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About Lafayette

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.

380 Lafayette Street
New York, NY 10003
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
French, Contemporary French, Café

Hours of Operation:
Bakery:
7:30 am to close daily
Breakfast:
Monday - Friday: 8:00am - 11:15 am
Saturday & Sunday: 8:00am - 10:00am
Lunch:
Monday - Friday: 12:00pm - 3:00pm
Brunch: Saturday & Sunday: 10:00am - 3:00pm
Afternoon: Daily: 3:00pm - 5:30pm
Dinner:
Monday - Wednesday: 5:30 pm - 10:30 pm
Thursday - Saturday: 5:30pm - 11:00pm
Sunday: 5:30pm - 10:00pm
Happy Hour:
Monday - Friday: 4:00pm - 6:30pm

Cross Street:
Great Jones Street or East 4th Street

Dress Code:
Smart Casual

Price Range:
$31 to $50

Payment Options
AMEX, MasterCard, Pay with OpenTable, Visa

Phone Number:
(212) 533-3000

Website:
http://www.lafayetteny.com/

Parking Details:
24 Hour parking is available on the East and West side of Lafayette St. between Great Jones St. and Astor Place.

Public Transit:
6 train to Bleeker Street, R/W to 8th Street, B/D/F/M to Broadway-Lafayette Street

Executive Chef:
Andrew Carmellini

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Specials

Valentine's Day Special Menus & More

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Specials

Valentine's Day Special Menus & More

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Details

On Valentine's Day, Lafayette will serve a three-course prix fixe for $98 per guest, excluding beverage, tax, and gratuity. Our cancellation policy is 48 hours: late cancellations are subject to a charge of $50 per guest.

Private Dining

Lafayette offers two private dining rooms to accommodate parties of 8-200, as well as the opportunity to book buyouts of the restaurant for up to 500 guests. Our event program features custom, chef-designed menus and personalized service from a team of event planning professionals.

Lafayette Ratings and Reviews

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4.5

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.4

service

4.3

ambience

4.5

value

3.8

Noise

Moderate

85% would recommend it to a friend

Great for Brunch (59)
Fit for Foodies (52)
Great for Lunch (51)
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Good for a Date (48)
Special Occasion (41)
Good for Birthdays (41)
Casual (38)
Sunday Lunch (38)
Good for Groups (37)
Neighborhood Gem (37)
Good for Anniversaries (36)
Romantic (32)
Business Meals (30)
People Watching (30)
Afternoon Coffee (28)
Creative Cuisine (25)
Pre/post Theatre (25)
Authentic (24)
Fun (24)
Cozy (22)
Great for Outdoor Dining (20)
Comfort Food (18)
Quiet Conversation (16)
Vibrant Bar Scene (15)
Afternoon Tea (14)
Notable Wine List (14)
Bar Seating (14)
Hot Spot (13)
Handcrafted Cocktails (12)
Worth the Drive (11)
Kid-friendly (10)
Seasonal (10)
Healthy (8)
Happy Hour (7)
Late-night Find (6)
Quick Bite (6)
Good Vegetarian Options (6)
Local Ingredients (5)
Scenic View (5)
Tasting Menu (3)
Vegan (3)
Great Beer (2)
Paleo Friendly (2)
Disabled Access (1)
Organic (1)
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 (New York Area)·Dined 3 days ago

Always great meal ! Always consistent great service , and fun fashionable crowd ! We always enjoy the total experience!
New York icon !!

Tags: Afternoon Coffee, Scenic View, Bar Seating, Good for Birthdays, Vibrant Bar Scene, Notable Wine List, Good for Groups, Authentic, Comfort Food, Fun, People Watching, Fit for Foodies, Afternoon Tea, Hot Spot, Sunday Lunch, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Cozy, Worth the Drive, Happy Hour, Great for Lunch, Great for Outdoor Dining, Quiet Conversation, Great for Brunch, Neighborhood Gem, Business Meals
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 (San Francisco)·Dined 6 days ago

Delicious and delightful in every way. Spectacularly perfect omelette in charming french ambiance

Tags: Good for a Date, Great for Brunch
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 (Houston)·Dined on January 14, 2018

Fabulous brunch! The baguettes are perfection, and the decor and ambiance are warm and welcoming.

