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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.
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.
Attentive yet unobtrusive service, great food, excellent range of wine & cocktails. The main dining room is spacious so it never feels crowded.
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.
The burgers, croque madame and unlimited rose never disappoint. Perfect place for outdoor dining in the neighborhood.
Excellent meal, delicious food, wonderful service, happy atmosphere.
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.
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.
The food is great and the service is very good. The only negative is that it can get very noisy.
Absolutely perfect place for brunch
Excellent interesting food
Prices high at bar, small amount and cosmo not made well. Food well worth the cost. excellent and friendly waiters eager to please.
Breakfast was disappointing - food was subpar and service was worse. What has happened, Lafayette?
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.
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.
Very nice restaurant. Food is good, but portions are on the smaller side so not the greatest if you’re really hungry.
Love everything about this place :)
Our server Chris made this dining experience nice and pleasant !
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.
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.
Exceptionally beautiful space, ideal for a long late lunch with a friend after a matinee at the Public. Friendly and attentive service.
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.
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
Great location for meal before going to show at the public theater
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.
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.
Everything excellent. Food, service, and ambiance. Especially love their escargots. As good as any you will get in France. Very highly recommended
Great brunch spot
It's very over-priced for what you get. The location is great for The Public.
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.
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.
The food was delicious and the service was excellent. Lafayette is a very pretty restaurant and we enjoyed our dinner.
Wonderful food and staff and the decor was very French.
I’ve booked this place because my friend had birthday. It was one of our best New York City experiences
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.
Wonderful Server, Wonderful Wine, Wonderful Oysters and Gem Salad! The ceilings are high and the lighting warm. Luxiorious yet humble in decor. Thank you!
While a little pricey the food is always amazing. Our server tended to our every need and was just lovely.
Muy rica la comida la ensalada de pollo es la mejor está súper deli !!
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.
Great food, lackadaisical service, consistently
Perfect brunch, the fluffiest panncakes I’ve eaten. Very serviceminded.
Everything was great