Lafayette

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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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London
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect diner out with friends!

l
Caribbean
3 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent!

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OT
New England
2 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent French Food Restaurant, the staff is very friendly and professional, the place is stylish and elegant with beautiful European detailed decoration.
The food is delicious, my husband and I tried the bacon Brussels sprouts, the lamb tajine and the Roasted duck.
We’ll definitely go back for more.
Thank you!

J
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

I love to visit this restaurant when I’m in town. I also know that they use really good ingredients in their food. The coffee’s are excellent. When I visit New York I make a point of eating here at least once. If you don’t have time for a meal you can always visit their bakery section which is also very good.

JM
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Come here very year for Valentine’s Day. The service is amazing as always and the food never disappoints

b
Kansas City
2 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were referred here a couple of years ago by a bartender while visiting NYC......Suggested we come for the Croque Madame. We did and it was amazing. Two years later, we were back in NYC for our wedding anniversary and brunch at Lafayette was on our list of things to do. The Croque Madame was just as delicious as we remembered. Service is impeccable. Restaurant is charming. We wish we lived closer so we could try more things on the menu. Definitely one of my most memorable brunches - ever.

N
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, very personable service, good atmosphere.

QQ
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on February 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We had a great time to enjoy the good food in Lafayette.

EH
Dallas
2 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The duck is absolutely perfect in every way!

m
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 28, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Very nice decor, excellent service and food. Would definitely recommend it.

DD
Las Vegas
3 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Food was great. A little pricey without restaurant week menu.

OT
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always reliable brunch spot

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lafayette has been my favorite restaurant for years, and this visit was no different. The food is excellent, the cocktails are delightful, and it doesn’t try to be anything it’s not.

JC
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall3food4service3ambience3

Too dark had a hard time reading the menu

b
Atlanta
21 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Restaurant week was a good way to try out a few courses for a good price. Great service and food.

LH
1 review
Dined on January 20, 2020
Overall2food2service4ambience4

Staff was pleasant enough and professional . I took my niece for dinner after seeing the blue man group . The ambiance was satisfying . We were greeted at the door immediately by a pleasant young man . The restaurant was not busy . It was an early Sunday eve . The food came out very quickly . The presentation was blah . The food looked and tasted like it had been sitting awhile . Not fresh at all . The French onion soup had a rich flavor . The shank of beef was one bite of meat . I ordered the Brussels sprouts with smoked bacon . Nothing special and too salty .My niece ordered the black macaroni with seafood and tomato sauce . The cuttle fish was overly chewy and the sauce was very unbalanced with an overwhelming lemon flavor . I skipped on dessert because of the extravagant price and the uncertainty of freshness . They have an attached bakery and I felt the dessert may have been sitting for awhile .Overall I was disappointed . The price charged was not worth it .

ME
New York Area
37 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

I was looking forward to the French toast, but they ran out. This seems to be a popular dish, therefore it should be available until brunch is over.

OT
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience3

I have always liked Lafayette. And I have recommended it to many folks including clients. But this time it was so disappointing.

JK
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Good food, but overpriced for what it is. Nice atmosphere and fairly quiet. Attentive service.

ME
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on January 13, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Great food. Quieter than the likes of Smith, so is pleasant to talk. Bit expensive - good for a treat.

J
New York Area
45 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My family and I have dined here multiple times over the last few years and have always had great experiences here. Warm and welcoming, the staff is friendly and attentive, the food always top notch. French standards plus specials always done to perfection. Prices are not inexpensive but for what you get they are totally worth it. Don’t forget desert. Fantastic pastries and specials. Have never had anything that wasn’t great.

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 12, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great service! From hostess to wait staff, everyone was so lovely. Food was delicious and casual French, great option for brunch with a friend or a larger group.

OT
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Never disappointed at Lafayette. Food is great and they are so accommodating! Baked goods are the best.

OT
Key West
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food, wine and service were great. The place is a bit too noisy.

J
Denver
3 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience5

Stopped in for breakfast on a Saturday and was a bit more than what we were looking for. Initially we were looking for a quick bite, but we were so glad we stayed. The restaurant decor is very French feeling and the food was delicious. We had the lemon pancakes with fresh berries and Anson Mills oatmeal. Nothing fancy, but man were they scrumptious. The pancakes were substantial with the best berry compote on top. Didn't even need syrup. I love the oatmeal for it's simplicity, and the fruit stewed in cognac were superb! I would definitely go back and loved the location. Only fault was slow service for the check because they were having printer issues. Otherwise, a great choice!

f
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall5food5service3ambience4

Great meal, service was a bit lackluster.

OT
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on January 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delish authentic French food - unexpected in the US. Very good service, beautiful room, great vibe. Loved it!

J
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 9, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Nice place. What I was expecting as it was recommended by a trusted foody.

w
New York Area
19 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent well prepared food in a sophisticated setting . Service pays great attention to details.

A
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Service was excellent, especially given the crowd. The bacon was gooey and impossible to chew. The Virgin Mary crazy slaty. Yuck. Other food was good. The pancakes were drenched in fruit syrup though, which made them soggy on arrival. Scrambled eggs great.

D
New York Area
91 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Met old friends for brunch. We had the absolute nicest waiter! Simple orders - omelets and croque madame. All delicious. Good strong coffee - only complaint is that the milk or cream comes in tiny ramekins. Our lovely waiter was happy to bring more as requested however.

KC
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

we went to Lafayette on New Years' Day for lunch and it was surprisingly busy, but we were well taken care of and out in plenty of time to get to our show. Food was great, service felt personal and attentive. Decor is ok, comfortable and not quite as cramped as a real French bistro. Overall very very good and will definitely go again

k
New York Area
106 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious brunch as usual ❤️❤️❤️❤️

JG
Jacksonville
20 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Delicious French food in a great space

WH
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service
Comfortable seating
Friendly staff
Great food
We will gladly return

DA
Kansas City
10 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Incredible service. Amazing staff. I brought my mom to NYC after she brought me 30 years ago. This was her highlight.

N
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicioso!!!!! Es garantía 5 ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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EB
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2019
Overall4food3service4ambience4

I ordered the squab with black truffles at $60 and they cooked the sauce with truffles so that the aroma was gone. The truffles should be fresh so they can add to the aroma of the dish not cooked with the sauce.

KP
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Christmas lunch! Such a wonderful restaurant, wonderful food and team members! Our waiters recommendations were terrific! Thank you so much for a memorable meal! Merry Christmas’

OT
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall3food4service5ambience4

Christmas Eve. This was my third visit in the last six months. As always the wait staff is friendly , knowledgeable and courteous. I like the fact that the music is not too loud and overwhelming the conversation. This past visit, my guests and I ordered pasta dishes for our main course. Although good, we have found as on previous occasions that they were too salty. Salt can always be added if needed but never taken away. I cannot speak for other dishes on the menu at this time.