Lafayette

4.6
2225 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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Delivery or takeout
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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:
Sunday: 5:30pm - 10pm
Monday - Thursday: 5:30pm - 10:30pm
Friday & Saturday: 5:30pm - 11pm
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, 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

Thanksgiving Dinner Special Menus & Offers

On Thanksgiving, Lafayette will serve a three-course prix fixe menu from 12pm to 10pm. Guests will select their choice of hors d'oeuvres, entrées, and dessert. The menu is $110 per person and $60 for children 12 and under, excluding beverage, tax, and gratuity.

Thursday, November 22, 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 2225 People Are Saying
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LB
New York Area
49 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Uniformly excellent preparation and presentation; wonderful staff; extensive and interesting wine list. Thanks!

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J
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food, Cooking, and Service are Top Notch All The Way! Enjoy!

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TH
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had brunch with friends visiting from out of town. Great service, food was delicious!

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LV
New York Area
35 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Service was spotty, but the food was excellent in flavor. I had the bouillabaisse and wished a more generous portion of broth, but it was delicious. The French fries are the best in town.

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EC
New York Area
128 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Buzzy bistro atmosphere & good bistro-style food...great gem lettuce salad, tuna tartare, roast chicken, & juicy burger!

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MA
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Lafayette was a great date night dinner! Food was classic bistro options that were large portions, cooked as ordered, and overall very enjoyable! Service was great and not rushed, so we were able to enjoy a lengthy dinner without feeling pressured to turn over the table (sometimes a rarity in NYC). We didn't get there early enough to enjoy it, but according to their signage they have some great happy hour specials. I wouldn't say this is THE spot for a fancy anniversary dinner or special occasion, but more so a great, reliable dinner in a casual but slightly fancy atmosphere.

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N
New York Area
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 4

Food was inedible. Burger over cooked and chicken raw.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 4

Over the past few visits I’ve been disappointed with the level of service provided. Very upsetting as I always loved Lafayette for my business breakfasts.

The past few visits the service was exceptionally SLOW. A coffee takes 10mins then I’m told someone else will bring my milk, another 10mins and I had to ask for it.

I will most likely not consider coming back. Most of our breakfast conversation was about how disappointed we were.

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m
New York Area
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 4

I love to go for coffe in the morning, I have been several times for lunch and dinner and it has been great, but this time, the meat was really bad, it was hard, difficult to eat. The salad was great like allways. I hope it was just bad luck and not that the quality is going down.

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r
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lafayette never disappoints. You are warmly welcomed, and attended to with prompt, efficient, but friendly staff (very good-looking staff!). Service is impeccable. Food is absolutely delicious. Pastry chef is an astounding talent! Just go. You can while away an entire afternoon in the blissful fulfillment of the senses. Enjoy!

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P
New York Area
41 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 5

I have shared several pleasant lunches with friends at Lafayette, so we decided to try it for dinner. The service was fine, but I really don't think the food lives up to its aggressive price points. Nothing we ate was out of the ordinary--I'm sorry to say. Wine was also overpriced--$19 for a glass of Sancerre! The atmosphere is lovely, though noise can really rise when the restaurant fills up. So we won't return for dinner; looks like fun for brunch if you can sit outside on a nice day.

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AN
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 14, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 3

I have been to this restaurant many times. Sometimes try to serve too many people for Sunday brunch around 1pm which brings down the quality of service unfortunately which should not happen given their steep prices. We were told that 4 people can’t sit at a table for 5 to see 3 minutes later that they placed 4 people at that table. My pancakes were raw. The waiter forgot to refil our coffee when asked. It gets very, very loud as people are waiting to be seated and hosts are trying to manage masses of people.

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MK
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

We were a couple minutes early and were told our table was not ready. We could see several empty tables. We didn’t get an apology just told to wait at the bar. Place was noisy and disorganized We had to get to the theater and couldn’t risk being late. We left and found another place that took us right away. Ten minutes later we received a text that said our table was ready at Lafayette by then we had already ordered our food at the other restaurant

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e
1 review
Dined on October 14, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 4

Really great service and a nice atmosphere. Unfortunately the food was underwhelming, especially for the cost. I found my meal to be especially heavy (croque madame) and the side salad was pretty sad (small pile wilted looking lettuce that was heavily dressed). The menu could do with some modernizing to provide some lighter/more healthy options.

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AM
1 review
Dined on October 14, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Although it took a while to get the food, the waitress and the manager were nice to give us a glass of wine on the house. And the food was amazing. I will be back forsure even though the minor hickup for waiting a while for the food everything else was great.

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FF
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 14, 2018
Overall 1food 4service 1ambience 4

Good food, terrible service sums up our experience. Arriving on time for an 8.15pm reservation, we were told our table wasn't ready and asked to wait at the bar. After multiple trips to the host stand, where we were repeatedly told it would be "another 10-15 minutes," we were eventually seated by the manager at around 9pm. No proactive communication, no offer to pay for drinks as a gesture of apology, no honest assessment of how much longer we were expected to wait.

After being seated, drinks and appetizers were served in an acceptable timeframe, but we then waited about an hour for our entrees to arrive with no further sign of our server. Even after the manager came to our table to apologize for the delay, our server failed to appear and we had to track her down. The food eventually arrived and was good but not worth the hassle.

