Lafayette

4.5
2379 reviews
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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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Valentine's Day Special Menus & More

On Valentine's Day, Lafayette will serve a special three-course prix fixe menu for $120 per guest, excluding beverage, tax, and gratuity. Our cancellation policy is 48 hours: late cancellations are subject to a charge of $50 per guest.

Thursday, February 14, 2019

What Insiders Are Saying

The Infatuation
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.
What 2379 People Are Saying
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1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful food and service

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OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

The room is beautiful and well laid out and very comfortable. The staff were very professional and on their game. I had the Risotto and it was amazing. I would definitely go back.

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LO
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great spit for everything. Casual yet great food and excellent service

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L
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 4

It was so crowded that we waited an hour for our table. They were incredibly rude about it. We ended up leaving, which is a shame because I've eaten there before and the food is good--but not good enough to put up with a long wait and poor customer service.

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OT
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 4

Spend your time and money elsewhere. At $45 per person with no drinks that is a hefty price tag for an exceptionally mediocre experience. There are dozens of lovely brunch locations in NYC, Lafayette is no longer one of them.

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D
New York Area
19 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always amazing — from food to atmosphere to the exceptional service!

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had the most lovely experience at Lafayette this morning. The food was amazing, the service was tentative but not overwhelming. It is by far one of the best dining experiences I have had in New York.

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OT
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Enjoyed everything profoundly!

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SG
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Great food, nice atmosphere . Wonderful dessert , great for lunch or dinner

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v
Richmond
5 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Miguel made us feel very welcome for Sunday brunch our last morning in the city. The soft scramble bowl was very large and filling.

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T
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on January 13, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

The food was good but what set it apart was the service -- friendly, and frequeent but not disruptive!

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DM
1 review
Dined on January 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Enjoy a special moment with my partner. The food was spectacular. Thank you very much for the request of the dessert. Thanks for everything.

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c
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on January 13, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 4

Service was extremely slow..took about 10 minutes to even order bottle wine and another 10 + to get another bottle ..

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EL
1 review
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Love the place, been here several time and we will be back❤️ Until next time

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CG
1 review
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was incredibly authentic and the wait staff was so sweet

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OT
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

My experience was good but The food doesn’t was too good acording to the price that were expensive

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A
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Limited menu never changes. Too expensive. Not good value. $6 for a cup of tea?

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W
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great brunch as always, prices aren't cheap but not terrible given what you get. Service is great and food is amazing

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T
1 review
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best french toast and lemon pancakes!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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OT
New York Area
131 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

What a lovely place for lunch or dinner. This is a French bistro style place, with a very diverse menu that includes bistro standards but much more. Great wine by the glass, we didn't look at the bottles. At lunch they have some very interesting fruit-based drinks. Vegetarian and pescatarian options abound, but they also have a good burger! Staff are most welcoming and competent. They have their own bakery and bake their own bread, which is yummy. If you can't get to Paris go to Lafayette

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SG
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our go-to New Year's Day celebration spot - it sets a lovely note on which to start the year!

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j
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a great spot to have brunch! Love the pancakes and French toast! Eggs w/ leaks are a must!

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LV
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

This was my first time at Lafayette, we were there for brunch - the wait staff was friendly, the baked goods were beautiful to look at and the bread we ate was wonderful! The beet salad was fabulous - I had the eggs with chevre and they were great, my companion had the benedict and enjoyed them thoroughly. We also couldn't resist and shared 1 lemon pancake! Boy was it worth it! The people at the table next to us had the pancake foster - which looked beyond decadent. I also caught a glimpse of the burger which also looked incredible. I would absolutely go back.

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

Soft scrambled eggs with that horrible bread stick with truffle oil was not good at all. Outrageous at $23. My 3 other companions didn’t love their breakfast either. Bread basket was pretty boring. Hostess a bit surly and didn’t want to seat us until our whole party arrived- even though there were tons of empty tables and we really needed coffee. Although there were lots of tables, they sat a noisy family with little kids next to us and the kids were loud and annoying and throwing fruit all over the floor. Don’t know why they didn’t sit them elsewhere given all the room in the restaurant...

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P
New York Area
28 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

Food was great but waitress only took our order then we didn’t see her again until we asked for the check.

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OT
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Pastries are awesome!!

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful experience! Great food and service! French toast was incredible.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very large and spacious restaurant. You don’t feel cramped like a lot of places in the city, and it never got so loud that my 5 friends and I couldn’t have a conversation. The service was great - never rushed, always attentive - and we all had a very enjoyable time.

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G
Los Angeles
13 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This classic French bistro is magnificent on every level. Stylish atmosphere, great linens and tableware, perfect bread, delicious food and impeccable service that defies the stereotype of the snooty French server. The 3-course prix fixe lunch menu is a fantastic deal that will leave you happy and satisfied for the entire day. And no one does a bistro steak à point better than this!!

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JM
New York Area
72 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Love this place more each time I go. Consistently friendly & prompt service, very nice wines and delicious food. Looking for excuses to go again...

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K
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Starting with oysters, ending with perfectly cooked steaks-a wonderful family evening!

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MF
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 23, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 3

Omelette was tasteless, frites were soggy. Quite disappointing given the limited brunch menu that it really wasn’t very good. A nice space and good service, but the food was decidedly second rate.

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KG
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 23, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Excellent brunch menu with good, tasty options. Ambiance is nice - it's a classic, brunch cafe with a French bistro vibe. We enjoyed comfy seating in a big, cozy, leather-seated booth. It is a large and busy place, and we enjoyed good, attentive service if somewhat impersonal.

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Tucson
40 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great family gathering!!!

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PC
1 review
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food, excellent, friendly service. Accommodated extra people in the group. Would highly recommend it for brunch and dinner. An authentic French bistro with he best French fries in New York.

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OT
1 review
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Came here to celebrate a family members graduation. The service was amazing and the food was great. The desserts were absolutely delightful.

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OT
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Pre-dinner before the reading of “A Christmas Carol “ at the Merchant’s House

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HK
London
5 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful food as always. The salad had the perfect vinaigrette. The dessert (Le Poire) was a work of art.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

Gorgeous decor and tastefully decorated for the holidays. A gem.

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NB
1 review
Dined on December 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything I have ever tried here has been superb. Really wonderful food and always amazing service!

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