Lafayette

4.6
2809 Reviews
$31 to $50
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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  • Thanksgiving Menu at Lafayette!

     $110.00 per person
    Nov 26, 2020 only
    On Thanksgiving, Lafayette will serve a three-course prix fixe menu from 1pm to 8pm. Guests will select their choice of appetizer, entree, and dessert. The menu is $110 per person and $55 for children 12 and under, excluding beverage, tax, and gratuity.
What 2809 people are saying
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4.6based on recent ratings
4.5
food
4.5
service
4.6
ambience
4.1
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89% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipWensH
New York Area
20 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always wonderful.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall1food2service1ambience3

Terrible service

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vipJeanne
New York Area
21 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We made our lunch reservation for outdoor seating, and the restaurant kindly agreed. When we arrived, one of our party of 3 wanted to sit indoors because of the cold. The staff generously made the change, and we all felt that the ventilation and spacing and masking in the restaurant made us very safe even in the indoor seating.
The food was fabulous--I loved my short rib sandwich--and the staff was as always very courteous and professional. This restaurant always was, and still is, a favorite. We're so glad Lafayette is still open.

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MeaganC
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2020
Overall5food5service3ambience4

Great pomme frites and lemon pancakes. A ton of outdoor seating.

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vipnolly
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was amazing!!! Especially their baked goods. Super high quality and unique flavors.

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Nayatanya56
Memphis/West TN
2 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Sat outside under heat lamps and enjoyed a wonderful simple meal at Lafayette on a Saturday night! Felt safe. All staff in masks. Everything clean. Good service. Perfect ambiance outside!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2020
Overall5food4service4ambience4

The very best french fries! They world rival the fries in Paris!!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on November 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing job post covid

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MarkB
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is our favorite restaurant, great service, ambience and food. Well designed.

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NATK
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 8, 2020
Overall2food3service2ambience2

Food was mediocre. Service was soooo slow. Outdoor dining was not available because they said there was a separate reservation that I did not see. We left asap once we were done with breakfast

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vipBobF
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Another good brunch at Lafayette which has great food... The waiter Dylan F was very personable in customer service too.

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vipCatherineC
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My favorite restaurant. So perfect.

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FancyPants
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2020
Overall2food2service2ambience4

It’s a beautiful space. That night be the best thing going for it. The food is expensive and not really amazing. They forgot one of our dishes. The coffee was bitter and undrinkable. It took about 30 minutes between when we first ordered coffee and finally paid the check.

It’s a beautiful venue, I’m guessing maybe they just had an off night. Dinner was fine but likely won’t go back

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vipNeighborhoodFoodie
London
55 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food great service. Nice outdoor setting but needs more heat lamps with winter approaching.

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Nickname
1 review
Dined on October 24, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Outdoor dining was done well. However music was too loud. With outside traffic, no need for loud music. Next time we will sit closer to the corner of E. 3rd St

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vipbigdaddy
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Went for the fun atmosphere and we're happily surprised by the outstanding food. French bistro comfort food at its best!

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GaryS
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on October 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent experience. Loved everything! Would highly recommend this beautiful restaurant!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Oh the onion soup! Simply divine, the rest is not much worth writing about. I will always visit for the onion soup!

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vipMichelleL
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 17, 2020
Overall2food2service3ambience3

So disappointed as Lafayette is usually lovely. We had a 9:30pm reservation as that was the only availability for a party of our size. The minute we checked in, the host stated that we had to order right away as the kitchen was closing. This is something that should be communicated when we made the reservation, as I'm not sure we would've been okay with that. Maybe make your last reservation earlier then? I understand there are constraints right now but it automatically causes panic for the customer. Making the last reservation time 9 or even 9:15 would allow for a bit more time to read the menu and make choices. My friend and I shared the steak (we weren't very hungry and also thought it was quite pricey at $55) and it was fatty and chewy. You can get an amazing steak at so many other restaurants in the city for a more reasonable price. Finally, we were on our appetizers and the server notified us that it was last call for alcohol. So we had to scramble to finish our drinks and order another round in order to have drinks with our entrees. Another reason why an earlier last reservation time would be helpful.

I know we are all struggling with restrictions right now but it seemed like they were trying to squeeze in an extra seating but didn't really have the capacity to do so.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great meal and ambiance as always at Lafayette. Was a bit cold outdoors since our table wasn’t right next to a heat lamp

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
22 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2020
Overall2food1service1ambience2

Excellent front of house professionals;
Disappointed with unaccommodating kitchen and forgetful server.

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vipSunscreen101
New York Area
27 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The 4 stars are only because we sat outside and there is a fire station just a block away!

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VictoriaJ
1 review
Dined on October 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great outdoor socially distanced meal with older parents

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vipDerfy4
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely evening outdoor dining. Our server was so nice and the manager was accommodating. Loved the new edition to the menu which was a fondue. Hope that stays as it was a big hit with our group.

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StephenP
St. Louis
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic, as always! Lafayette has the outdoor seating down to a science and it was a great experience across the board.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Birmingham
1 review
Dined on October 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Baby shower brunch

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2020
Overall3food4service3ambience3

Had reservation for 4 at 830pm but was ultimately sat closer to 930pm. Granted it was the 1st day that indoor dining was allowed again so can understand that there was an increase in diners who wanted to eat at a restaurant, but overheard other diners also complaining about the restaurant being overbooked.

Service was OK, but be aware that bread is not provided and is a relatively small (~6 inch) baguette for $7 to be shared. The butter that accompanied it was great though.

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amys
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Good friends had a great time

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Mike
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Had a lovely evening, the service was attentive, the food wonderful. Should go there more often!

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vipSpencerN
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Nice place for outdoor dining. Their Baguet is fantastic!

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vipMattS
Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2020
Overall3food5service3ambience5

Food was yummy but service was sub-par.

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ShanMo
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 26, 2020
Overall3food4service2ambience4

Food was great, but we had to wait 35 min past our reservation to be seated

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 24, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

A lovely evening with a friend for a catch up. Tables spaced apart to make one feel comfortable and service was spot on. Perfect martini served!

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vipBrooklynRebecca
New York Area
25 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2020
Overall3food3service5ambience4

The service was wonderful and the outdoor dining setup is lovely, but the menu is very limited and the prices are too high.

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vipTBuck
New York Area
18 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food & service!! So happy this neighborhood staple is back - looking forward to indoor dining there soon.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I come often because of how much I love their Croque Madame! It is incredibly delicious. The waiters are really sweet and their outdoor seating area is beautiful. It is always a pleasure to come back here!

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vipfoodie
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience3

Food was really good, the outdoor dining space is great and very pleasant. The service wasn't the best, as I felt like the waiter that was assigned to my table kept rushing me and my friend to order fast, eat fast and wanted us to leave as soon as possible. Otherwise, the restaurant was good.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on September 19, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Lafatette is not the same as everywhere on this planet... Menu getting shorter, no Frech toast that’s what I prefer Lafayette.. Everyday is so sad...

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 18, 2020
Overall3food4service3ambience4

Love these guys, but had to wait 35 minutes past our reservation time for our 2 top despite being right on time.

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vipPeterF
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Outside dining was well done. Staff, food and ambience worked well.

FAQs

Lafayette does offer delivery in partnership with Caviar.

Lafayette is rated 4.6 stars by 2809 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.