Lafayette

4.5
2631 reviews
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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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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 2631 People Are Saying
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JD
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
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
6 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
172 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
130 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.

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
10 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.

OT
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 5

I loved the ambience of the restaurant. I had a brunch menu, french toast and my friend had egg benedict. Foods were just okay, not super. I would go again for friends get together though.

E
New England
1 review
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I came here on a double date for Saturday brunch, and it was perfect! The food was high quality, and the service was fabulous. The interior is beautifully decorated, and the outdoor seating area is great as well. It’s a large space for NYC, and feels very open and welcoming.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 18, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 2

It was very hot in the restaurant. We asked several times to check the temperature but nothing changed. We enjoyed the food but we were uncomfortable throughout the meal because it was so warm in the restaurant.

F
Miami
8 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2019
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 1

Waitress didn’t want to be at work. Took forever to even serve the wine. Had to ask her 2 times for everything. Restaurant had little a/c at 7pm
Been here many times in the past and something is different. People just don’t seem to care like they use to working there. Use to be a great place as little as /

KJ
London
25 reviews
Dined on July 15, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 5

The ambiance was nice but I struggled to find a good food choice, and when the food did arrive it was average. The service was good though.

SM
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great quality food and outstanding service.

LG
Sacramento
9 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Sunday brunch was fab

F
Philadelphia
19 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

Not bad. But not a dining experience. Wouldn’t go back. Not a New York experience restaurant. Oversized French cate that is maybe good for a first date or tourist.

F
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

I ordered a egg dish for brunch. It was very good, however to justify the $20 plus price there were a lot of eggs in the dish. I could not eat all those eggs. Service and ambience very good. Too expensive.

OT
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Great service and lunch. Unfortunately the noise level at the table next to us made it difficult to converse.

J
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on July 7, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 4

A friend and I decided to meet there for brunch given the large number of great reviews. We found the outdoor seating area pleasant and the food quite good. What was a bit of a shock were the prices - $12 for a juice, over $20 for most of the breakfast mains. I’m not sure if it’s just NY, but it seems like these prices were higher than they should’ve been. I definitely won’t be returning.

AG
1 review
Dined on July 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and service! Would highly recommend. Thank you!

OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had steak frites. Much better than Balthazar. Came late for a 10pm meal. Place very quiet & chill.

PP
New York Area
28 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Lafayette has successfully made the transition from the 'hot' new place to a reliably excellent restaurant over the years. On our most recent visit, the Arctic Char special was particularly good, with a cucumber sauce. An outstanding summer dish. Service was attentive and friendly as always. The terrace is a joy in the summer and requests for outside tables are given appropriate attention. Lafayette never lets us down!

OT
1 review
Dined on July 4, 2019
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 1

The service was slow - the waiters chatted on the side instead of serving the customers. The food was too salty. Quite a disappointment.

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