Lafayette

4.5
2122 reviews
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$31 to $50
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French
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  • Great for Brunch
  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasion
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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Private dining
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
French, Contemporary French, Café
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Hours of operation
Bakery:
Daily: 7:30 am to close
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:
Daily: 5:30pm - 10pm
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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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 2122 People Are Saying
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4.4
food
4.3
service
4.5
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3.9
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85% of people would recommend it to a friend
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4.0Dined 3 days ago

We had our Bastille Day brunch here and ate outside. Our server was very helpful and fun and the food was great.
Big Plus: For the first time in a long time I was allowed to be seated without the whole party present. I know Manhattan rents are high but I am so unbelievably sick of this "rule" I cannot stand it. We did not feel rushed at any point in the service. I am going to make this our monthly spot. We eat, drink, and tip well, and I want a lovely leisurely brunch on the weekend. Lafayette wins!

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KL
5.0Dined 4 days ago

We liked it so much our first night that we went back the next night with three more friends. Layfayette did not disappoint us. The service all around was wonderful. We interacted with the receptionists, waitress, sommelier, bus people, and every one was super friendly and helpful. We loved the ambiance and relaxed environment with plenty of space between tables that we weren't forced to hear everyone elses' conversations. Will definitely be back when we stay in the East Village again. What a treat.

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JN
4.0Dined 4 days ago

Mostly I recommend it for the bread and cheese, and great drinks. It's more than a little overpriced for what is is, but carbs win out. Also, the acoustics are pretty bad, so if there are a lot of people it's pretty hard to hear. That's my caveat.

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D
5.0Dined 4 days ago

Lafayette is so special, it makes everyday feel momentous and makes celebrations more magnificent

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GP
5.0Dined 4 days ago

Lovely, fresh food as usual. Ate al fresco. Nice. Service was excellent, also as usual. Bread, pastries , oysters and entrees were great.

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J
4.0Dined 5 days ago

Everything was fine just not that thrilled with my chicken dish.

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OT
5.0Dined 7 days ago

Love this place - go here all the time. The perfect business lunch, but also fabulous for breakfast, afternoon coffee or dinner.

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A
5.0Dined on July 9, 2018

Excellent evening sitting on the patio sipping some Brut Rose!

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5.0Dined on July 8, 2018

Found this on a fluke as a google search result for brunch near Angelika Film Center. Pancakes were absolutely delictable and divinely fluffy with just enough essence of lemon. The ham sandwhich (aka the french ham sandwhich whose name i cannot recall) was a bit heavy with subpar level seasoning but was quite filling. We each had the amazing cookies and croissants which now on second thought were definately better than the ham sandwhich. Coffee was excellent and the wine list, though pricey, seemed flavorful and varied. With definately be back. Great spot for a girls brunch or date.

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5.0Dined on July 8, 2018

Lovely brunch. Our server was great. Ambiance was very nice. Drinks were good. We ordered a few pastries and a cheese plate, which were excellent. Then we ordered steak and eggs, which were ok. Steak was a bit over-cooked (asked for medium rare and was more of a medium). Still a very nice experience and will definitely be back another time.

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DW
1.0Dined on July 8, 2018

Had reservations for brunch because I love their other restaurant The Dutch. Very disappointed in the overall experience. Our server seemed very distracted throughout the brunch. Drinks took forever to arrive and the food was just ok.

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OT
5.0Dined on July 8, 2018

Great food and the staff

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E
4.0Dined on July 5, 2018

I have been at Lafayette when it’s been filled and very noisy. So much more pleasant this time since there were few tables filled and quiet.

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D
4.0Dined on July 5, 2018

Well prepared mostly classic bistro cuisine, a nice, but pricey wine list and friendly service make Lafayette a good neighborhood choice especially with Cherche Midi’s closing.

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DS
4.0Dined on July 5, 2018

Gorgeous room, wonderful wine list, menu full of mouthwatering choices. Bread to die for. Service was attentive and expert, if a wee bit haughty. There was some drama around trying to order an additional bottle of wine at the end of the evening, but it was resolved in our favor. The only disappointment of the evening was discovering that the bar does not offer Maker's Mark bourbon. No acceptable reason for this omission was provided. Please address this before my next visit.

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JO
4.0Dined on July 4, 2018

The food was good and service was better. The atmosphere was nice for an evening out. We took my dad here when he visited from out of town and he really enjoyed it. However, the portions seem a bit small for the price.

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JK
1.0Dined on July 4, 2018

I've come here a few times, but this time both the food and our service was pretty terrible.

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3.0Dined on June 30, 2018

Lafayette brunch used to be top notch but I wasn’t highly impressed with the brunch this time. Menu hasn’t been updated in years. My salmon Benedict was over cooked and my friends frittata was undercooked. It’s still a lovely restaurant with an adorable atmosphere. Service was also just ok. Took our order and disappeared again until check time. Overall experience was underwhelming.

