Lafayette

4.5
2471 reviews
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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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Easter Restaurant Specials & Reservations

On Easter Sunday, Lafayette will serve brunch 9am through 3:30pm with midday and dinner services as usual.

Sunday, April 21, 2019

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 2471 People Are Saying
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New York Area
8 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Our server was super lovely! He was so cheerful and adorable. Our meal was good, the portions were smaller than anticipated, given the price, but it didn’t put much of a damper on our good time. Would love to return!

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Z
Houston
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 5

We liked the place, bright and sunny. However the food was ok, especially for the price. Good but nothing special. We had scrambled eggs, salmon with eggs and lemon pancakes- we all agree it’s was ok.
Service was a bit on a slow side but overall we had a good impression

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JY
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on March 12, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 5ambience 5

Menu was most uninteresting. Perhaps my fault but took the suggestion of the waiter but Chardonnay was very disappointing. The brisket burger was uninspiring, but the service was terrific and everyone from the hostess to the waiter were attentive.

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c
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 5

Very nice ambiance however the food is overpriced and the portions are tiny considering the cost.

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f
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 4

We expected so much more.
Service was not good. Slow and sides we ordered with our meal arrived after we were done eating.
Hard to flag down the server. Food was good when it showed up, but not nearly as good as the sister restaurants which we think are great.

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OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Perfect brunch spot.!

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JJ
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a great brunch. Service was spot on. Beautiful restaurant.

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OT
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

Fantastic night despite slow service. Although service was slow the food, wine and desert were all amazing. We were a happy table , in no rush so it worked. Maybe on a week night it wouldn't work but for Saturday night it was fine. They accommodated all our dietary restrictions perfectly. I would go back only when I'm not in a rush or expect typical NYC Express service.

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NY
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 4

We went to Lafayette for my father in-law's 70th birthday. Service was great and they accommodated that he wanted an apple pie for dessert instead of cake. Everything was wonderful!

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D
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Food and waiter were great. Very noisy

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b
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great brunch. Beef Tartare excellent. Great service.

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OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 3food 1service 3ambience 4

Food was just ok. Very disappointing.

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SW
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Wonderful evening at Lafayette. Food + service + ambiance gave us a perfect evening to celebrate with friends.

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m
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on March 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This by far is one of the most fabulous restaurants, may be my favorite by this group. Pasta in a French style? Yes please!

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F
New York Area
123 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lafayette is our go to restaurant when we have tickets for a play at The Public Theater. Consistently excellent food and service and this night was no exception. Lisa, our Server, was warm and welcoming and offered helpful suggestions for food and libations. Lafayette will cater to special diets which is helpful as I’m on a Keto diet. I particularly enjoyed the Bistro steak

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CM
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

The food was very good. The service was OK but they really pack people in so it's not a great dining experience overall. Plus we were seated next to the host's desk which is the worst possible location as they have about 4 hosts behind the desk who are rushing about. I would consider going back as the food was good but I wouldn't stay if it was as crowded as it was for Saturday brunch.

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JL
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 4

The special of the day as a starter was a Camembert cheese in a puff pastry. As most starters were around $20 I understood that the price was $18. We took one to share to find out that the price was $80 which is a total rip off

It was good but clearly did not deserve such a price. Be careful with the prices that are not on the menu one could get huge and bad surprises

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BF
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food and service were impeccable. The escargot was melt in your mouth perfect. And my elderflower martini had a lovely citrus splash. My friend loved her steak and I thoroughly enjoyed my burger which was perfectly seasoned and perfectly cooked. A special shoutout to the manager who checked up on us to make sure that everything was to our liking but wasn’t overly invasive. Thanks to all for a lovely experience.

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KH
1 review
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The staff at Lafayette were so accommodating! We had fewer people than our reservation and they were so understanding. We will absolutely go back again and again! Coffee and pastries are superb!!!!

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s
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always an amazing experience- great food and beautiful ambiance

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m
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent as always. Oysters are always fresh and delicious. All entrees were great.

