Lafayette

4.5
2325 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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Private dining
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, 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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Specials

New Year's Eve Special Menus & Offers

On New Year's Eve, Lafayette will offer two seatings. In the 1st seating, our a la carte menu will be available with additional specials. Our 2nd seating features a four-course prix fixe menu with a champagne toast at midnight for $130 per person, excluding beverage, tax, and gratuity.

Monday, December 31, 2018

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 2325 People Are Saying
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89% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 5

For all the hype here it was just ok. The food was meh - the fries were soggy and cold and the service felt rushed and sloppy. The deserts however, were truly stellar. The decor and ambiance were terrific.

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RT
New York Area
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My friend was coming from out of town and got lost on his way to the restaurant. The girl checking guests in was kind enough to reassure me they would make something work for us. I was so grateful as they were busy and would have totally understood if I lost my reservation but they were kind enough to find a table and accommodate us.
Thank you so much!

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J
New York Area
18 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It can get loud but in warm weather months there
Are outdoor tables. Great food, friendly service. A great
Place for lunch, brunch or dinner.

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JS
New York Area
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 3ambience 5

Celebratory date with girlfriend

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A
New York Area
55 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 3food 1service 3ambience 4

The nicoise salad was not good at all the tuna was all different sizes and not the same colors on the pieces and had a funny taste. The bread was good.

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JS
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

WENT FOR PRE-THEATER LUNCH WITH 11:15 RESERVATION ONLY TO FIND THEY DON'T SERVE BETWEEN 11:30-12 NOON. BREAKFAST STOPS AT 11:30 AND LUNCH DOESN'T START UNTIL NOON.
DIFFICULT TO NEGOTIATE TO GET TO THE MATINEE AT 1PM

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M
New York Area
19 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 4

Lovely space. Very noisy. Nice waiters. Very expensive for what you get. 56.00 for a hamburger, plain no garnish and an onion soup and club soda.

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j
New York Area
56 reviews
Dined on December 9, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The food and service is always very good here, staff very attentive.

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AT
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on December 9, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

Nice looking restaurant but I found the food and service didn't warrant the prices. Service was below average and food was just okay.

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M
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on December 9, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

2 Things you absolutely have to try: the black macaroni (get it spicy) and the crispy duck. Their house-made french macarons and bread are also quite good. Cocktails are fairly unique and well done also.

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JK
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lafayette was perfect in every way. My parents were joining my husband and I for dinner and late from traffic. We had to make my sons show and we were able to order dinner for my parents so when they arrived it was ready. The food was excellent and the staff incredibly accommodating on a busy holiday night. I will be back again soon!

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SS
1 review
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Terrific staff, fantastic menu and the atmosphere is top notch. I took my granddaughter there for her birthday dinner after seeing The Nutcracker at Lincoln Center. It was a perfect way to end the day before our drive back to Massachusetts. The cheese plate, which we let the wait staff pick was a great mix of hard to semisoft cheese and with the bread from their bakery was almost enough for a full meal. My favorite was the Mimolette. I had the “Duck-Duck-DUCK” Bolognese, my daughter the Rotisserie Chicken Grand–Mère and granddaughter the Bistro Steak. All cooked to perfection. Most of our plates were completely empty. All except for the chicken because, well, it was 1/2 a whole chicken! We topped it off with coffee and dessert. Never rushed and quite comfortable. It's my fourth time eating there and I always leave more than satisfied. I'm looking forward to my next trip to the city so I can stop by again.

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C
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Overall it was a very nice experience. The service was excellent, our server was Leslie. She made food and wine recommendations that we really enjoyed.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 4

Comida mala y fría, por lo demás bien

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OT
Miami
2 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

Good was cold had to be sent back

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OT
Orlando
1 review
Dined on December 7, 2018
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 5

Horrible service nice place food was ok

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OT
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Lovely place to go if you go to the Public Theater. The food is almost French regular. The staff is nice.

