Lafayette

4.6
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2760 Reviews
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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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D
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our home away from home thanks to the staff and welcoming family environment. Fave burger and chicken for the kids, and Parents more than happy with oysters, Sancerre and whatever else we fancy.

h
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 8, 2020
Overall5food5service3ambience5

Everything was great and all (food, drinks, ambiance, decor) however I can here for my birthday. I booked it for a special occasion the restaurant even send out an application when you confirm the reservation where you’d describe why you’re coming to the restaurant. I said multiple times that it was my birthday. It wasn’t noticed during the reservation. No one brought out anything with a candle. No one even offered us dessert. The waiter just gave us the bill without even us asking for it, and we felt like we were getting kicked out and couldn’t even celebrate my birthday and sing happy birthday. I’m really upset about the whole situation.

MB
Philadelphia
11 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was great. Service was quick.

OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always on point!

J
New York Area
126 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

excellent french bistro
always fun
a fabulous night!

F
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5food4service4ambience4

Excellent wines. and cheeses, good for groups or couples

DA
Baltimore
12 reviews
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lafayette is always fun and energetic. Great food, authentic French atmosphere, and amazing food. Can get quite loud at lunch. Dr.A

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our waiter was fantastic and the food was delicious!

SD
New York Area
43 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Thank you Alex.

O
Hawaii
9 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service and food were excellent. Will definitely be back

T
New York Area
28 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2020
Overall4food3service4ambience4

Too noisy. Food was ok in terms of being served hot. However no need to provide such a quantity of scrambled eggs. À bit disgusting .

OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall3food4service1ambience5

Love the food and Ambience there but we got really unlucky with our service. We were sat at 3 pm. Got water and wine and the server didn’t even take our order yet for food. At 3:20 the hostess came and snapped the brunch menu out of our hands and gave us the lunch menu. And I was just like excuse me and she said the last call for brunch is over and I asked her what time does brunch finish and she said 3:30pm and I told her it’s 3:20pm!
So she walked away and came back with the brunch menus and let us order. We had a few things (most things were “out”). And 2 orders of their lemon pancakes. Our servers seems very young and inexperienced. One mentioned he didn’t want to be screamed at by the chef and double checked out order twice. We told him you should never let anyone scream at you. When the pancakes came one looked amazing and the other one just looked poor, like they didn’t have enough berries etc. also they were cold.
Very very disappointed since I used to love going their for brunch.

a
London
2 reviews
Dined on February 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect diner out with friends!

l
Caribbean
3 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent!

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OT
New England
4 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