Lafayette

4.6
2908 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.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitising
  • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
Protective equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
Screening
  • Contact tracing information collected
  • Proof of vaccination required to dine indoors
What 2908 People Are Saying
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4.6based on recent ratings
4.4
Food
4.4
Service
4.6
Ambience
4.0
Value
Noise · Moderate
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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
19 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Excellent all around. Incredible yummy dinner and the waiters did everything they could to accommodate our specific food needs.

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vipChristine297
New York Area
36 reviews
Dined on January 2, 2022
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Love Lafayette. They never disappoint. Expensive but worth it!

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vipKatrinaG
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on January 2, 2022
Overall3Food3Service3Ambience3

The price fix menu fro brunch at $65 per person is not good value I think it’s over priced and not even impressive

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vipGemma
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2022
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

One of my fav spot in the city! And one of my fav

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vipMikey
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2022
Overall3Food2Service3Ambience5

My husband and I had a rather ho-hum meal on New Year’s Day. I had the Eggs Benedict with Salmon and My husband had the Nicoise Salad. We thought both were mediocre and there was not enough flavoring in the Nicoise, particularly salt and there was just mushy salmon in the Eggs Benedict. More than a little disappointed. This is our favorite brunch spot. Hoping it was an off day.

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vipOpenTable Diner
5 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The rotisserie chicken dinner entree wasn’t what I was planning on having on Christmas Day but when the person next to me and my date at the bar got her entree, the smell alone directed me straight to it. The most amazing flavors, Lafayette really made such a simple homie dish into something so special and elevated. I loved it! For desert we had to order two separate dishes as we couldn’t choose. The margaritas were so balanced and delicious. I can’t hardly wait to come back when it’s a bit warmer to enjoy in the front patio.

I will say my this wasn’t my first time at the restaurant and as a request to the chef… I had a dish about two years ago now that was a lunch or brunch special I really cannot recall which. “Oxtail ravioli” maybe? It was a one time thing that I have never been able to experience again and I got lucky enough savor it here.

PLEASE add it to the menu at least for 1 day a week.
I promise I will be here weekly for it. I cannot recall a better pasta dish than that in my entire life.

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ChristineS
1 review
Dined on December 25, 2021
Overall2Food1Service2Ambience5

Waited almost 30 minutes for dinner to arrive.Risotto was overcooked and did not resemble rice.Only 4 scallops , steak was chewy and fries were cold. We had to order a second portion of bread because our dinner took so long to arrive.We should not have been charged.

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DianaL
1 review
Dined on December 25, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The Manager, Nicholas, was great! Excelent service! Super recomended

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RecoveringExpat
Philadelphia
15 reviews
Dined on December 12, 2021
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience5

Great atmosphere, tasty food. Exactly what we were hoping for to have a special brunch.

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vipCourtneyN
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on December 4, 2021
Overall3Food3Service3Ambience3

Service was average, food quality inconsistent and lacking variety

DM
vipDougM
Los Angeles
27 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

It was lovely. Expensive of course.

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MeganY
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 28, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

A lovely restaurant with great food and an airy feeling that is a nice change from typically confined NY restaurants

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on November 27, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Great food and service.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 20, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Had a great and wonderful brunch here. Our server Livia was super friendly and attentive, took great care of us. All the servers we interacted with were also kind.
The ambiance and the interior setup was also very calming. Highly recommend this place.

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vipBianca
New York Area
47 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great get together with friends from out of town. Enjoyed the food the atmosphere and the service with Lilia. Will be back.

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soleluna
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2021
Overall3Food3Service4Ambience5

This has always been one of my favorite restaurants for years for the atmosphere and service. The food is good but there are other Andrew Carmellini restaurants I like more for the food yet this is the one I visit the most for the reasons stated above. What surprised me the most is that I had reservations inside and not once was I asked to see my vaccine card. People were coming in and out with no mask sitting or standing at the bar in close quarters and no one seemed concerned about asking for proof of vaccination. Same for the other person in my party or anyone we noticed enter. I expected more from this place.

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ClaudiaD
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

Excellent service, great outdoor seating, and great dinner music. Food was exceptional.

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vipKevinathome
New York Area
31 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2021
Overall4Food4Service3Ambience4

Lafayette works really well for pre-Public Theater dining. The food is well presented and tasty and the staff are efficient and mindful of the time.

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louisc
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We loved everything about our evening from soup to nuts. Thank you

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vipNYCBeth
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Lafayette is one of our go to places before attending performances at the Public Theater. Everyone enjoyed their recent dinner, our first visit since the pandemic. The service was attentive and we look forward to the next time.

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vipSpoiledDiva
New York Area
28 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Chic & trendy, great service!

