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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.

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About 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 breakfast, lunch, brunch and dinner service.

380 Lafayette Street
New York, NY 10003
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
French, Contemporary French, Café

Hours of Operation:
Bakery:
7:30 am to close daily
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:
Monday - Wednesday: 5:30 pm - 10:30 pm
Thursday - Saturday: 5:30pm - 11:00pm
Sunday: 5:30pm - 10:00pm
Happy Hour:
Monday - Friday: 4:00pm - 6:30pm

Cross Street:
Great Jones Street or East 4th Street

Dress Code:
Smart Casual

Price Range:
$31 to $50

Payment Options
AMEX, MasterCard, Pay with OpenTable, Visa

Phone Number:
(212) 533-3000

Website:
http://www.lafayetteny.com/

Parking Details:
24 Hour parking is available on the East and West side of Lafayette St. between Great Jones St. and Astor Place.

Public Transit:
6 train to Bleeker Street, R/W to 8th Street, B/D/F/M to Broadway-Lafayette Street

Executive Chef:
Andrew Carmellini

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

Specials

Thanksgiving Dinner Special Menus & Offers

Thursday, November 23, 2017

Specials

Thanksgiving Dinner Special Menus & Offers

Thursday, November 23, 2017

Details

On Thanksgiving, Lafayette will be serving a three-course prix fixe menu from 12pm to 10pm. Guests will select their choice of hors d'oeuvres, entrées, and dessert. The menu is $110 per person and $60 for children 12 and under, excluding beverage, tax, and gratuity.

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.

Lafayette Ratings and Reviews

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4.4

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.3

service

4.2

ambience

4.4

value

3.7

Noise

Moderate

84% would recommend it to a friend

Great for Brunch (63)
Great for Lunch (55)
Fit for Foodies (53)
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Good for a Date (51)
Neighborhood Gem (51)
Good for Birthdays (48)
Special Occasion (45)
Casual (40)
Sunday Lunch (39)
Good for Anniversaries (37)
Great for Outdoor Dining (35)
Creative Cuisine (33)
People Watching (32)
Romantic (29)
Fun (29)
Authentic (27)
Afternoon Coffee (25)
Good for Groups (25)
Business Meals (24)
Notable Wine List (19)
Pre/post Theatre (19)
Cozy (18)
Comfort Food (16)
Quiet Conversation (16)
Hot Spot (15)
Handcrafted Cocktails (14)
Afternoon Tea (13)
Bar Seating (11)
Healthy (10)
Kid-friendly (9)
Seasonal (9)
Worth the Drive (9)
Good Vegetarian Options (8)
Vibrant Bar Scene (8)
Local Ingredients (7)
Quick Bite (6)
Scenic View (6)
Happy Hour (5)
Late-night Find (5)
Tasting Menu (5)
Paleo Friendly (3)
Organic (2)
Disabled Access (1)
Great Beer (1)
Vegan (1)
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined 4 days ago

Good experience excellent duck I would return

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined 6 days ago

Service extremely slow, and the restaurant was not full

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined 6 days ago

Ambiance and food are always fantastic at Lafayette. The fresh juices and pasties are must-tries.

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 (New York Area)·Dined 7 days ago

Very reliable French bistro food. Great Steak frites and wine list.

Tags: Good for Groups, Pre/post Theatre
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 (New York Area)·Dined 7 days ago

Really underwhelmed by this place. The front desk staff sullen and aloof. The Waiter and Sommelier were great and even thought there were many bottles week over a hundred she suggested a delicious bottle well under that. The food was really uneven - the roast chicken was not cook bloody and rare and had to be returned. We ordered fries for the table to have with our dinner and they never came. When we inquired about them we were told there was an accident and they were coming out. 15 minutes later....I man really this huge place where everyone is eating fries and even after they mess up it takes this long. Basically they were dessert. Along with the free one they gave us because of the raw chicken leg and inept kitchen. The dessert was fine a tall puff pastry and cream tower with chocolate sauce. Hard to go wrong. No one seems to be watching the kitchen or for that fact managing the restaurant. The mens bathroom was a horror show. Dirty towels over flowing from the waste bin, broken locks on the stalls and filthy toilets so disgusting we waited to get to the theater to go. I wouldn't return. Of and make sure they don't give you the booth by the toilet. So much for making an advance reservation for a birthday. wouldn't recommend it or return. Go to Balthasar they know how to run a restaurant and it's basically where Lafayette got the idea.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined 7 days ago

This place has a hard time having friendly competent service in line with their prices. Also the staff looks unhappy to be there

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Quiet Conversation
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 10, 2017

Never disappointed, although all previous visits were in warm enough weather to be seated outdoors. When I asked server's advice because I was debating between two entrees, she provided excellent information, not merely opinion.

