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Lafayette

4.6
2001 reviews
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$31 to $50
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French
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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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Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
French, Contemporary French, Café
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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
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Phone number
(212) 533-3000
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Payment options
AMEX, MasterCard, Pay with OpenTable, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Executive chef
Andrew Carmellini
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Great Jones Street or East 4th Street
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Parking details
24 Hour parking is available on the East and West side of Lafayette St. between Great Jones St. and Astor Place.
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Public transit
6 train to Bleeker Street, R/W to 8th Street, B/D/F/M to Broadway-Lafayette Street
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

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.

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Specials

Mother's Day Menus & Specials

Happy Mother's Day! Lafayette will serve our normal breakfast, brunch, and dinner menus today.

Sunday, May 13, 2018

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 2001 People Are Saying
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4.5
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87% of people would recommend it to a friend
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4.0Dined 3 days ago

Evening out with my adult son, including play at the Public.

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4.0Dined 4 days ago

This was my 3rd visit to Lafayette and I really like the location, ambiance, food, and service. This time I enjoyed the gem lettuce salad, the scallop entree, and profiteroles for dessert. Service is terrific, though it was very busy even on a Monday night and there were a couple of times when we had to flag down the waiter. I was catching up with a friend I hadn't seen for while, so there wasn't time pressure and we didn't mind. The wait staff and hosts are overall friendly, courteous, and prompt.

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2.0Dined 5 days ago

Went for brunch . So underwhelming. . Had the eggs Benedict with salmon and chocolate croissant. Both were mediocre —at best . What’ a waste

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4.0Dined 5 days ago

One of my favorite spots. Never disappoints! We spent a lazy afternoon eating and drinking. Love the atmosphere

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3.0Dined 5 days ago

More of a scene than a fine dining experience. Lucien is a much better experience.

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2.0Dined 6 days ago

For some reason all of our entree’s were not good.

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4.0Dined 6 days ago

I come here pretty regularly for brunch and I’ve tried them at dinner. The food is decent, the ambience is authentic but the service is always just spotty. I’ve gotten wine spilled on my coat on a past Mother’s Day, I’ve had a reservation only to be told there are many people in front of us who need to be seated and chances are I will be seated much later. The check in desk attendees are snobbish and it’s always way too chaotic. And yet is close to where I want to be and the food is decent.

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1.0Dined 6 days ago

Honestly, as someone that works in Hospitality and understands what goes into service, this was such an unfortunate experience. Our food came out literally 5 minutes after we ordered, which was clearly a mistake by the kitchen (it even came out before the bakery basket we ordered as an appetizer, which on its own was absolutely delicious!).
My husband's burger was well done instead of medium-rare as he had asked, and the sauce of my salmon eggs benedict was completely dry, as you can tell this was an order that was a mistake, sent back to the kitchen and then resent to our table. The floor manager was very apologetic and made every attempt to right the situation, which we greatly appreciated, only to then at the end of our meal be presented with a check that had our duplicate entrees on the bill which was double in amount.
Again, our waiter was very apologetic and corrected the situation, but for the volume of brunch and dinner service this establishment is known for, and mess up with our entrees prior, you expect a little bit more from this establishment, especially in terms of service and attention to detail.

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2.0Dined on April 11, 2018

Food was so salty that it was difficult to eat. Potatoes were not cooked. They told me they were bringing some new ones out but by the time they came out, I was finished eating.

Very expensive for the quality and very disappointing as I'm a fan of Andrew Carmellini.

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3.0Dined on April 10, 2018

While it was a Monday night and we had a late seating--the staff seemed brisk and only interested in getting us out quickly...not the usual experience I've had here.

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5.0Dined on April 8, 2018

Our go-to dining place for getting together with friends who also love great food and delicious wines. We had a fantastic meal, great service, and got completely caught up with dear friends who we hadn't seen for a year. The staff let us remain at our table from 7pm to the point when we were one of a few tables still there. Our friends totally loved the whole dining experience. Leave room for dessert.

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4.0Dined on April 8, 2018

Great food, with lots of choices all within a traditional French bistro style. Service is a bit indifferent with many staff often duplicating efforts. Loud is the sound level. Proximity to Public Theater makes it really convenient.

