Lafayette

4.5
2519 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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Mother's Day Menus & Specials

On Mother's Day, Lafayette will serve breakfast 8am to 9am and brunch 9am through 3:30pm, with midday and dinner services as usual.

Sunday, May 12, 2019

Easter Restaurant Specials & Reservations

On Easter Sunday, Lafayette will serve breakfast 8am to 9am and 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 2519 People Are Saying
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MD
New York Area
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
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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S
New York Area
38 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was great

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KW
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is definitely a "treat" spot as prices for small plates were a little higher than those to which I am accustomed. I would have tried more things but I was very happy and satisfied with Moules Frite. There were so many dishes going to tables around me that looked as delicious as ours! I will definitely be back.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Two times in a row struggle to get drinks out

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L
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 4

Food was good. Service was okay. I had called the day prior to request and outdoor table and they ignored my request. We had to get up to get our own silverware after the food came. They brought our pastry basket after our meals rather than before because they forgot it. Would try again because it was good Food and ambiance but service isn’t.

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AK
New York Area
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 4

The food was good however the service was very poor. Even after reminding the waiter more than once he still did not get what we asked for. It also took ages for them to get the bill or get the waiters attention to ask for one.

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M
New York Area
77 reviews
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Too loud to talk at 9:15 but quieted a bit later in evening.

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D
New York Area
23 reviews
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Good food
Great energy
Enjoyed the team

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LE
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Friendly and attentive service, excellent food with interesting options in a pretty room with a nice ambience.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 10, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 4

Food was ok. Nothing special. Service was not very friendly. Nobody talked. Just delivered and took plates. Nice setting but did not meet my expectations.

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E
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on April 9, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

Good French food, lovely servers, pleasant restaurant as always.

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R
1 review
Dined on April 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Coming back for the second time this week
Try the crouque madam to change your whole life

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GR
London
5 reviews
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Honestly a little disappointed. I ordered a smoked salmon Benedict. Hollandaise and eggs were barely warm. I had to ask for salt & pepper. Espresso was excellent but we had to ask for tea spoons for the sugar. I know that if Chef Carmellini had been dining with me he would not have been pleased!

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Good experience

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Thank you so much for the great birthday experience!!

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GR
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

top welcome, food & atmosphere !
very kind service !
lighting cool & smooth.
... a bit noisy... not that disturbing.

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MA
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

I really like French cuisine, and in Lafayette, I enjoyed all the four appetizers we ordered, but not so much the main dishes: black bass and vegetarian pasta.

Our server was attentive; he swiftly changed the piece of cheese we disliked, so I appreciated that. However, the delay in getting the main dishes, then our coffees was too long. We got impatient and restless. The restaurant was busy, but still we expected a faster service.

Lastly, in my reservation, I specifically asked for a table away from the restrooms, then we were seated next to the restrooms!, which was annoying. There were better locations in the restaurant. It just that I realized it after I settled into my seat.

Still, I do intend to go again, because overall the experience was positive.

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d
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Been here before. had a reservation for brunch, made request when we saw our table was in the well to be moved but they said th y couldn't. Had the omelet with tomato confit which was disappointing because the tomatoes were unpeeled and the tops still had some core in them, They were almost raw as opposed to confit.

jerry morgan

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 3

Really good. I ordered the Benedict minus the Salmon since I’m a vegetarian, the portion was a little small. It would’ve been great if they added one more egg. Overall delicious food and pressed juices !

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MT
London
6 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 2ambience 3

The food was very disappointing. Wouldn’t go again

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

The late winter/early spring menu is a bit drab, but the quality and preparations are excellent. For the first time, I noticed that it takes forever to get drinks once ordered, even when the restaurant was not busy.

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MS
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A lovely restaurant food, ambiance and staff. Have been here many times doesn’t disappoint

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AF
1 review
Dined on March 31, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

We had a wonderful lunch at Lafayette. The location is beautiful, the food was delicious, and our waiter was great. The only issue was that the people at the front were slow, indifferent, and unapologetic when we had to wait 30 mins after our reservation time to be seated, which was such a shame because the rest of our dining experience was lovely.

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R
Miami
14 reviews
Dined on March 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food, service and ambience

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v
Los Angeles
114 reviews
Dined on March 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

We went to Lafayette for breakfast and the food was delicious. Both my daughter and her husband, who go there a lot, commented on the fact that the servers were slow and inexperienced. Otherwise it was great

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went for our anniversary. Everything was nicely done and we had a good time. Will return during the summer for another nice meal. Thanks

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CS
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

Both our dishes were very salty (Duck, Roasted Chicken)

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B
New York Area
57 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We enjoyed everything, food, service and ambiance. Great for family dining on the weekends.

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l
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Food was good but the menu was too limited for me. Also, it was very pricey and not good enough for the expense compared to other restaurants i frequent.

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E
London
2 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 4

Booked for 5 pm - only limited menu available. Be aware

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L
1 review
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very good food, service and ambience. Would recommend to a friend.

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NW
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a birthday dinner at Lafayette for our daughter and had a wonderful evening. Since, our group was large, 13 people, we had to have a family-style chef’s menu, which was absolutely delicious. Lots of food, wow!!! I forgot that 2 people are trying to eat gluten-free and didn’t mention that dietary restriction on the preference sheet, but 2 bowls of gluten free pasta showed up for them during the pasta/risotto course after my sister-in-law saw the printed menu for the night and asked about gluten! The wait staff was incredible - extremely attentive and very adept at maneuvering all the large platters and bowls on a fairly tight table and confined space. Even though we were told we would be at two parallel tables in the dining room because of our size, we were at one table, which we were very pleased about. It was cozy, but we all enjoyed being together at one table. I had never been to Lafayette Grand Cafe before and the vibe was definitely that of a cool French bistro. The pictures on the website don’t do it justice! Highly recommend!!! Btw, the cute macaron birthday “cake” with the large sparkler for the birthday girl was so fun!!!

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PS
New York Area
61 reviews
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First time at this outstanding restaurant. I cannot say enough about the attentive service. We were treated so good that I was sorry we were in a rush to get to the theater. My chicken dish was one of the best I’ve ever had. I cannot wait to return and have it again!

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OT
1 review
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food is great!

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SM
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on March 27, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 4

Menu is hit or miss - some items are very good (Duck, French Onion Soup), other items aren't (Escargots).

Service is always excellent. Prices are high. Dinner for two with glass of wine should not reach $200

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RQ
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on March 26, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 2ambience 3

Really overpriced for what you get. My special pasta was awful (my own fault for getting the special) and I felt sick after. It had a strange smell so i should have known. Got the carrot cake for after and it was dry and bland. I wont be back.

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BH
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on March 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My favorite neighborhood spot! Good, solid food; great bread; lovely environment; attentive staff. Excellent value especially for lunch!

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n
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on March 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Consistently reliably good. Service is always excellent, and the food well prepared. Good wine choices. A good choice for breakfast, lunch or dinner.

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S
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on March 24, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

I was meeting a friend whom I hadn't seen in a long time. It was a perfect spot. She loved it and said she'd come back.

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

Great atmosphere and low noise for such a large but appealing space. Food was very good.

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