Fortunately, we were with good friends and made the best of this frustrating experience. We've eaten at Lafayette before and enjoyed it, but reading through other recent reviews, it seems like they are having trouble honoring reservations made, serving tables in a timely manner once seated and remembering the basics of customer service. We won't be back.

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CM
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 14, 2018
Overall 1food 3service 2ambience 3

40 minute wait for our 8pm reservation, main course arrived around 10pm, almost two hours after we arrived at restaurant, unless you are looking for a really slow evening would head somewhere else. Food was okay, but not worth the wait.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 2

We waited over an hour after our reservation to be seated. Our server was fine but one of my fellow diners ordered the chicken which was pink and clearly undercooked. The mussels were below average for a dive bar let alone an upscale restaurant. The manager was apologetic and professional but the night was a disaster. We will never return to this restaurant.

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OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our server was 1st Rate. Food, as always, was amazing.

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JM
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Great food and service! Highly recommended. Love the lemon pancakes

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F
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Photos on site are better then actual food. Our mussels came out cold, therefore over cooked, along with the fries. They credited us for the problem, but that wasn’t the point.

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D
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love Lafayette— it makes every time feel special!

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JU
New York Area
187 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

Not sure what the issues are - the staff tries but maybe the kitchen doesn’t cooperate. The founds sound good but is mediocre - and given the neighborhood competition I am surprised they have a clientele. One note on closing - the wine was good

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AC
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing service and the food was also exquisite. The ambiance reminded me of a traditional French bakery.

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OT
1 review
Dined on October 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great Experience
Great service

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RH
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I wanted to have a nice dinner with a friend prior to going to theater in the area. This was my second visit to Lafayette, and, once again, I was very pleased. My friend and I loved our entrees, and I treated myself to a scrumptious desert (which they are known for). Our waitress was very friendly and attentive, including making sure that we were not late for our show. The wait was minimal. Lafayette is a beautiful restaurant - definitely a great choice for a special occasion. I highly recommend it!

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JA
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 1ambience 1

The place is very noisy, it is Overpriced, low quality on food and poor service.
I know NY is expensive but we paid 90 USD for a breakfast for two, with no alcoholic beverages.

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C
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2018
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 2

I could never recommend Lafayette to a friend. We arrived at 7:10pm and told the hostess right away that we had a performance at the Public Theatre at 9:30. We were seated inside, but found the chairs so uncomfortable, and it was a beautiful evening, so we moved outside where the chairs were better. Passing one empty table after the other, she seated us at the very last table. The sommelier poured our wine, and asked our friend who doesn't drink what she would like. She ordered iced tea, that took asking three more times till she got it. We ordered dinner, salads, a pasta dish and four main courses. After one and a half hours our salads still did not arrive. Two of us had to get up at two different times asking about our salads and the one pasta, until they were brought. No bread was brought to the table either, until we asked many times. The salad and pasta dish were fine, not delicious, but by then we were starving. We looked at the time again and it was 9:10. They still hadn't brought out our main course. We had to cancel the food at that pain, get our check and race across the street to be on time for the wonderful performance we were about to see at Joe's Pub. Never again will I step foot in Lafayette, but instead happily dine at the Library right inside the Public Theatre. Not one person from the manager, to the three hostesses', to the sommelier, to the server to the bus boy knew what they were doing, and what's worse, they didn't even care.

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PT
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Really lovely place to dine. I'll be there again and I recommend it.

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B
Miami
31 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

As always, dining at the Lafayette was great. We always enjoy our time there.

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e
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 2

Just unremarkable in every way and totally overpriced.

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OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on October 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Wonderful food and great value prixe menu

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m
New York Area
44 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

A convenient location for a pre public theater brunch with out of town friends. Food really good, and server was reasonably attentive and enthusiastic.
Surprised we had to wait so long for a pastry / bread basket, and that none of the servers giving us our coffee and teas managed to get to the right person. Would have been nice if the server had named each of the cheeses my husband had ordered.

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PO
1 review
Dined on September 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Good food and friendly environment. Friendly staff as well

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WF
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely delicious food - worth the price, though it is quite pricey. Went on a second date here and everything was perfection from the service to the menu options to the food. Very relaxed atmosphere, great wine list, and a wonderful spot for a nice, romantic date!

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ZK
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

I wanted to thank the manager who sat me and my father after I wanted to change tables. He was incredibly patient and moving inside made the whole event so much more special. Thank you so much!!

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MA
New York Area
125 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

The steak frites didn’t disappoint. The black macaroni lobster is good if you like squid ink pasta.

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BB
New York Area
20 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

They made my Father feel like a welcomed guest.

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SL
Baltimore
63 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were celebrating our anniversary in NYC and Lafayette was the perfect spot to celebrate a special occasion with friends. The atmosphere is warm and friendly and the food was outstanding! Don’t miss the French Onion soup and treat yourself to dessert. The Duck, Duck, Duck Bolognese was also outstanding! Service was top notch! Thank you Kevin! Great place! We will be back, Brian!

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JM
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I was not only impressed with the food (never skip the almond croissant), but the service and attention to detail are top notch! What a fabulous birthday firework display as well - made brunch very special!

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