Lafayette

4.5
2557 reviews
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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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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.
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New York Area
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

A charming place whose claim to fame is probably their bakery. Everything is made on premises and is delicious -- the crusty bread, the desserts. OMG, the chocolate tart with sorbet is to die for. The Decor is charming and people watching over the top. Our meal itself was very good -- not super fantastic, but hearty, well prepared bistro food. I'm sure they fancy themselves in the gourmet class but I wouldn't go that far.

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DA
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Attentive yet unobtrusive service, great food, excellent range of wine & cocktails. The main dining room is spacious so it never feels crowded.

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MJ
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

The place is laid back atmosphere. We were a party of four and our waitress (Lisa?) was phenomenal! I ordered the aged steak and that was good, not great. The rest of the party had trout (fabulous) and a seafood medley (also fabulous). The drinks are really good. Would recommend to others for its non pretentiousness, excellent service and value for NY. Great area to just walk around and bar hop afterwards.

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MA
New York Area
144 reviews
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 2ambience 5

The burgers, croque madame and unlimited rose never disappoint. Perfect place for outdoor dining in the neighborhood.

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CG
New York Area
81 reviews
Dined on May 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent meal, delicious food, wonderful service, happy atmosphere.

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T
New York Area
82 reviews
Dined on May 15, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 4

Very pleasant looking French style restaurant. The food is very good but the service was terrible. You needed a flag to get the wait staffs attention. They would walk right towards you but never actually looked up to see if anyone needed them. Amazing.

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a
Orlando
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food!

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HH
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Despite reserving a month in advance for Mother’s Day we were sat in a booth behind the maitre d’s station, instead of up the stairs near the windows. Also, I was in the direct line of the exterior curtain and front door on a cold, rainy day. That aside the service was excellent, the food wonderfully prepared and the atmosphere up-beat and lively.

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B
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food is great and the service is very good. The only negative is that it can get very noisy.

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a
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely perfect place for brunch
Excellent interesting food
Great vibe.

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New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Prices high at bar, small amount and cosmo not made well. Food well worth the cost. excellent and friendly waiters eager to please.

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OT
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 3food 1service 2ambience 4

Breakfast was disappointing - food was subpar and service was worse. What has happened, Lafayette?

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SL
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 2food 5service 1ambience 3

Food Delicious!
For the first time ever, the Service was abominable. All the tables around me were complaining.
I hope things improve as this is a favorite spot for us.

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j
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 6, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

The food was very good. However, my guest and I felt the waiter was a bit intrusive and seemed to be rushing us. He was not very friendly. Lastly, I put down that I wanted a birthday dessert in my reservation comment section for my guest (whose birthday it was on that day) and nothing happened. Request was totally ignored.

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MD
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 5, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 4

Very nice restaurant. Food is good, but portions are on the smaller side so not the greatest if you’re really hungry.

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p
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on May 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love everything about this place :)
Our server Chris made this dining experience nice and pleasant !

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S
New England
1 review
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 3

This place has gone downhill...watery soup, cold pasta, and an apparent desire to cater to the sort of braindead cretins who think a sparkler jammed into a cake is cause for jubilation. Oh, and the service? Self-service...be prepared to get up and request things yourself, and don’t expect anyone to stop and ask how your meal is (to be fair, they’re aware they’re serving cold entrees, so why bother?). Not recommended.

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RI
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 2ambience 3

My experiences are usually very good here. One of my favorite restaurants in nyc. The only time that I felt like we weren't being acknowledge was when we were briefly sitting outside. Took a very long time for anyone to come check on us, until we waved to the server that we wanted to go seat inside.

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DL
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Exceptionally beautiful space, ideal for a long late lunch with a friend after a matinee at the Public. Friendly and attentive service.

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

Amazing! The brunch service was incredible. Beautiful outdoor patio. The food was spectacular. The lemon pancakes and soft scrambled eggs with truffle could make you cry. Eat here.

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G
New York Area
301 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great. Hostess seated us at a quiet Table Per request . Great menu for brunch
Food was fragrant
Best of all the service was superb and vibe fun
And French

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PC
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on April 28, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Great location for meal before going to show at the public theater

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LB
San Francisco
14 reviews
Dined on April 28, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

This is one of the better places in the neighborhood for an 'adult' meal: good food no banging soundtrack that prohibits conversation. There's a special birthday surprise if you write it in the comments when you reserve, or tell one of the staff when you arrive.

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J
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 4

Excellent food. It’s so popular that the swarm of people and the noise level takes away from a lovely setting. The lower level would be claustrophobic I think. We sat in the upper level with the open feel.

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D
New York Area
449 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything excellent. Food, service, and ambiance. Especially love their escargots. As good as any you will get in France. Very highly recommended

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

Great brunch spot

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KS
1 review
Dined on April 26, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

It's very over-priced for what you get. The location is great for The Public.

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New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 25, 2019
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 2

The overall experience of this place doesn't add up. Prices are high, the service is poor. Not even a pretense of caring about the diner's experience, just perfunctory machinations of a busy restaurant with a dash of cooler-than-though attitude and a burning desire to be Balthazar.

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M
New York Area
31 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

The food and the service were outstanding. The noise level was tolerable because we were there quite early, but it can be deafening at full capacity.

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J
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on April 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was delicious and the service was excellent. Lafayette is a very pretty restaurant and we enjoyed our dinner.

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Charlotte
1 review
Dined on April 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful food and staff and the decor was very French.

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Austria
1 review
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I’ve booked this place because my friend had birthday. It was one of our best New York City experiences

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Baltimore
7 reviews
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great Easter Sunday breakfast. Beautiful restaurant with wonderful ambience. The waiter was very friendly and accommodating. Delicious food. We visit this restaurant every time we go to NYC.

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New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful Server, Wonderful Wine, Wonderful Oysters and Gem Salad! The ceilings are high and the lighting warm. Luxiorious yet humble in decor. Thank you!

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OT
New York Area
36 reviews
Dined on April 20, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

While a little pricey the food is always amazing. Our server tended to our every need and was just lovely.

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OT
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on April 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Muy rica la comida la ensalada de pollo es la mejor está súper deli !!

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MD
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As a returning customer, I again found dinner at Lafayette a delight. It fulfilled my expectations completely. Our server was attentive and personable; other wait staff gentlemen who took care of us were very pleasant. The food was delicious, especially the duck. I tried a new champagne with hints of strawberry and enjoyed. In addition, the location of the restaurant is quite good for nearby activities. In our case, we were heading to the Public Theater. The Lafayette was the start of a remarkable evening.

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CL
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on April 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 4

Great food, lackadaisical service, consistently

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AR
1 review
Dined on April 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Perfect brunch, the fluffiest panncakes I’ve eaten. Very serviceminded.

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S
New York Area
41 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was great

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