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2.0Dined on June 30, 2018

Waitor kept hanging out with table he was friends with next to us and didn’t check in. Also kept switching us to different server.

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BH
3.0Dined on June 29, 2018

Good service could be better

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GG
3.0Dined on June 29, 2018

Had dinner after the theater. Food was tasty but felt a little rushed. Unfortunately the kitchen was closing soon. Will try it again.

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OT
5.0Dined on June 25, 2018

Everything was phenomenal! From the basket filled with baked goods, to the excellent macrons. Our food was enjoyed by all, and our waiter Darrel was magnificent.

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OT
5.0Dined on June 24, 2018

Really nice service on Sunday brunch hectic hour.

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4.0Dined on June 23, 2018

Good atmosphere and food was generally good (but oysters disappointing quality) - scallop dish and rhubarb pannacotta dessert were the highlights. The service was initially good, but our waiter appeared to be serving too many tables and failed to deliver bread (until requested twice), and similarly hard to attract their attention at other times.

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J
5.0Dined on June 23, 2018

Never had anything but great experiences here. Staff is friendly and efficient. Nothing rushed but last meal was pre theater and went off great. Menu is what you would expect from a good French Bistro. The Rotisserie chicken with bacon is terrific and the desserts are all great. Prices are typical for the area but expect a significant check if you’re eating a full meal with drinks. You totally get what you pay for here.

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2.0Dined on June 23, 2018

I have never felt more invisible than when I dined here. We ended up with 3 different servers. Our cheese plate was delivered before we even received a glass of wine. The empty glasses made it to the table, however, he never returned to pour them. I had to actually ask the host to find out server - he never came back to our table after the cheese plate to take our order.

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M
2.0Dined on June 22, 2018

Meh. Really expensive overpriced bland diner food.

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4.0Dined on June 22, 2018

Initially I had my doubts about Lafayette, but I'm so glad we went. The food and service were great. To be clear the food is essentially basic brasserie food, done really well. We ordered two sandwiches, and quickly realised we'd ordered too much food. Some drinks quickly sorted that out. In total, we probably spent more than we'd intended, but I think the location is driving the prices for this hotspot. My tip is to go for a salad, or split a sandwich for two, if you've got a European appetite.

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OT
3.0Dined on June 21, 2018

Love the ambience. Solid service. My steak as fatty and overpriced though. I asked for medium and it was medium well.

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L
2.0Dined on June 20, 2018

This was definitely a disappointment as duck, duck, duck pasta was way overcooked and no taste of duck, just overly acidic tomato sauce with a thick layer of oil.
The strawberry millefeuille was good though.

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5.0Dined on June 20, 2018

Great first time experience, looking forward to visiting again. Ryan provided excellent service making the experience all around enjoyable. Food was delicious! 5 stars. Would’ve enjoyed a little more effort considering it was our anniversary dinner. But even so, overall Lafayette will be a go to

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5.0Dined on June 19, 2018

Nicely done in all regards. Pasta was fresh and spring-like; perfect for the season

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K
2.0Dined on June 17, 2018

The space is great and some of the food was as well. The New York strip was so chewy and some parts were so hard, it was uneatable. Our waitress looked as if she didn’t want to be there as well.
To top it off, I called ahead to make sure they take discover card. When I went to pay, they didn’t. Had to have my guests pay since it was the only card I put into my purse and the only card I thought I would need.

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5.0Dined on June 17, 2018

Went to celebrate Fathers Day and a birthday with Sunday brunch. One of the very best dining experiences ever (and we aren’t novices). We ordered pretty much one of everything on the brunch menu and shared as a table, and we’d recommend doing just that. Standouts are the omelet, soft scramble, bacon, and pancakes.

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T
5.0Dined on June 17, 2018

Went for Father's Day brunch. Dad and the kids loved everything. The Eggs with leeks were amazing! The baked goods were spot on, worth every calorie. Great coffee and outdoor seating was elegant yet relaxed. Our server was excellent and helpful even with the 5 year old twins! Loved the experience and can't wait to come back.

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MA
5.0Dined on June 17, 2018

Took my friends that just moved from DC and we all loved the food and cocktails and he ambiance is great.

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UW
1.0Dined on June 16, 2018

The service was the worst I have ever had. It took an hour to receive our meal. Our waiter disappeared for over a half hour. No other service people would look into what happened to our order. I had to find a manager to look into it and it turns out the meal was never made. Do NOT go to this place unless you have no alternate.

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OT
5.0Dined on June 16, 2018

Awesome. I would go back.

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MA
5.0Dined on June 16, 2018

Celebrated my niece’s birthday. Our waiter was from Colorado and spoke Spanish to the baby, very sweet.

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5.0Dined on June 16, 2018

I had made a reservation for breakfast, because a friend told me how busy they always are. I am an early bird so when I showed up at 9:15 am on a Saturday the place was nearly empty. I had the soft scrambled eggs and a cappuccino. The service and food were excellent! I will go there again when I’m in Manhattan.

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