Lafayette

4.7
2825 Reviews
$31 to $50
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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4.7based on recent ratings
4.6
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4.5
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4.6
ambience
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95% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OpenTable Diner
Caribbean
1 review
Dined on December 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Dylan the server was really good and his recommendations were superb !! Coming back for sure

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PhilipA
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Quality food, excellent service. Cristian was outstanding as always.

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vipCourtney
Los Angeles
10 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved our Christmas lunch!!! Every thing was festive and friendly!

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vipmoki
London
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love this place! What a perfect Christmas Eve for 2020.

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vipMichaelJ
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Neighborhood staple. Love it so much.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on December 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

There should be a wind barrier to shield customers just a little from the wind coming from north and south and East and west. It’s a lot when you are at the corner table.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 13, 2020
Overall2food3service1ambience4

We had to wait 30+ mins past our reservation time for our table to be ready. Unacceptable.

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vipnewyorkerdiner
New York Area
25 reviews
Dined on December 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was our first time having brunch here, we previously only had dinners. The food and service was impeccable. Under these unprecedented times, it’s comforting to know the team at Lafayette is taking all the necessary precautions to keep everyone both diners and staff safe.

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Susan
1 review
Dined on December 12, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

The outdoor dining experience was terrific. Tables were far apart and we appreciated the heat lamps. Hats off for the restaurant's adaptation.

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IT23
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on December 12, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

It was a cold and windy day but food was great, service and everything else wonderful as always.

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vippatapouf
New York Area
29 reviews
Dined on December 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

fantastic brunch food. everything perfectly prepared, service attentive. Miss the bakery, hope it can come back soon!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Salt Lake City
1 review
Dined on December 5, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Lovely French brasserie / cafe - one of if not my absolute favorite in NYC. Will always recommend this establishment to anybody looking for a memorable meal or visiting NYC from out of town. They’ve installed heaters outdoors for those that prefer to avoid indoor dining, which work very well. I’ve been to Lafayette upwards of 10 times and have no plans to go elsewhere anytime soon when looking for more upscale French cuisine.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on December 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Delicious food, great service

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vipWendyJ
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Despite it being a cold and windy night, the strong heaters and street barrier made for a protected and lovely night out. My husband and I split the cheese fondue special which was delicious. Hope it’s a regular on the menu as it’s a definite keeper. The staff as always flawless and friendly. Highly recommend!

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vipShaniS
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on November 26, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

We had a lovely thanksgiving dinner. It was a bit pricey for what we got, and the deserts were a bit disappointing, but the food was really good.

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vipWensH
New York Area
21 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always wonderful.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous experience with great food. Brunch was great value as well.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2020
Overall1food2service1ambience3

Terrible service

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vipJeanne
New York Area
21 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We made our lunch reservation for outdoor seating, and the restaurant kindly agreed. When we arrived, one of our party of 3 wanted to sit indoors because of the cold. The staff generously made the change, and we all felt that the ventilation and spacing and masking in the restaurant made us very safe even in the indoor seating.
The food was fabulous--I loved my short rib sandwich--and the staff was as always very courteous and professional. This restaurant always was, and still is, a favorite. We're so glad Lafayette is still open.

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MeaganC
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2020
Overall5food5service3ambience4

Great pomme frites and lemon pancakes. A ton of outdoor seating.

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vipnolly
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was amazing!!! Especially their baked goods. Super high quality and unique flavors.

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Nayatanya56
Memphis/West TN
2 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Sat outside under heat lamps and enjoyed a wonderful simple meal at Lafayette on a Saturday night! Felt safe. All staff in masks. Everything clean. Good service. Perfect ambiance outside!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2020
Overall5food4service4ambience4

The very best french fries! They world rival the fries in Paris!!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on November 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing job post covid

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MarkB
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is our favorite restaurant, great service, ambience and food. Well designed.

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NATK
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 8, 2020
Overall2food3service2ambience2

Food was mediocre. Service was soooo slow. Outdoor dining was not available because they said there was a separate reservation that I did not see. We left asap once we were done with breakfast

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vipBobF
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Another good brunch at Lafayette which has great food... The waiter Dylan F was very personable in customer service too.

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vipCatherineC
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My favorite restaurant. So perfect.

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FancyPants
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2020
Overall2food2service2ambience4

It’s a beautiful space. That night be the best thing going for it. The food is expensive and not really amazing. They forgot one of our dishes. The coffee was bitter and undrinkable. It took about 30 minutes between when we first ordered coffee and finally paid the check.

It’s a beautiful venue, I’m guessing maybe they just had an off night. Dinner was fine but likely won’t go back

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vipNeighborhoodFoodie
London
57 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food great service. Nice outdoor setting but needs more heat lamps with winter approaching.

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Nickname
1 review
Dined on October 24, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Outdoor dining was done well. However music was too loud. With outside traffic, no need for loud music. Next time we will sit closer to the corner of E. 3rd St

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vipbigdaddy
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Went for the fun atmosphere and we're happily surprised by the outstanding food. French bistro comfort food at its best!

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GaryS
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on October 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent experience. Loved everything! Would highly recommend this beautiful restaurant!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Oh the onion soup! Simply divine, the rest is not much worth writing about. I will always visit for the onion soup!

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vipMichelleL
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 17, 2020
Overall2food2service3ambience3

So disappointed as Lafayette is usually lovely. We had a 9:30pm reservation as that was the only availability for a party of our size. The minute we checked in, the host stated that we had to order right away as the kitchen was closing. This is something that should be communicated when we made the reservation, as I'm not sure we would've been okay with that. Maybe make your last reservation earlier then? I understand there are constraints right now but it automatically causes panic for the customer. Making the last reservation time 9 or even 9:15 would allow for a bit more time to read the menu and make choices. My friend and I shared the steak (we weren't very hungry and also thought it was quite pricey at $55) and it was fatty and chewy. You can get an amazing steak at so many other restaurants in the city for a more reasonable price. Finally, we were on our appetizers and the server notified us that it was last call for alcohol. So we had to scramble to finish our drinks and order another round in order to have drinks with our entrees. Another reason why an earlier last reservation time would be helpful.

I know we are all struggling with restrictions right now but it seemed like they were trying to squeeze in an extra seating but didn't really have the capacity to do so.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great meal and ambiance as always at Lafayette. Was a bit cold outdoors since our table wasn’t right next to a heat lamp

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
22 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2020
Overall2food1service1ambience2

Excellent front of house professionals;
Disappointed with unaccommodating kitchen and forgetful server.

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vipSunscreen101
New York Area
27 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The 4 stars are only because we sat outside and there is a fire station just a block away!

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VictoriaJ
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great outdoor socially distanced meal with older parents

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vipDerfy4
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely evening outdoor dining. Our server was so nice and the manager was accommodating. Loved the new edition to the menu which was a fondue. Hope that stays as it was a big hit with our group.

FAQs

Lafayette does offer delivery in partnership with Caviar.

Lafayette is rated 4.7 stars by 2825 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.