Tags: People Watching, Happy Hour, Romantic, Authentic, Great for Lunch
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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 13, 2018

Lafayette's great food, design, wine list, and its courteous staff make the restaurant a go-to setting for any day or night. It is always a delightful time, the food rich, or light, depending on your choice, and the friends we have taken have agreed that it was a lovely experience, and their meals were just perfect. As a fine bakery with incredible "looking" desserts, I would suggest trying to resist too much of the fresh bread and creamery butter to leave room for dessert, something I have yet to experience. Our last recent meal taught me a great deal when I saw the group at the next table having the most delicious looking incredibly designed desserts, one with warm dark chocolate being poured over a puffy pastry with what looked like vanilla mousse. We'll go back for that. And more.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Great for Brunch, Vibrant Bar Scene, Special Occasion, Healthy, Fit for Foodies, Notable Wine List, Creative Cuisine, Good Vegetarian Options, Handcrafted Cocktails, Neighborhood Gem, Authentic
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on January 13, 2018

The bakery basket always a favorite - service to main course a bit rushed.

Tags: Good for Groups, Pre/post Theatre, People Watching, Good for Birthdays
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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 13, 2018

Food was great (Lemon pancakes) and so was the service.

Tags: Casual, Good for a Date, Good for Groups
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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 13, 2018

It was great! They even remembered it was my friends bday and brought out a cute cake!! Definitely recommend.

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 (Essex)·Dined on January 12, 2018

Very nice, not the cheapest meal out, but the service was impeccable.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on January 6, 2018

Always consistently excellent from service to food!

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·Dined on January 3, 2018

This was the perfect place to celebrate my mum’s birthday. We had breakfast and loved it!

Tags: Casual, Neighborhood Gem, Pre/post Theatre, Good for a Date, Healthy
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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 3, 2018

In the past, this restaurant was reliably lovely. But lately, it's come down quite a few notches in its food preparation. The pasta arrived luke warm. The duck was ordered medium but came rare and when they redid it, it was medium but lukewarm and the sauce congealed. The bread as always was fabulous. I wish the rest of the food lived up to the quality of the French country bread. Our wait person was the best.

There's also no good dinner salad. They used to have a great dinner salad with chicken. Now it's heaps of lettuce for heaps of money.

Tags: Afternoon Tea
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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 1, 2018

The food as usual was amazing here, but the service was miserable. A nonexistent server who was replaced by someone sassy, a massive hair found on top of our dessert met with a look like it was our fault, and just generally poor attitudes.

I’m a former bartender and am the kind to acknowledge that it’s hard to be a server when you’re having a bad day but even I’ll admit this was especially bad. The food is wonderful but I’ll think twice about organizing another brunch here.

Tags: Great for Brunch
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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 1, 2018

Slightly disappointing experience. We requested a less noisy table for a New Year's day brunch reunion of friends but wound up seated in a (fairly noisy) area right near the door where wintery blasts came in. When making the reservation, I asked if the brunch menu was available that day (a Monday) and was told no, only lunch, but happily this was incorrect and it was a brunch menu (still, shouldn't people know a week before the event?). Coffee had to be sent back because it was cold; asked for a side of goat cheese and got instead a few slices of (dried out) gruyere. The food otherwise was quite good, but pretty expensive with few lower-cost alternatives. I'd probably give it another try, but for the cost they should provide better service.

Tags: Good for Groups
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·Dined on December 31, 2017

New Year’s Eve

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·Dined on December 31, 2017

A very good option for having a brunch with friends or family. The place is really nice and the neighborhood is great for walking after eating.

Tags: Cozy, Fun, Casual, Vibrant Bar Scene, Sunday Lunch
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 (Palm Springs)·Dined on December 30, 2017

Great food
Not noisy
Excellent service
Nice change from cramped restaurants where you cannot talk

Tags: Good for a Date, Kid-friendly, Business Meals, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Groups, Great for Brunch, Casual, Notable Wine List, Special Occasion, Great for Lunch, Good for Anniversaries, Comfort Food, People Watching, Worth the Drive, Good for Birthdays, Quiet Conversation
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on December 30, 2017

Great brunch spot and excellent bakery items. It was a holiday weekend, so was crowded, but not uncomfortably so. Food was excellent but a bit expensive for what it was, especially the cocktails. That said, would certainly return again.