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JM
Washington DC
52 reviews
Dined on December 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Just terrific.
Very welcoming
Good food.
Excellent service

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OT
1 review
Dined on December 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great atmosphere, great food, great service!

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s
New York Area
24 reviews
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

this is a great place for brunch, its always hopping with people waiting for tables. The baked goods are really good as are the egg and traditional breakfast dishes. This is not a value brunch with egg dishes in the ~$20 range, but its a fun place to hang out on a sunday afternoon

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d
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

nice ambience . service a bit slow bc it’s so busy

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Oxford
3 reviews
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Exceptional service and attitude of staff, very helpful and willing to make our visit special, recommend to all, will be back....

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BM
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was outstanding and the staff were very friendly and helpful! I would 100% come here again.

Great spot for a special occasion.

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OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 5

Disappointing service and meal

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GA
Houston
4 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Perfect pre theatre venue.

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RK
New York Area
35 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic French restaurant with outstanding modern French cuisine.

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

The welcome was good, the food was good, the service was not good; very slow and a complete disregard for us.

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SG
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 4

Booked for lunch. Despite limited brunch menu, food was very good.

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

I eat at Lafayette all the time. The food and service are great. I was disappointed this last time because we had a 9 PM reservation and did not get seated until 9:45. No one offered us drinks, an appetizer or dessert on the house for the wait and inconvenience. A small gesture like that would have gone a long way. And I am disappointed that they did not know better.

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F
Indiana
7 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The trout was amazing. It reminded me of eating food cooked over a campfire. And the seasoning of the mussels (was that curry? Cilantro? Anyway the seasoning was fabulous!! Everything was great down to the bread and butter. It was so good we came back after the theater for coffee and desert. Jon’s well done! Including the service.

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OT
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Got seated right away even though my friend was still walking over. This was my 2nd time back, wanted my friend who was in town to experience it as well. Did not disappoint. Food, service, all excellent. Our waiter was somewhat dry, not rude, but also not extremely friendly. He was ok... one of the managers checked on us quite a few times throughout the meal, so that kinda made up for it. Our reservation was at 2, and we stayed almost till 5 drinking mimosas and catching up. Great brunch!

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JD
London
3 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

Service was rushed

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PV
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

I've loved this place since I went the first time years ago. I've continued going for brunch whenever I can, especially when I have friends visiting the city, it's always a sure shot and they love it. Now that we have a baby, choosing brunch places takes some time and dedication, since NYC restaurants are not very kid friendly. The hostess was quick to accommodate us in a great table, making space so that we didn't have to take the stroller apart, a true delight! The waitress was wonderful. It was, as usual, a delicious Sunday brunch at Lafayette!

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A
New York Area
25 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Great lemon pancakes.

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OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on November 25, 2018
Overall 2food 5service 5ambience 1

Was a special occassion for a family reunion and they sat us next to the restroom

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D
New York Area
441 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Just excellent. The escargot at Lafayette I think are the best in NYC. We shared them. Next we both had agnolotti with sunchokes in a Parmesan foam. Just superb. All paired with a very very good premier cru Chablis. Very highly recommended

Besides food service from the whole staff great.

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IT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 24, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 4

I frequent this place often, usually has the right combo of great food and excellent service. The last time was different, no one really checked in on us and parts of our order were wrong and missing. I will still stop by for some of my fav dishes.

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PE
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

We needed a place where we there was a variety of bistro options for a group of 6. This was ideal - there were great burgers, pommes frites, salads, fish and cheese choices. Picky eaters and persons looking for interesting food were all happy. Not the cheapest bistro, but we would return.

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K
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

Lovely restaurant in great location with helpful and attentive staff but the food was not good.
My daughters strip steak was inedible, just a slab of gristle and the Bernaise butter had zero flavor. No salad or veggies, just a heap of French fries that looked as if they had come from Mc Donald's. I had the Mussles which were prepared with curry ( why? This is French restaurant!!) and were tiny and chewy, not plump and succulent.
Dessert was beautiful but small. Shame. Such a beautiful location!

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JH
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 23, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 4

Not good for vegetarians.

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