, efficient staff. Good selections from the menu. Service not too fast, nor too slow. Not rushed at all,but did not have long waits to be served. A fine addition to the neighborhood.Special Features:
- Good food. NoisyRobnycDined on 10/22/2014We were seated immediately though the restaurant seemed quite busy. Service was fine, food fine, but we were yelling at each other to be heard over the noise. That was not funSpecial Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Neighborhood Gem always solidTaiyeVIPDined on 10/22/2014Lafayette is definitely a neighborhood gem. Consistently good service and food. Terrific energy in the restaurant. The GM is really doing a great job with this restaurant.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Fun and Good FoodRobertVIPDined on 10/22/2014A comfortable, fun place. Food was excellent except for the dessert, a chcolate millefuille, which was terrible.Special Features:
- So full of themselvesAliciaVIPDined on 10/19/2014Similar to Locanda Verde, you can expect the opposite of Danny Meyer-type service. So rude. Our waiter in particular was so rude. The food was great but they are doing nothing to build local loyalty.Special Features:
- BJNNYCDined on 10/18/2014a magical escape from the norm, extremely entertaining, and lovely food oferings, it really felt aliveSpecial Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Very DisappointingNycbuckyVIPDined on 10/18/2014Despite the respected chef, this turned out to be a dud. We sent back the frisee salad because the overly salty viniagrette was inedible. Then my husband (a professional chef) asked if they could prepare a vegetarian pasta with vegetables (any kitchen should be able to do, let alone a chef's restaurant known for it's pasta). What arrived was a joke - plain pasta, a bit of olive oil, no veggies. My husband said "it looked like a kids meal" (which later when we got the check it was, in fact, listed on the bill as "kids pasta" - no joke). The poor waiter totally understand why we sent it back, but returned with same plain pasta (with a sprinkle of parsley) and a side broccoli of rabe. Really? Manager didn't even come over to apologize.
- food&svc-mediocre-not worth trying.OpenTable Diner Since 2004Dined on 10/17/2014food and service were mediocre. not worth trying.
- Attractive, popular restaurant,doneccDined on 10/15/2014This large handsome restaurant has a great Manhattan feel. lots of diners, good food, great service. My wife and I both enjoyed excellent salads, especially my beet salad. Ravioli was properly cooked. . MW is not a pasta eater and did not find anything any of the menu entrees to her liking so she ordered a couple of side dishes. Well satisfied. We shared a tasty tart..coffee outstanding. All service employees do a terrific job in making our meal enjoyable. Not inexpensive but worth the price. We dined pre theater and wait staff was cognizant of our time constraint and delivered out plates on a timely schedule.I would recommend this to a friend.
- Pre-theatre smash!travelcentricnyVIPDined on 10/14/2014We dined before seeing "Here Lies Love" at the Public & could scarcely tear ourselves away. Service was impeccable, and everything we tried-- from whole wheat French bread to roasted beets to artichoke pasta---was imaginative & colorful. My dry Alsatian Riesling was a knockout, pairing perfectly with the absolutely delicious grilled local trout (not from the East River, I hope!) and superb choucroute. Skipped dessert to make curtain, but we WILL be back to this civilized, creative place.Special Features:
- Beautiful place with mediocre foidJamesADined on 10/13/2014The place is particularly pretty. But the food was disappointing... Had chicken which was in a way too salty brown sauce. Not good at all.Special Features:
- Beautiful placeOpenTable Diner Since 2014Dined on 10/12/2014Great food and service. And it was relatively quiet for such a large NY restaurant-Definitiely a plus!Special Features:
- Perfect BrunchlehungryotterDined on 10/12/2014One of my friends had highly recommended Lafayette, and at first, I thought it would just be another formulaic New York brunch spot. I arrived and was very pleasantly surprised by the sight of people eating outside on the front patio on what was a beautiful day. I walked in, and it was styled in a traditional French manner, with natural light filling the room. A very packed room that exuded charming energy. My friends and I ordered the assorted pastries to share, which were AMAZING, and I ordered the soft scramble which came with brioche with pesto. I can still taste the brioche melting in my mouth. The service was very pleasant too, not too imposing but available and friendly. I loved the vibe and can't wait to go back again for brunch.Special Features:
- Great brunch, great serviceOpenTable Diner Since 2013Dined on 10/11/2014Delicious brunch. The eggs were so fluffy and fresh. The omelette melted like buttah in our mouths. The French toast was decadent. The home fries/potatoes were amazing -- crispy, salty, flavorful and not dripping in oil. Great coffee, too. The breadbasket had a great selection as well and each was delicious. Our server was attentive without hovering. She cheerfully served us even though our baby knocked over a water glass and broke it. Not the cheapest place around but the food and service were worth the premium.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Wanted to love for brunchRCSNYCVIPDined on 10/11/2014Beautiful looking self proclaimed 'hot spot' disappointed. Food was bland and served luke warm. Uninterested wait staff completed the experience. Manager/host attempt to rectify prior to leaving did produce probably the only thing there worth eating...a butter cookie. Plenty of other great places for brunch in nyc, including brazilia or five points down the street.
- OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIPDined on 10/9/2014The Moroccan chicken that I had was very good. However, I very much missed the broiled chicken for two which was about the best chicken that I have eaten in a restaurant.Special Features:
- Good restaurant near Joe's pubLizzieDined on 10/8/2014We celebrated our daughter's birthday and this was an excellent choice. Food was excellent with the exception of dessert. We tried corn I e cream ( excellent) with a plum concoction ( excellent) over a puffed pastry which was not good.Special Features: