Lafayette

4.6
2186 reviews
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$31 to $50
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French
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 breakfast, lunch, brunch and dinner service.
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Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
French, Contemporary French, Café
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Hours of operation
Bakery:
Daily: 7:30 am to close
Breakfast:
Monday - Friday: 8:00am - 11:15 am
Saturday & Sunday: 8:00am - 10:00am
Lunch:
Monday - Friday: 12:00pm - 3:00pm
Brunch:
Saturday & Sunday: 10:00am - 3:00pm
Afternoon:
Daily: 3:00pm - 5:30pm
Dinner:
Sunday: 5:30pm - 10pm
Monday - Thursday: 5:30pm - 10:30pm
Friday & Saturday: 5:30pm - 11pm
Happy Hour:
Monday - Friday: 4:00pm - 6:30pm
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Phone number
(212) 533-3000
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Payment options
AMEX, MasterCard, Pay with OpenTable, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Executive chef
Andrew Carmellini
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Great Jones Street or East 4th Street
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Parking details
24 Hour parking is available on the East and West side of Lafayette St. between Great Jones St. and Astor Place.
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Public transit
6 train to Bleeker Street, R/W to 8th Street, B/D/F/M to Broadway-Lafayette Street
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Private Dining

Lafayette offers two private dining rooms to accommodate parties of 8-200, as well as the opportunity to book buyouts of the restaurant for up to 500 guests. Our event program features custom, chef-designed menus and personalized service from a team of event planning professionals.

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What Insiders Are Saying

The Infatuation
8.1

Balthazar, you had a good 16-year run, but it’s time to step aside. Lafayette is now the quintessential French bistro of bustling downtown NYC.

Ratings 8.0-8.5:The best way to think about restaurants in the low to mid 8′s is that these are the places you would absolutely go back to, anytime. These restaurants are ones that you want to bring a friend to, just so they can also experience the duck carnitas, or burger, or whatever dish the place is known for.
What 2186 People Are Saying
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SL
Baltimore
63 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were celebrating our anniversary in NYC and Lafayette was the perfect spot to celebrate a special occasion with friends. The atmosphere is warm and friendly and the food was outstanding! Don’t miss the French Onion soup and treat yourself to dessert. The Duck, Duck, Duck Bolognese was also outstanding! Service was top notch! Thank you Kevin! Great place! We will be back, Brian!

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JM
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I was not only impressed with the food (never skip the almond croissant), but the service and attention to detail are top notch! What a fabulous birthday firework display as well - made brunch very special!

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ZH
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The only negative thing was that our booth for two was located right next to the servers station so we felt slightly crowded from that.

The Dry-Aged strip steak was incredible and both my cocktails were outstanding. Will definitely come back!

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LI
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved the food and service and amazing location . Really great food

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O
New York Area
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

All around great place...food, service and ambiance all perfection!

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Kent
10 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

Largely a pleasant experience. Friendly and attentive staff. Chilled tomato soup excellent, frites perfect but steak over seasoned: too much salt. Though nicely rare.

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T
New York Area
28 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Great room to hang out in. Great food. Good service. This place is just a comfortable beautiful spot. It gets super busy at brunch. We were there on a Tuesday and it was very quiet. We love it.

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OT
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved! Felt like I was in France. Cute bakery in front for yummy treats.

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OT
6 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved the fabulous brunch!

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a
New York Area
84 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

Pastis/McNally wanna be. Chicken dry, almost inedible. Trout disgusting. $35 cocktail that wasn’t worth it. (Btw tip to bar tender...you don’t handle the ice with your hands...Mgmt take note). Muscles tasteless. All in all don’t go.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 3

Best fries in NYC

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 9, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 3

They took 60 minutes to seat us and roughly 20 more to even take our order. I was relatively disappointed because we had two pregnant women in the group who were struggling. We even brought it up to ask them to seat us sooner and they offered nothing other than we have to wait. They did give us free dessert at the end but everyone was pretty worn out by the time they came.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, good space, and cozy lighting. Great place to impress out of towners and busy noise but not crazy loud so you can really hear your party.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 3

We went to check out Lafayette as a potential venue for an intimate wedding reception. We decided to do an initial check of the food and area. Pastries were delicious; beef tartare was fair, definitely have had better; and the salad was mostly Romaine lettuce. The cocktails were delicious and not too expensive. We asked to speak with someone about the private rooms, we were told a manager would come but never did. It was a bit of a disappointment but for brunch I think it works.

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NY
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Terrific restaurant. A bit loud. Food was great: salads, duck w cherry-based sauce. Staff were extremely helpful and attentive.

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S
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2018
Overall 5food 3service 5ambience 5

Very nice.An excellent cheese plate. All is good, with attentive service. Great large windows
letting in the light. Outdoor seating, if the temperature is OK

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P
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This would be th Marquis de Lafayette's favortie restaurant in the United States.

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KI
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

TJ was a gracious, kind server. Loved the southern hospitality he provided to us.

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R
New York Area
70 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The restaurant is conveniently located near the Public Theater. The atmosphere is casual and the food is very good

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TB
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

The food was good, the outdoor tables were pleasant though noisy, but the price was way too high for the quality. The only thing a little special in any of the meals we got was their interesting take on profiteroles for desert. We liked the wine selection but the prices for comparable wine at many better restaurants in the neighborhood are a few dollars per glass lower.

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JN
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

excellent, I love it!
its a must when you visit ny
very good idea for Saturday brunch

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k
Chicago
13 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love the Gem salad!!!! Bottle the dressing!!!

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ST
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2018
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 1

AVOID! What a disappointment! Everything was sub-par: atmosphere, service, food (was fine, but not up to the standard we expect from this restaurant group).

Most notably, the hostesses were particularly unfriendly from the moment we arrived and rudely refused to accommodate our request to re-seat our party with more space and privacy for our special occasion, despite the fact that the restaurant had plenty of free tables the entire time we dined, including the specific table we had requested in advance when confirming by phone and then again upon arriving. Instead, they had all diners seated clustered in a tight area practically on top of one another.

Wine selection was interesting and service of wines was professional (the sole bright spot and only friendly face all evening). However, will not return and do not recommend.

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VS
London
4 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Food and ambience was good, service was good but quite slow.

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TK
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

With four visits in a months time, Lafayette ranks as royalty to me. Their golden breakfast is a delight, especially the lemony sweet pancakes. The ambiance is lightly upscale while remaining charmed and inviting. I'd like to thank the wait staff for offering the utmost in professionalism and hospitality!

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MM
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 27, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

The food and drinks were stupendous as usual, however it was unfortunate the air conditioning was impaired. Still a great dining experience.

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OT
1 review
Dined on August 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was amazing! It was my moms bday and they were prepared with a tower cake and a blow torch style candle. The food and service were phenomenal.

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b
New England
2 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 4

The portion size for the pasta was the smallest I’ve ever been served in

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T
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We ate outside for brunch. Food and service was excellent. Presentation was really lovely. Frisée salad was great and plentiful! My guests were delighted with their food, beet salad and salmon Benedict.

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Love this place, but be warned that they cook meat more done than most places (there was no red in my medium rare steak). Plan accordingly, because it's still worth visiting. Cold tomato soup with tarragon- olive oil ice cream. Yum!

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J
New York Area
22 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

No solution, but being half a block from the local fire-station makes for some VERY noisy moments, especially when eating outdoors. Otherwise, it's lovely.

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TC
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Absolutely love this place. A customer since they open. Best Bread (Pain de Campagne) in NYC.

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MM
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

I took a couple of very close friends who had just gotten married to celebrate the occasion. We had a nice corner table that allowed us to take in the ambiance. We were ably assisted with our wine selection and were very pleased with it. We were able to take advantage of the Restaurant Week special and thoroughly enjoyed the food and dessert. Overall, a very satisfying experience.

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J
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had a great time here catching up with my former French instructor. We both loved the food and ambiance - it's a great place to spend an evening or afternoon!

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BS
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

I went for Restaurant (Three) Week(s), so the food was a tremendous value and delicious. I also went on a quiet Friday night, common in August and great for people who stay in town and want to try top restaurants. Delightful servers who moved in and out beautifully. The table across had a stupendous Birthday cake surprise which I'd say...sign me up...My client-friend loved it and it will be on our list when he comes. I would certainly come and eat on my own...I like duck (there is a lot of duck). I am sure on regualr nights with wine money will be spent...but spent well.

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OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 3

Terrible service.

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BK
1 review
Dined on August 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food chefs put time in creating the food that is presented and taste beaulfuly

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D
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 1ambience 4

It took 25 minutes to get the dessert. Our waiter disappeared for more than 30 minutes. Service is extremely slow.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My partner and I headed here with the intentions of participating in restaurant week. But we were early for our reservations, got (dangerously good) cocktails at the bar, and ended up perusing the regular menu. After deciding we’re really not dessert people, we skipped the (delightful sounding) restaurant week menu. My partner had the duck and I had pasta with seafood. Both were excellent. And the service was wonderful and attentive without being annoying and overbearing. Definitely will be making a trip back here.

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PS
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 4, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 3ambience 4

my only complaint is that there were so many people servicing our table that we couldn't tell who was doing what. Oh, also my husband had the risotto and thought it had too much tomato sauce unlike other risottos he's had

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