Tags: Cozy, Seasonal, Great for Brunch
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 29, 2017

We went to Lafayette to celebrate our 30th year anniversary. The place was romantic and very attractive. Our waiter offered great suggestions for food and they were all spot on!. Service was great and we even got a bit of a celebration moment from the servers when our dessert arrived. We highly recommend it.

Tags: Great for Brunch, Vibrant Bar Scene, Romantic, Business Meals, Special Occasion, Quiet Conversation, Afternoon Coffee
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 29, 2017

Breakfast at Lafayette has nothing special.
Probably the best thing i just to have a pastry and a coffee

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on December 28, 2017

Dined on the later side, after a show so only ordered first courses, pasta, dessert. Very good beef tartar, frisee salad, onion soup. Kindly presented a sparkling birthday tower for daughter's birthday. Attentive service, reliably good food, great location, esp if attending Public Theater or Joe's Pub.

Tags: Special Occasion, Comfort Food, Pre/post Theatre
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·Dined on December 26, 2017

Lafayette was the perfect place to have a quiet and relaxed dinner with friends. The atmosphere, food and service are exceptional.

Tags: Great for Brunch, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Business Meals, Good for Groups
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·Dined on December 26, 2017

Delicious pastries and breads, and the smoked salmon was very fresh and plentiful. Beautiful, comfortable and great location.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Cozy, Seasonal, Casual, Sunday Lunch, Good for a Date
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·Dined on December 25, 2017

Christmas eve

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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 24, 2017

Great for Christmas Eve brunch. Food was very good, well presented, service was attentive and very friendly - not overpowering. French toast was heavenly.

Suggestions: Lemon pancakes were good but not very lemony. Salmon Benedict was just okay - brioche toast was overdone and it would have been better with more sauce and served on a salmon fillet, not shredded salmon.

Tags: Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Sunday Lunch, People Watching, Afternoon Coffee, Cozy, Authentic, Fit for Foodies, Afternoon Tea, Good for Birthdays, Great for Lunch, Romantic, Casual, Special Occasion, Great for Brunch, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 23, 2017

Can’t wait to return!

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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 21, 2017

The food was excellent. The service was excellent until we were close to finishing our entrees. Then suddenly busboys were hovering, clearing one diners plate before another was finished, then continuing to hover. We left without bothering on coffee or dessert.

Tags: Fit for Foodies
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on December 20, 2017

Lafayette is special. from the design and aesthetic, to the service, to the food. 4 of us had a great meal, the only disappointment was the Lobster Fettuccini - it didn't have much flavor and the flavor it did have was not good. However, here are the other items that we shared: fried seafood special; light and very tasty with a great mustard cream dip, the steak tartare was amazing, the escargot - authentic and delicious. 3 cheese platter - especially good with a red wine- we had camembert, blue/goat cheese and a sheep cheese - all were amazing. Duck and 2 strip steaks. all 3 were cooked to perfection and the steak frites are insanely good. 2 desserts shared by 4 people was plenty: profiterole and a chocolate mousse parfait. My best advice is go as soon as you can. we will be back often

Tags: Casual, Notable Wine List, Fun, Afternoon Coffee, Neighborhood Gem, Great Beer, Fit for Foodies
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 19, 2017

good food, good service. Love it.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 18, 2017

The place has a great ambiance and excellent bakery goods. Lunch was disappointing. The onion soup has far too much beef, destroying the taste of onion soup. The roast beef sandwich was overdone, even though I requested the meat rare.

I've had better luck at other times at Lafayette. Buy far the best meal to have there is brunch. Is it going downhill, riding on its laurels? Too bad. I'll miss the brunches.

By the way, whoever thought they were being French to put "Salle de Bains" over the entrance to the "Toilettes" has obviously never been to France.

Yes, I am French. Lafayette is far from it, except possibly the bakery.

