Lafayette

4.7
2859 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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4.6
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4.2
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100% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipRoger
New York Area
49 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall1food2service1ambience3

Having been a patron at least once a week from opening to the pandemic closing this was my return dinner with friends. Service was terrible, the waitress was terrible, failing to take drink orders , delays in taking food orders, failing to get all appetizers served at same time with one forgotten and finally failing to put in my main course order. The service could not have been worse. The manager attempted to deal with this offering some desserts which were appreciated. Unfortunately evidently my go to restaurant has not recovered from the pandemic and I will find a new local standby . What a disappointment!

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
15 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Liked it! Food was great and service ver nice.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on 17 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went on a Saturday for brunch, and indoors was VERY loud to the point I had to yell to talk to the person across the table from me. Otherwise, everything was great!

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Simon
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 30 June 2021
Overall5food5service1ambience5

Hissing hostess ruined the mood. Not coming back again.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 13 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Gracious service and excellent food. Their scrambled eggs are super luscious and the best in the city

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vipCulpman
New York Area
30 reviews
Dined on 13 June 2021
Overall5food3service5ambience5

Always love restaurant, but this pandemic reducing the menu items is not acceptable anymore.
My wife could not enjoy her chicken salad and I could not enjoy the prime rib roast sandwich.
I go to a restaurant for the food.
I cannot eat the atmosphere.
I hope things really get back to normal.
If this is the new normal please accept my condolences.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 6 June 2021
Overall3food2service1ambience3

Overall a mediocre experience. Service was slow at the beginning so took 25 min to get first round of drinks and then service was overly prompt at the end when they wanted us to pay the bill. Food was just OK. Appetizers were better than our entrees.

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vipHungry99
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on 24 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server was amazing. Failed to ask his name but he’s blonde/light hair and so incredibly nice.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 23 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service

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vipAndrewM
Chicago
17 reviews
Dined on 16 May 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Great place! The outdoor patio is beautiful. Lemon pancakes were super fluffy and delicious, and the burger was also fantastic. Definitely would come again.

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vipSandyB
Vancouver
3 reviews
Dined on 11 May 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Great restaurant

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vipSwissman
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on 9 May 2021
Overall3food4service2ambience5

Love Lafayette but this was a poor experience. All our food arrived cold. Wait staff forgot about us after food was delivered. Not sure if they are understaffed or we were just ‘lucky’

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vipTommyRocket
New York Area
21 reviews
Dined on 2 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of my favorite brunch spots. Dinner is a superb experience here as well but the brunch, in the bright & airy room, is a perfect Sunday recharge. Order the bread basket to start. The pain au chocolat is to die for

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vipSKDNYC
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on 28 April 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Sat outside on A beautiful night. Food was great, especially the endive salad. Portable speaker was positioned right next to our table and the volume of the music fluctuated, at times making conversation impossible. No need for music outside unless there is a quality sound system.

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Kaila
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 21 April 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lafayette is always a wonderful experience, the food never disappoints and the staff is always friendly and helpful.

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vipEdBern
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on 20 April 2021
Overall3food5service3ambience4

Waiters are entirely overworked. Waiter to guest ratio completely off. The waiters were literally running from table to table. At these prices, hire more waiters!!!

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PamelaR
London
1 review
Dined on 18 April 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was great except not all outdoor seating is the same so be specific (sun, shade, on the sidewalk side, against the wall) when you book.

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vipAppolonia
New York Area
62 reviews
Dined on 17 April 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a lovely meal with great staff and delicious food. As always.

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vipMaeve
Philadelphia
14 reviews
Dined on 16 April 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was lovely. The hostess sat us right away. Everything was clean and social distance was happening. It was wonderful

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viplisagg
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on 14 April 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience4

The food was excellent although I hope they expand the menu which seems limited in choices. The service started out very weak. Eventually our server was replaced by someone who was much more attentive. I had the escargot, the scallops and the Mille Feuille, hazelnut creme legere for dessert. I enjoyed every bite of everything I had.

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vipCT01
New York Area
67 reviews
Dined on 12 April 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Very nice to be back at Lafayette. With the restrictions imposed by NYC, the place was very quiet - which at least made it easy to talk! The food was good as usual, and the service attentive.

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vipVictoriaK
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 11 April 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food and great service, great french food in NYC

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vipJackieS
London
5 reviews
Dined on 10 April 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this place. Yummy food and service.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 9 April 2021
Overall3food3service5ambience5

Small brunch menu

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Danbee54
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on 4 April 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always, exquisite food and service. Making to my son's 16th birthday memorable will always be cherished.

I continue to sing Lafayette praises amongst my friends, and have brought some to the restaurant to experience the magic firsthand.

I hope that the bakery reopens soon (I'm assuming it's covid-related) because I was a bit dismayed to not see the goodies in yhe glass display to the right of the entrance.

Otherwise, all was well in this stellar establishment. It was nice to be back.

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Kateryna
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 3 April 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place for breakfast and lunch.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on 29 March 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Price a little bit steep for Manhattan, like as if I am dining in midtown. Best. Onion. Soup ever. The short rib burger was very good.

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conniek
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 27 March 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience2

The food was great and the restaurant was really gorgeous overall. It was a little bit loud around us while we were eating but other than that I would recommend!

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vipHungryjack151
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on 26 March 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Go! You'll have fun and be plenty safe. Great job by all.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 21 March 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service and food were great as usual. We sat outside which was lovely. We did have to wait almost 45 mins despite having a reservation which was frustrating.

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vipAmandaM
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on 13 March 2021
Overall3food4service4ambience5

More lunch options than breakfast/brunch. Great atmosphere

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PKNYC
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on 11 March 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

We had a good experience during Covid-19 times. Temperature taken upon arrival and socially distanced from tables. Wished the menu was more diverse and more selections. We like red wine but no Cabernet selections. Enjoyed the ambience and incredible servie though.

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SuanneT
New England
4 reviews
Dined on 6 March 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved it. Great bread and the atmosphere with outdoor tents beautiful

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 5 March 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The fondue was amazing !!!

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OpenTable Diner
Caribbean
1 review
Dined on 26 December 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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vipPhilipA
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 25 December 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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vipCourtney
Los Angeles
10 reviews
Dined on 25 December 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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vipmoki
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 24 December 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 20 December 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Neighborhood staple. Love it so much.

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AllicetteT
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on 19 December 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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Lafayette is rated 4.7 stars by 2859 OpenTable diners.

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