Lafayette

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

Lafayette is consistently wonderful. Great service, atmosphere, food, and cocktails. The brisket burger is my personal favorite. I highly recommend visiting while it’s nice out because the outdoor seating is among the best in NYC.

R
New York Area
65 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 4

Food was very good and the atmosphere was wonderful.

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

Great server.

KY
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Restaurant staff were all excellent and the food was amazing!

m
New York Area
218 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Very pleasant for brunch with a nice menu some nice outside space and good service. Definitely worth a visit.

MA
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 5

Over priced mediocre food and service. Went for brunch they had limited selection. Nothing to rave about.

TT
New Orleans
11 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We loved brunch at Lafayette. We sat outdoors, and enjoyed a beautiful day with delicious food.

VN
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 5

Overall enjoyed Lafayette and would go back. Steak was over cooked - asked for medium rare and it was definitively medium, maybe more. Surprising given I was asked if I wanted the steak M or MR, not how I wanted it cooked, so I expected it to be cooked right. Pointed this out to the sever who offered to bring a new steak but at that point we were halfway through the meal and I said no, it would take too long. Generally would expect a glass of wine or appetizer to be comped in that circumstance (better that a $45 steak) but was again surprised to find the complete bill.

IM
San Francisco
20 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Deuxième fois et c'est toujours agréable

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OT
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful place for brunch. We had the lemon pancakes and berries and loved it. The portions were very generous. The service was excellent. Can't wait to return maybe for dinner.

c
Los Angeles
8 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was delicious, service excellent and it was a great setting for brunch with friends.

D
New York Area
453 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great dinner. Wonderful escargot, agnolotti, and ice cream. Great service as well. Very highly recommended

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We ordered a pastry basket and our food came out before it came and before our drinks got to the table. Our server apologized and gave us our drinks, dessert and some pastries to go without charge.
He was sincere in his apology and went out of his way to compensate us.
Food is amazing, every time we go it is consistently great!

m
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Beautiful setting both inside and outside, quiet terrace for Manhattan, excellent service, delicious beef tartar and sides. Mille-feuille was absolutely delicious.

JD
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Dinner at this restaurant was a true pleasure. We were celebrating a friend's 87th birthday and the staff were extremely accommodating from the minute we arrived until we left. The food was delicious and the bread as always was divine! I would highly recommend this restaurant for any occasion.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great birthday celebration complimentary macaroons and sparklers

r
New York Area
30 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Reliable, good food, good wine list, and great service.

OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great waiter!

s
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 4

We ordered steaks and were disappointed.
Servi e is very generic. No personal touch for such a type of restaurant.

RR
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 12, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

This is an expensive place - drinks and food -- is it worth it? I don't know. lovely atmosphere, nice menu and out door seating.

OT
San Antonio
1 review
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful ambiance! Food was incredible, great service. Would definitely go back!

BW
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious meal and pleasant ambience. We had one vegan in our pArty and everyone was very accommodating. We ordered about 6 appetizers and one main course for 4 people. We also split one dessert. We were stuffed and happy. We will be back

EH
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Heavenly coconut, banana chocolate croissant! We came for breakfast and stayed for lunch! The bread is addictively crusty, chewy and savory. My husband and I enjoyed each of our dishes. Love the attentive and professional waiting staff. Will return again and again!

OT
Essex
1 review
Dined on August 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Was my brothers birthday, went there for brunch & was not disappointed. Everything was amazing, especially the pancakes

OT
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on August 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food and service was outstanding! The chilled corn soup and the profiteroles were delicious!

I
New York Area
173 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Spacious varied indoor seating in a large appealing space, plus sidewalk tables near The Public Theater. Interesting brunch menu with good bread and pastries. Like softly scrambled eggs, smoked salmon Benedict.
Helpful attentive service. Popular with groups of five or more which made for overly loud conversations. The canned music added to the din. Way too loud for this older couple. Glad we tried Lafayette and will recommend to younger friends. We prefer Le CouCou, The Library at The Public Theater, Indochine.

JG
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 1ambience 5

The service was amateurish at best. The food is good so it's a matter of "putting up" with the service.

f
Savannah
11 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 5

I read somewhere that this was the new Balthazar. It is nice and a fine place to get a french meal but I don't think it matches up to Balthazar. It is a very beautiful and authentic space. The food is good but not amazing. Wine list is good. I thought prices were a little high for what you got. Overall it was a nice dinner with clients but it didn't have that homey feeling to it.

m
New York Area
131 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Many unusual dish combos compared to typical items on a French menu. Restaurant was a bit on the warm side although the AC seemed to be on - there were apparent intermittent changes in temperature. The portions were a bit on the small side and the prices - especially for alcohol - a bit on the high side. The food and service, however, were very good.

UP
New York Area
42 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

I enjoy dining at Lafayette for breakfast and lunch. The last couple of times I've had breakfast there, however, I found my egg entree had gone down a bit in quality: the eggs aren't as tasty and the potatoes lack flavor (which could be solved by replacing the russet white potatoes with Yukon Golds ). The service is always excellent, and at breakfast there are no crowds - the quiet room is a plus.

O
New York Area
58 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Noisy place for brunch, we were happy that they honored our reservation and seated us early. Decent food and service, pricey, limited menu, but we enjoyed and would gladly return.

AW
Milwaukee
11 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had brunch here with my mom. The atmosphere is lively and the service was great. The menu is good but the pastries are better!

AK
New York Area
25 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 5

Food is delicious but service tends to forget many parts of the order. This has happened to us twice now. A drink is not brought, a side is missed or arrives long after the food. For the establishment, we'd expect better, but perhaps try it out outside of brunch.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Tables no sifficient for twelve

BP
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 1ambience 4

Really good food that was let down by extremely slow service. Went for restaurant week and the meal took over 2 hours. We must have waited 20+ minutes between courses before then waiting 30 min to get our check. It's a shame because the food is great and the space is very pretty

l
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It’s a beautiful restaurant with tasty reasonably priced food. The soup was delicious and the fish was perfectly prepared.

MM
Denver
14 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Terrific for pre theater dinner. Great fish and fresh seasonal vegetables !

a
New York Area
30 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 5

I hate to say anything bad about a place i've loved since it opened ... but the frisee in my salad had seen better days. The iced tea was below Starbucks. The chocolate dessert was pretty but served like it came from the case, not the kitchen. I asked for a few berries for dessert and was told that they don't do that, any more [really?!]. [Maybe there isn't a pastry chef on premises anymore, either?] Service was minimal; the man clearing was more attentive than the waitress. Hope this was just a bad day, though not in a restaurant of this quality.

LC
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on July 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicioso el egg parfait nos encantó

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g
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 5

The pancakes were burnt, they were completely black and the soft scrambled eggs were overcooked. We come to Lafayette often and always order the same items, but today they were inedible. I don’t think we’ll be coming back.

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