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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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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AC
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
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 4 days ago
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
32 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
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
81 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
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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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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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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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
109 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
45 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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OT
New York Area
19 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a great meal at this very authentic French bistro. The brisket burger was amazing as were the desserts!

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A
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love this place. Amazing burger and almond croissant........................................................................

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s
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on May 22, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

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.

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w
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on May 21, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

Was NYU graduation and there were too many large tables filled with families ... staff wasn’t able to handle so many customers. Waited at least 30 minutes for our appetizer and had to ask for bread .
Too noisy and an unpleasant experience.

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DA
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Attentive yet unobtrusive service, great food, excellent range of wine & cocktails. The main dining room is spacious so it never feels crowded.

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MJ
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

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.

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MA
New York Area
144 reviews
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 2ambience 5

The burgers, croque madame and unlimited rose never disappoint. Perfect place for outdoor dining in the neighborhood.

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CG
New York Area
84 reviews
Dined on May 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent meal, delicious food, wonderful service, happy atmosphere.

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T
New York Area
83 reviews
Dined on May 15, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 4

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.

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a
Orlando
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food!

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HH
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

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.

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B
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food is great and the service is very good. The only negative is that it can get very noisy.

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a
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely perfect place for brunch
Excellent interesting food
Great vibe.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Prices high at bar, small amount and cosmo not made well. Food well worth the cost. excellent and friendly waiters eager to please.

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OT
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 3food 1service 2ambience 4

Breakfast was disappointing - food was subpar and service was worse. What has happened, Lafayette?

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SL
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 2food 5service 1ambience 3

Food Delicious!
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.

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j
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 6, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

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.

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MD
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 5, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 4

Very nice restaurant. Food is good, but portions are on the smaller side so not the greatest if you’re really hungry.

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p
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on May 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love everything about this place :)
Our server Chris made this dining experience nice and pleasant !

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S
New England
1 review
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 3

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.

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RI
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 2ambience 3

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.

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DL
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Exceptionally beautiful space, ideal for a long late lunch with a friend after a matinee at the Public. Friendly and attentive service.

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OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

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G
New York Area
307 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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
And French

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