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4.0Dined on April 8, 2018

Everything we ordered was fresh and delicious. One of the best beet salads I've had, and the oysters were great. Others enjoyed their entrees as well . Would definitely come back.

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3.0Dined on April 8, 2018

This is supposed to be a staple, but food was bad specially considering price. It's a beautiful place, very good attentive staff, but food was bad.
Maybe is good for a coffee and dessert but not for dinner specially at the level of price.
I went to The Modern last month and the bill was about the same but you can even compare....

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5.0Dined on April 8, 2018

We had reservations for 1:45 but got caught in traffic, when i called the restaurant to let them know they were very accommodating. we arrived almost an hour later and were seated within 15 mins. great food and service, will most definitely be back.

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3.0Dined on April 8, 2018

We had a reservation and waited 25 minutes before being seated. The appetizers took 40 minutes to come out and then we waited another hour before the entrees. The entrees came out lukewarm. It was pretty disappointing. The service never really apologized for the wait which was even more disappointing. I don't recommend this spot to anyone.

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5.0Dined on April 7, 2018

Our table of 4 enjoyed delicious mussels and steak. Prior to our meal we enjoyed pre-dinner drinks that were made by a professionally trained bartender that really knew a lot about specialty drinks. 3 of us had Chardonnay wine while 1 in our party tried the Old Fashion that was excellent.

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5.0Dined on April 7, 2018

Great place. Overall good experience. Food is not exceptionally good.

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3.0Dined on April 7, 2018

It is a very pretty restaurant and lively, but not deafening. The food was just ok. I was there for brunch with friend's . We ordered the selection of baked goods which were the highlight. I ordered a salad with lettuce and avocado. It was almost entirely lettuce. My boyfriend ordered a burger medium well. It came out very oink and had to be sent back. My other friend's omelette was good. The service was fine, though the front desk staff seemed inexperienced and we were somewhat curtly told to wait while our table was readied. All and all. It was ok, but nothing exceptional.

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3.0Dined on April 7, 2018

The service was outstanding! The food was a disappointment. It looked enticing but didn't live up to it's visual appeal. The frisée salad was prepared so far before it was served that it was wilted. The lemon pancakes lacked any flavor beyond the syrup. My husband's croque Madame was overwhelmed by the overly thick slices of brioche. The coffee, however, was excellent. We wanted to like our brunch but, alas, we won't return for any thing more than coffee and a pastry.

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4.0Dined on April 7, 2018

As expected - good food

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5.0Dined on April 7, 2018

After all these years, Lafayette still a quintessential NY French-style brasserie, food never disappoints and always a high energy buzz in the restaurant.

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5.0Dined on April 6, 2018

Loved the place and will return. The Onion Soup was an unexpected surprise. Now the desert, a Canapé , was very unique. It’s a definite ‘return to place’

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5.0Dined on April 5, 2018

This place never fails. The food is great. The service is impeccable. Well worth it!

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5.0Dined on April 4, 2018

Everything was great. Just overpriced for what it was.

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4.0Dined on April 3, 2018

It was another great meal at Lafayette, but perhaps not the greatest of the great meals. I had a Salad Frisee and the Duck Bolognese. The salad is almost a meal, and its size may have robbed me of the correct appetite for the duck, but rigatoni was somehow not quite the right pasta for it (even if perfectly cooked). A bigger, flatter pasta would have suited it more. All in all, still, pretty damn good.

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4.0Dined on April 3, 2018

Always a treat to be there. Very good staff, wines, cocktails. Food too, though the gem lettuce salad was a bit too large to allow dinner afterward, unless you split it and/or leave most of it behind. For us, regulars because of location near NYU and near the Public, it is a terrific choice.

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3.0Dined on April 3, 2018

This used to be dependable and slightly expensive. Today I ate in a salt mine of mediocre food. I've never had a saltier burger and fries. Yes, I ate most of it because of my time limits, and it was small, or I would have sent it back. The fries were the same, except they also got very soggy within minutes. And it was midtown hotel price of S24.00! That's about $6 more than most other NYC burgers. The Gem Salad at $18.00 was also high priced, and my wife said it too was salty and the lettuce was wet, and served in a simple small bowl. All in all, today was a big disappointment. Maybe they have fallen in love with themselves.