Tags: Great for Brunch
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on December 18, 2017

Never lets me down! Great place for breakfast, lunch of dinner! Great for friends or business. Had a delicious rotisseries salad over greens, grains and yogurt. Finished up with a perfect matcha latte. And don't forget the cannele for dessert!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Great for Lunch, Good for Groups, Fit for Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining, Business Meals, Great for Brunch
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·Dined on December 16, 2017

The food was good, the service was great. We had reservations for lunch on a Saturday.
Unfortunately, we were seated next to a table that grew from 8 or 9 people to 12-14 people with a small child who would not stop screaming and the parents were not bright enough to take the child home. It ruined the meal for everyone around them. This restaurant has a fun atmosphere and is loud and energetic, but this made it intolerable. The constant screaming gave me a migraine so we had to cancel dinner reservations for later in the evening. We couldn't wait to leave even though we could have had a lovely lunch, we would have stayed longer and ordered more. Next time, I will be very cautious of where I am seated.
It was obvious the wait staff knew this was a bad situation as we saw them being stressed and run around by this large group. In my opinion, management should have asked each table near this group if we wanted to be moved to the next available table away from the group so they could have the entire back area to themselves. It is a recent trend that some restaurants do not seem to have anyone in charge. I saw no one taking charge at Lafayette. There was no apparent manager on the floor. That is a problem. When there is a visible manager in charge, patrons tend to behave better. Also, I am very supportive of restaurants being allowed to ask patrons to leave if their children are unhappy or if they are disrupting other patrons and keeping them from having an enjoyable time. It is a reasonable request.

Tags: Seasonal, Authentic, Casual
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·Dined on December 16, 2017

Amazing place for a cozy brunch with your friends or your lover in the chilly winter mornings! You feel sent back in time in a high-standing Parisian café. The food is pricey but I think the quality is worth it. Book in advance, especially if you are a big group!

Tags: Romantic, Cozy, Authentic, Good for a Date, Afternoon Coffee, Afternoon Tea, Great for Brunch, Sunday Lunch
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 16, 2017

I am very surprised at my experience with Lafayette because it has always been one of my favorite restaurants, especially for brunch.

We were not seated until 2:30 for a 12:45 reservation. People who walked in after us without a reservation sat before us. The hostesses were not friendly or helpful. In fact, when my boyfriend went to see when we could expect to be seated the hostess completely ignored him and didn't respond to his question.

I ordered the Salmon Benedict. It came out within 7 min of ordering... I know it seems to be silly that I would complain that my food arrived quickly but, this means the food was sitting under a lamp for who knows how long. My salmon and hollandaise sauce were crunchy. They also forgot our appetizer.

My boyfriend and I came to Lafayette for a special occasion because it is where we go to celebrate milestones. We know that the quality of the food is great, that we love the ambiance, and that we can sit and enjoy our meal. This was completely not the case this time around because even on top of having horrible service and food they rushed us out like cattle.

Was hoping to speak to the manager because he is always a friendly face that walks around to each table to greet and make sure the service was up to par. Upsetting what this beautiful restaurant has turned into.

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·Dined on December 16, 2017

Great french bistro, tasty , great vibe, good service

Tags: Good for Groups, Casual
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 16, 2017

Great service and great atmosphere!

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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 16, 2017

We loved the whole dining experience. Will return again and again.

Tags: Paleo Friendly, Neighborhood Gem, Worth the Drive, Fit for Foodies, Great for Brunch, Sunday Lunch
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 15, 2017

Great service and the food was superb

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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 12, 2017

Excellent as always!! The food was superb and the Bordeaux was wonderful. Even though neither my friend nor I mentioned it was our birthdays, the hostess heard our toast and a lit birthday candle appeared during dessert. Bravo!

Tags: Romantic, Authentic, Sunday Lunch, Good for Groups, Special Occasion
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on December 12, 2017

Andrew Carmellini and his team really understand the meaning of "hospitality"! They get everything right!

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on December 9, 2017

Today's brunch was a gathering of five long-time friends. The restaurant was lovely, and they sat us where we could easily hear each other. We enjoyed champagne and wonderful food. The waitress was gracious and ensured the meal was well paced. We'd love to go back for another holiday celebration.

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