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EP
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on February 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Beautiful space and delicious brunch and pastries. Spent a leisurely two hours there without being rushed out. Felt like I was in Europe where people value meal time and are allowed to linger and enjoy the experience.

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R
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on February 24, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Overall great restaurant for brunch. The only bad thing was the wait. I had booked the reservation for 1pm for last Sunday. For whatever reason, we weren't seated till 130. It would have been nice if they offered drinks on the house for making us wait 30min. Maybe the maitre d' needs to be taught how to handle a simple situation like this

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KF
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on February 24, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

Lafayette is a great, reliable spot for brunch/lunch. The food is a bit overpriced but it's a great location with good service and a fun ambiance.

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H
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

We loved our server, and the service was wonderful. The birthday sparkler was a nice touch!

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D
New York Area
444 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent dinner. Shared superb escargots. We had the agnolotti and the rotisserie chicken. For dessert where’d the ice cream. Restaurant very Parisian. Highly tecommended

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OT
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Food was average. Nothing mind blowing

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LD
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 4

We just felt the food wasn’t that good for the price. Not sure if prices have gone up or if it’s just been a while since we have been. Menu was very limited which is normal for a French bistro. We ordered a wine recommended by sommielier and it was quite sour even by Sancerre standards. So all and all not worth the cost.

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IH
Key West
2 reviews
Dined on February 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Interesting menu and excellent service. Loved the beet salad and the mussels.

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MF
London
12 reviews
Dined on February 19, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Pleasant lunch at Lafayette.
Nice bistro atmosphere.

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B
Miami
45 reviews
Dined on February 19, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Music was playing much too loud right over our head for a business lunch and it’s not necessary. Low is more atmospheric. For a business lunch I’m going to look for some place quieter.

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Stunning ambiance, breathtaking flavors. The Sunchoke Agnolotti was impeccably balanced, rich and flavorful yet delicate. The Chicken Grand–Mère a hearty plating. Pomme-Frites are a must for the thin, crispy & lightly salted, fry lover. Roasted Cauliflower was also delicious, slight heat from the chili, and drop of sweet from the love I assume.

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PM
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 5

The wait for the table was too long. The service was not warm. My food had refrigerator taste. Maybe a bit over ambitious in getting the meals out quickly to turn over the tables.

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n
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 1

In a word, disappointing. I took a 3 hour train ride to celebrate my son’s birthday. I wanted sparkling wine, you were out of most things. My husbands coffee was cold. My son’s Bloody Mary ( was supposed to be a bloody Marie) was watery. Food was fine but not worth the money. I wish I celebrated somewhere else. We will never be back.

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OT
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on February 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We enjoyed Sunday brunch for our daughter’s 30th birthday. It was delicious and the service was equally as good.

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GJ
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What a fantastic evening we had. The atmosphere is so French, being in Paris 2 weeks ago brought us back. Food was amazing, the east coast oysters were delicious, we had the strip steak and was cooked perfectly. Went for lunch 2 days later. Love it here. Will be the first stop back when we return.

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OT
New England
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

AMAZING. The server was very enchanting and our surprise anniversary macaroons was really thoughtful. Thank you!!!

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ND
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Lovey atmosphere, great wait staff. Although the food was adequate, it did not equate to the price. I had the steak tartare and it was the one item of the eight we ordered that was very good. I also had the mussels and they were sweet and tender but minuscule . The broth with them was fine but not as flavorful as other mussels I have had. We were a party of four and everyone felt my tartare was the best item on the menu. For five drinks, 4 appetizers and 4 main courses, no desert the bill was $110 each.

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B
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Overall, a very good experience. We really enjoyed the Brussels sprouts appetizer, black macaroni pasta with seafood and the seared scallops special with black truffle. All three were delicious. We also enjoyed getting a drink at the bar beforehand and liked the energy of the place overall. Bit pricey but found it more reasonable than a lot of other restaurants of this caliber. Definitely will be going back.

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OT
Pittsburgh
2 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 1ambience 4

The food was great, but the service mixed up our beef tartar with beet salad, forgot our oysters, and forgot our wine refill after saying they would get it.

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