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4.0Dined on April 1, 2018

The food was very good at Lafayette. My only complaint is that it took a while for our main courses to come out and at that point the restaurant wasn't too crowded. Other than that no complaints and would go back.

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5.0Dined on April 1, 2018

I went for Easter brunch with my boyfriend. I had passed it many times and had been on my list to try it. Loved the food and the atmosphere. The omelette and pancakes were amazing, bloody mary's made to perfection and the bacon a fantastic side. I only wish a bread basket were included with our meal, especially as they have their own bakery. Perfect brunch atmosphere, lively but we were given a love seat facing the window so it turned out to be very romantic. A new top favorite!

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5.0Dined on March 31, 2018

Always a delicious meal. I feel like I’m actually in a cafe in France. One of my favorite restaurants in the whole world. There is just something special about this light-filled, classic-looking, corner restaurant that makes my whole family happy.

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5.0Dined on March 29, 2018

Good for all of the above categories.

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5.0Dined on March 28, 2018

I love Lafayette's huge, airy space--there's a feeling of being able to breathe there (at least at lunch. I have never been there at dinner, although I assume it's quite a scene later in the evening). It's a bit expensive for what the menu offers, but in my case, I ordered a salad from the appetizer menu and couldn't even finish it. The desserts (and the bakery offerings) are heavenly--including a chocolate Ring Ding you'll never forget. Here's what you must be prepared for: a) stay at your table for an hour or so before anyone comes to give you some water and a menu, b) stay at your table for another half hour before anyone asks if you'd like something to drink, while good-looking young men in blue shirts hold wine glasses up to the light to check for clarity. c) FINALLY, if you're ready to order...well...just don't go to Lafayette hungry. When you do get to order, and then to eat, everything is divine. When you've cleaned up your plate, be prepared to wait another half hour for a bus-person to ask if you're done, and if you're smart you'll grab this chance to ask for your check. If lucky, you will receive it within 20 to 30 minutes. In my case, I welcomed these faults/attributes because I had no other appointments that day. I'd say "Think before you go."

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4.0Dined on March 28, 2018

I had been to Lafayette three times shortly after it opened and I was underwhelmed on every occasion, despite the pedigree of ownership. However, since my wife and I were scheduled to see Back to Burgundy at The Angelika Film Center and she fancied French bistro food, I decided to give Lafayette another opportunity to "prove its meddle." The wine list is even stronger than it was when it first opened, so I opted for a bottle of the '07 Vieux Donjon, and we each had the $38-a-head three-course meal. (Anna even added a half dozen oysters, which she thought were fabulously fresh.) Each of our six courses were delicious. The gem lettuce with the fine peppercorn dressing and avocado slices had precisely the right amount of grated cheese tossed in, and the portion was quite large. The salmon rillette was downright delicious. The trout was at least 11 inches long, and the skin was both salty and crispy, creating a perfect texture and flavor contrast to the horseradish cream and cucumber. The steak was accompanied by a hearty Bordelaise sauce and was served at the precise temperature (rare-plus). The desserts, made daily from their bakery, were delicious, too. In short, I am now a convert, and will return.

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5.0Dined on March 28, 2018

It was very Nice and the food Where excellent

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5.0Dined on March 25, 2018

Food and service both excellent. Each dish offered an unexpectedly great variety of flavors and textures. Portions were exactly right, leaving us satisfied but not stuffed. Everyone enjoyed their meal. Service was attentive and prompt but not intrusive. A bit pricier than I was expecting but no complaints.

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5.0Dined on March 25, 2018

Fantastic place, excellent food!

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5.0Dined on March 25, 2018

It was lovely to sit by the front windows! Also a great wine recommendation from the Somm.

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5.0Dined on March 24, 2018

Great ambiance, service and food!!

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5.0Dined on March 24, 2018

Love this restaurant. Superb food and service. The waiters are great. Perfect place as far as I am concerned.

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