Tags: Good for Groups, Creative Cuisine, Great for Brunch
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on November 8, 2017

We had a late breakfast with OUTSTANDING truffled scrambled eggs and a fresh croissant.

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·Dined on November 7, 2017

Great place. I love it. Food 3 Michlen stars. Tartar was so good. Burger one of the best in Manhattan

Tags: Comfort Food, Kid-friendly, Sunday Lunch, Special Occasion, Worth the Drive, Great for Lunch, Creative Cuisine, Business Meals, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 6, 2017

Everything was tasty and service was excellent. Oxtail ravioli was very special but a bit on the small side.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Business Meals, Great for Lunch, Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 5, 2017

Lafayette is a lovely restaurant with very good food and excellent service. Our only dissatisfaction was the intense noise level that greatly interfered with conversation at the table.

Tags: Sunday Lunch
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 5, 2017

Service was quite poor, the appetizer of tartare and French onion soups were good but the steaks and lobster pasta was terrible. They bring out a sparkly dessert tower as a show but literally take it away as soon as they put your actual dessert down, very strange.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 4, 2017

Wonderful French bistro. Great for breakfast. The Rhones are particularly good.

Tags: Good for a Date, Afternoon Coffee, Romantic, Casual, Great for Brunch, Authentic, Fit for Foodies
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on November 4, 2017

I came here today with my niece for brunch. I had the oatmeal, which was good, and my niece had the lemon pancakes. The pancakes were fine but certainly not worth the $20 price tag. We shared a pain au chocolate which was fine. And I had a latte which was rather small but fine nonetheless. I am not going to rush back here and I wouldn't recommend this place to foodies, but I do think they do a solid brunch and the service was good.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on November 3, 2017

We sat outside which was nice on a warm Fall night. The food was generally solid but the prices are a bit cringe-worthy, even for Manhattan. I don't mind paying up in some of the nicer restaurants but this place seems aggressive. French onion soup - $19 - which ends up be a ~$25 soup (including tax and tip). It was good bowl of soup but not worth 25 bucks! The desert was great.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 2, 2017

Had a breakfast meeting here- as always the pastries are fantastic. Had scrambled eggs and potatoes. Good as usual with great attentive service

Tags: Tasting Menu
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on November 1, 2017

Delicious.. service was excellent.. I did a good share w my girlfriend.. all dishes delivered were very tasty and perfect for sharing.. the purpose for the 4 stars was not being met at the check in w a knowledgeable staff member. He kept insisting he did not have my reservation.. when in fact Opentable followed up w all appropriate emails confirm my arrival time..
It’s tough when your first impression of a restaurant is the one that greets you first.. he was not someone I’d like to see Again when I return..

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for Birthdays, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Lunch
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·Dined on November 1, 2017

I hosted a customer to breakfast, and she recommended the place to me. Food was very good, service was attentive. My customer and colleague both enjoyed their meals. Lovely interior, pleasant ambience. I plan to return next time I am in the city.

Tags: Good for Groups, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 30, 2017

Great meal, good waitstaff but felt like they rushed us.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Quiet Conversation
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on October 29, 2017

rude staff and kind of pretentious for a place that is pretty much always empty!

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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 29, 2017

THE BEST HOT CHOCOLATE I EVER HAD!! The staff was so friendly and helpful.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies, Afternoon Tea, Good for Groups, Fun, Cozy, Sunday Lunch, People Watching, Casual, Good for a Date, Great for Lunch, Creative Cuisine, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Hot Spot, Comfort Food, Afternoon Coffee, Quick Bite, Great for Brunch, Pre/post Theatre
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 (Charleston)·Dined on October 28, 2017

The service is excellent and food is great. Considering the large size of the dining area, it is pretty quiet.

Tags: People Watching, Great for Lunch, Special Occasion
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 28, 2017

The steak frites was to die for. My Lafayette Old Fashioned was truly unforgettable. My out of town guests loved it, and the cake they brought for the 40 yr old birthday girl was just HILARIOUS. A great time had by all!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Groups, Good for Birthdays
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on October 28, 2017

First time there. Had brunch alone, everyone nice. Busy place - did not feel uncomfortable dining alone. Would go back.

