Lafayette

4.6
2602 reviews
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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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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.
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New York Area
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 2

It was very hot in the restaurant. We asked several times to check the temperature but nothing changed. We enjoyed the food but we were uncomfortable throughout the meal because it was so warm in the restaurant.

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F
Miami
8 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 1

Waitress didn’t want to be at work. Took forever to even serve the wine. Had to ask her 2 times for everything. Restaurant had little a/c at 7pm
Been here many times in the past and something is different. People just don’t seem to care like they use to working there. Use to be a great place as little as /

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SM
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great quality food and outstanding service.

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LG
Sacramento
9 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Sunday brunch was fab

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F
Philadelphia
19 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

Not bad. But not a dining experience. Wouldn’t go back. Not a New York experience restaurant. Oversized French cate that is maybe good for a first date or tourist.

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F
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

I ordered a egg dish for brunch. It was very good, however to justify the $20 plus price there were a lot of eggs in the dish. I could not eat all those eggs. Service and ambience very good. Too expensive.

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OT
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Great service and lunch. Unfortunately the noise level at the table next to us made it difficult to converse.

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J
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on July 7, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 4

A friend and I decided to meet there for brunch given the large number of great reviews. We found the outdoor seating area pleasant and the food quite good. What was a bit of a shock were the prices - $12 for a juice, over $20 for most of the breakfast mains. I’m not sure if it’s just NY, but it seems like these prices were higher than they should’ve been. I definitely won’t be returning.

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AG
1 review
Dined on July 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and service! Would highly recommend. Thank you!

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OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had steak frites. Much better than Balthazar. Came late for a 10pm meal. Place very quiet & chill.

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PP
New York Area
26 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Lafayette has successfully made the transition from the 'hot' new place to a reliably excellent restaurant over the years. On our most recent visit, the Arctic Char special was particularly good, with a cucumber sauce. An outstanding summer dish. Service was attentive and friendly as always. The terrace is a joy in the summer and requests for outside tables are given appropriate attention. Lafayette never lets us down!

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OT
1 review
Dined on July 4, 2019
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 1

The service was slow - the waiters chatted on the side instead of serving the customers. The food was too salty. Quite a disappointment.

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N
New York Area
149 reviews
Dined on June 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lafayette offers a variety of delicious, well prepared dishes. Seating can be in either a charming dining room or pleasant outdoor area. Servers are efficient and knowledgeable.

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GR
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on June 30, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 5

Enjoyed the restaurant, but the service was not great. Our food came before our drinks for one and we had to flag the waiter down for everything. It was not that crowded either...

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OT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on June 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was great. Love the coffee. All the croissant were fantastic. Good variety on the brunch menu.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 2

Everything was great except they had no air conditioning in and it’s was almost 90 degrees outside.

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JO
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on June 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We enjoyed a wonderful dinner at Lafayette. Our dinners were delicious and the service was excellent!

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OT
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on June 25, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

The food and service was great...

However, the 3 women with their unruly kids one table over were really siatravting. The kids were longggg overdue and the women did NOT care. But what can you do? The staff handled it professionally.

Also it was 83 degrees outside and maybe 75 inside. I was sweating!!!

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DP
New York Area
49 reviews
Dined on June 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Dining outside on a perfect summer evening is always a pretty nice way to have a date, and the food and the service at Lafayette brings it all together very well.

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SM
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on June 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding service and Amazing food.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 5

Mediocre food at best but ambience and outdoor seating great. Excellent service.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I took my girl friends here for a birthday brunch and it was just as amazing as I expected and have read about. Delicious food, nice ambiance, and great service! Thanks!

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t
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on June 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was our 24 th anniversary and we were treated like gold. Wonderful restaurant

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MK
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Lafayette does a great job of recreating the experience of eating out in Paris, and it's a lot easier to get into (and less noisy) than Balthazar.

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AC
New York Area
18 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The service and the food are amazing! Almost everything we tried is delicious. Especially the lemon pancakes with berries. Instead of coffee order the cappuccino. The cappuccino is A+ Unfortunately the coffee is bitter and not very good. We will definitely return and we highly recommend Lafayette. The decor is French romantic so it has great ambience. Best pick for breakfast or brunch.

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R
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always delightful. Recommend for any occasion from business lunch to boozy brunch.

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J
New York Area
36 reviews
Dined on June 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My family and I have eaten here numerous times and never had anything short of a great meal. Friendly and welcoming hosts, attentive waitstaff, well prepared dishes and great ambiance. Standard French dishes are always terrific (onion soup, escargots) and interesting main dishes always good as well (duck breast especially). Can’t go wrong. It’s not inexpensive but worth the trip for sure.

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OT
New York Area
82 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 3

Lafayette’s food is very good
Wine list is great and the sommelier is truly helpful
It’s overall a good experience

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on June 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had the Salmon Benedict and French toast. It was incredible. I also ordered a side of eggs and bacon which was awesome. We will definitely be back...

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LR
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on June 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing staff. Very friendly host and hostess and amazing waitress

Great food and wonderful location.

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AG
Los Angeles
11 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 4

Burger is great. I asked jf they had foie gras on the menu and the waiter responded “the closest to that would be a Nicoise Salad”. That was pretty hilarious. Service is mediocre (distracted, no smiles, poor eye contact, reactive) and doesn’t deserve a 20pc tip. No restaurant in NY can compete with the service that Danny Meyer restaurants are able to give. None.

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DD
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food and service were quite excellent. Our waitress, Suwany, was very attentive and helpful. It was truly a wonderful dining experience.

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LB
1 review
Dined on June 2, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Lafayette is another great NYC restaurant. The only reason I’m giving 4 stars is Bc 5 stars I reserve 5 stars for the very very rare too food experience.The service was great and the French toast was superb!!!

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NY
New York Area
112 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Beautiful space, comfy banquettes, and some great menu items. Attentive service. The burger and beet salad were particularly good. We will happily return.

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S
New York Area
49 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is a predictable standby that never disappoints!

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L
Los Angeles
8 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 5

The service was outstanding! But the food was just meh. It’s cute and we sat outside which we enjoyed.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 1food 4service 1ambience 4

My in laws are French and have always enjoyed coming here when they visit. Unfortunately our experience today has made them not want to return. Our server was extremely rude, abrasive and inattentive. I can understand that on a busy Saturday it may get overwhelming to handle all of your customers. However that is no excuse for treating them with disrespect. When asked if there was whole grain bread, his response was “..this is a French restaurant, the French don’t eat whole wheat bread” which is both inaccurate and uncalled for. When trying to request a refill on coffee he ran past us and said “just wait” and proceeded to forget about us for another 15 minutes. We also witnessed his short temper with a table next to ours who had asked a busboy for something instead of him. The whole experience has ruined a family favorite and the parents have requested not to go back on their next visit.

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P
New York Area
45 reviews
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious food and wine in an amazing atmosphere. Great service as well. Highly recommend.

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FU
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on May 26, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

It is always great to dine at Lafayette. Service was great, food was delicious, enjoyed the time there!

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N
New York Area
37 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Escargot was dry. Not swimming in garlic butter. Mussels were tasteless. Sauce thin and lacking in flavor. Vaudovan curry tasted nothing like curry. And very expensive for what is offered.

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