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 29, 2021
Overall3Food2Service4Ambience4

The escarole salad was way overdressed, the poached egg was anemic.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

I was a bit worried before trying this place after reading the mixed reviews, but my friend and I had a wonderful experience there! The options at brunch do run out towards the afternoon (we went around 1:45) but what we ordered were very delicious. My friend had salmon Benedict, I had Niçoise salad and fries on the side. The fries were superb. Ambience is amazing and the waiter who served us was very kind and thoughtful. Would definitely visit again!

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vipJonO
New York Area
40 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Once in awhile you find a restaurant that just fits you in every way. Lafayette was our wonderful discovery this past Sunday…wonderful service, delicious food, chic decor…just a little bit of Parisian charm that made this a totally enjoyable experience.

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vipJILLY
50 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Fabulous brunch. We choose it at the last minute and it was a hit. Eggs Benedict and beef tartare perfectly prepared.

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OpenTable Diner
Detroit
1 review
Dined on October 24, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

great! good food nice staff

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EmilyD
New Orleans
5 reviews
Dined on October 22, 2021
Overall4Food3Service4Ambience5

Birthday dinner in pleasant (though urban-noisy) outdoor area. Food was OK, but not as good as on 2 previous occasions. Service was a little patchy, but always polite. Nice night out, but a little disappointed in the food.

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edin
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Lovely place in every respect.

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vipOpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2021
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

The salmon could have been cooked a tiny bit more — and maybe a little bit more flavour. But otherwise very good.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great restaurant with terrific service.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on October 8, 2021
Overall2Food2Service2Ambience4

A bit overpriced in my opinion for the quality of food

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vipDanF
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall3Food4Service3Ambience3

It was great to see the restaurant bustling again on a Saturday night, and while the current staff is working extremely hard to maintain Lafayette's previous standards, diners will need to lower their expectations.

The general vibe of the hostess and servers was very professional and friendly, though we had challenges with wine service. They are working with an understandably smaller list, but surprisingly there was no sommelier there on a busy weekend evening. We sent back two bottles because each was a different vintage than that on the list, and it took 20+ minutes to talk to a manager that eventually guided us to a good bottle.

Fortunately dinner was very well prepared -- tender scallops, rich salmon, and a silky chocolate mousse.

So while it's a little Wild West in the NYC restaurant scene these days, we appreciated the Lafayette teams' efforts and hope to see them return to their usual high standards soon.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Everything was absolutely amazing . My friend damila worked here before and recommended this place. I enjoyed every single thing. Will definitely be coming back .

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vipPastaLover
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 1, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Escargots and beef tartare are a must! Very good outdoor setup too.

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viptalimato
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

This restaurant is great! Great service and food! Great ambiance! Would definitely come back!

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2021
Overall2Food2Service3Ambience4

The steak was chewy and over-seasoned. Had to pay for bread (the quantity was small); when asked for additional bread, restaurant wanted additional money.

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vipKyleSouk
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2021
Overall1Food1Service2Ambience2

This was our third time dining at Lafayette and it certainly has gone down hill. I ordered a bottle of wine the minute I sat down and it took them 20 mins to bring it out. My fiancée ordered a cocktail. That took 25 mins. All the while the server continued to ask us if we knew what we wanted to eat yet. I kindly
Explained once she successfully fulfills one order we can move to the next. I ordered eggs Benedict when the wine finally arrived…. The eggs were cold and vinegary. Atop of that they were served in a bowl and the toast was so hard it was barely edible. All around very poor dining experience. We couldn’t wait to leave.

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vipdoc1
New York Area
21 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We had a great time and enjoyed delicious food. The ambiance is awesome and we loved that the restaurant requires proof of vaccine even for outdoor diners. We had an amazing waitress and all staff were kind and professional. Definitely will go back.

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vipStacey
New York Area
65 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2021
Overall4Food3Service5Ambience5

I wanted the tuna cooked rather than rare on the salad which they would not do.
Beet salad good.
Shrimp undercooked and sauces not interesting.
Hamburger delicious
Outdoor dining wonderful
Service very pleasant
Bellini classic

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vipLeonA
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2021
Overall1Food1Service2Ambience2

Nasty host. Food arrived before drinks. And the omelette looked like it was made with one egg. Overall terrible experience. Ambience of the Upper East side out of place in the East Village/Noho. The former Chinatown Brasserie was so much better- fun and hip. This place is unhip and defines white privilege.

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You can order delivery directly from Lafayette using the Order Online button. Lafayette also offers takeaway which you can order by calling the restaurant at (212) 533-3000.

Lafayette is rated 4.6 stars by 2908 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.