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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.
New York, NY 10003
French, Contemporary French, Café
Hours of Operation:
7:30 am to close daily
Monday - Friday: 8:00am - 11:15 am
Saturday & Sunday: 8:00am - 10:00am
Monday - Friday: 12:00pm - 3:00pm
Brunch: Saturday & Sunday: 10:00am - 3:00pm
Afternoon: Daily: 3:00pm - 5:30pm
Monday - Wednesday: 5:30 pm - 10:30 pm
Thursday - Saturday: 5:30pm - 11:00pm
Sunday: 5:30pm - 10:00pm
Monday - Friday: 4:00pm - 6:30pm
Great Jones Street or East 4th Street
$31 to $50
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24 Hour parking is available on the East and West side of Lafayette St. between Great Jones St. and Astor Place.
6 train to Bleeker Street, R/W to 8th Street, B/D/F/M to Broadway-Lafayette Street
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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!
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.
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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