Tags: Great for Brunch, Afternoon Coffee
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on October 22, 2017

One of my favorite spots for lunch and dinner. Menu is consistent and I’ve never had a bad item. Best outdoor seating in NYC

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on October 22, 2017

WE dined at Lafayette a few weeks earlier and wanted to try brunch, tried it , not impressed. We were greeted in a timely fashion and ordered water and drinks. Drinks came soon enough but champagne glass dirty and had to be returned. Over 20 minutes for the tap water, we had to turn around at the table and ask the bus person for the water ourselves. Ordered the Frissee salad to share for appetizer (first course) after 30 minutes still no app, waiter stopped by to inform us that the food was on way to which I reiterated the salad was first course, he agreed. A few minutes later everything arrive app and main course at same time! Mood killer! Still needs a lot of work on brunch, both menu and service! Better food, choices and service at BALTHAZAR!

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vip
 (Baltimore)·Dined on October 22, 2017

Amazing Bloody Mary with special garnish, egg dishes carefully prepared, yummy breads and pastries, lively vibe. The highlight may have been the smoked brisket burger!

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Casual, Sunday Lunch, Hot Spot, Fit for Foodies
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on October 21, 2017

Dinner at Lafayette was exceptionally delicious. The chicken was the best I had in a very long time, and the trout was equally wonderful. The service was good. We plan on returning here soon.

Tags: Hot Spot
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on October 21, 2017

Nice restaurant with great quality food. The service was somewhat slow and haphazard.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on October 21, 2017

Slow service, avarage food for high prices. But the place is gorgeous and so is the crowd. So if you want to see and being seen this is the place for you.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on October 21, 2017

The food was disappointing. I have been to Lafayette many times over the past 4+ years and I noticed a noticeable decline. Also, the restaurant was surprisingly not full. The leeks vinaigrette tasted as if they had been sitting dressed for a awhile and the spaghetti nicoise was largely tasteless and the fish didn’t seem fresh. Our hostess graciously took the spaghetti off our bill but obviously it would be far better to have enjoyed it in the first place. The wait staff were lovely.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on October 20, 2017

Bathrooms needed attention. Visited the ladies room twice and both times there were no hand towels or toilet paper in the stalls.

Tags: People Watching, Paleo Friendly, Fit for Foodies
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vip
 (London)·Dined on October 20, 2017

#bestbreakfastinnyc #comingbackhereforbreakfasteverytimeinnewyork #nicetouchspecialtreatfordaughtersbirthday #bestserviceinnyc

Tags: Kid-friendly, Creative Cuisine, Authentic, Quiet Conversation, Good for Birthdays, Great for Brunch, Romantic, Good for a Date, Fun, People Watching, Business Meals, Comfort Food
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 19, 2017

Too many other better choices for food. The decor was nice but the noise level was high and the drinks weren’t good.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 17, 2017

Lafayette has the genuine feeling of a Paris brasserie -- a large space
that isn't oppressive, with people enjoying their food and each other.
We were four and each of us had dishes that we thoroughly enjoyed,
including meat, fish, and pasta. There was nothing experimental
about the food -- it was simply good. A big sparkler arrived at
our table to commemorate the birthday we were celebrating, a nice
touch. The service was friendly. We had no complaints and will
return.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on October 17, 2017

Something really missing here. Nice space, food below Balthazar significantly. Lacking buzz or energy and overall purpose. Service meets tasks but uninterested. Needs a relook.

Tags: Afternoon Tea
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 17, 2017

It was too cold in the restaurant: My friend and I were sitting with jackets on.

Tags: Good for a Date, Good Vegetarian Options, Fit for Foodies, Authentic, Casual
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on October 16, 2017

The Lafayette never disappoints!! We had a wonderful evening with amazing food and service 😘

Tags: Great for Brunch, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Cozy, Local Ingredients, Good for Groups, Comfort Food, Seasonal, Handcrafted Cocktails, Tasting Menu, Hot Spot
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 15, 2017

We made reservation. We were early, and had 2yrs old with us. So we checked-in, but hostess never came to got us for 4omin. (Eventhough there were several empty tables, and we were sitting across from this hostess, near the bakery area. THEN, we sat and ordered food right away (since we were looking at the menu for 40min). Waited and waited. . . Food never showed up for 1:30min. Waiter sucked, hostess was worse, and the bill (2 Adults and 2 yrs old) was over $150 for brunch. . . Really? I usually like Andrew Carmellini's establishment--but THIS WAS TRULY AWFUL.

Tags: Fit for Foodies
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 15, 2017

Great brunch spot

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