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Posted by Anonymous on 04/07/2015
After my first disappointing visit, shortly after it opened, I had no intention of ever returning. However, I was meeting my friend for lunch; she works nearby and chose it, and said she liked it enough to eat there at least once or twice a week. Ok. I'll give it a second chance. In my very humble opinion, it was still disappointing, and perhaps even more so, because I expected some improvement. The food was still fair, and still overly expensive. and still had that air of pretension, and our waiter had much attitude of indifference and boredom. I must say that the hostesses were pleasant, unlike the first time, when they couldn't even smile. Since the inside was relatively empty (most diners were sitting outside), at least it was spacious, and relaxing, and we were able to sit for quite a long time without being rushed. That being said, it certainly wasn't enough for me to return for a third time.
Posted by LisaCPW on 09/23/2014
My husband and I started with a cocktail at the bar ($18 Martini). We've paid this amount for a drink in many high-end places but here the drink is tiny and there were no complimentary nuts, olives, etc. So that's $45 for our aperitif. Although small, it was a nice Martini. We then ate in the section behind the bar and I decided an inexpensive bottle of wine was a better value than buying 2-3 glasses. Rob, the sommelier, was very helpful in chosing one of the least expensive bottles which was delicious. Our waiter Zac was also attentive and friendly. The chicken we ordered was good but not great. We dine out ioften and it's worth it to come here because it's an attractive space, but almost $20 for apps, and close to $40 for entrees is too much with all of the other options in town. The place was half empty and I think if they adjusted their pricing they'd be packing them in.
Posted by anon on 06/11/2014
I went last year when they opened - not impressed - surprised that the chef turned out such mediocre fare - LOVE his other restaurants. But have been back and each time is better than the last - it's amazing. There is not a bad thing on the menu - great wines - I don't love the design but it's a very warm and activated space - it truly feels like you're in a film about a restaurant in New York. Nothing not to love. Yay.
Posted by anonymous on 04/10/2014
Carmellini shines once again-off to a rough start when they first opened, this restaurant shines! The food is wonderful, service superb and the Sommelier is one of the best I have encountered! What a fun evening we had and a dining experience to be remembered. We have been back several times and the food and wines are consistently good. So glad this restaurant can be placed in the same category of La Conde Verde and The Dutch.
Posted by Anonymous on 12/29/2013
Lafayette is a beautiful space, especially during the holidays, when the windows are decorated with wreaths and lights. The service was friendly and attentive. However, the food was disappointing and overpriced. My steak was devoid of any dry-aged flavor, and was dry even though I ordered it medium-rare. The egg lafayette was good, but I would not pay $9 again for one deviled egg.
Posted by Doris S. on 08/12/2013
I have to disagree with some of the negative reviews that I have read & which almost kept me away from this wonderful restaurant. Went there Saturday night. Sat outside by choice. Had Heirloom tomato salad, Halibut, Steak Frittes & a marvelous strawberry dessert. All were delicious. The service was great. The wine was terrific. We had a fabulous dining experience.
Posted by PH on 07/21/2013
We were invited by friends, so we did not select this restaurant ourselves. Our reservation was for 6:30 this past Saturday night...early for us, but the only time that was available. I had extremely low expectations after reading these reviews. Were we very pleasantly surprised! Service, from the hostess who received us (no wait), to the person who took us to our table was professional, especially considering how young (and probably inexperienced) these people were. Our waitress probably could have been a bit more informed on the details of the dishes, but was attentive without being obtrusive. From the Sancerre wine to a crusty whole wheat bread, appetizer of snap peas with a pesto sauce and ricotta salata (divine), to the perfectly cooked halibut over corn with roasted mushrooms, sides of spinach and broccoli rabe, to the plum tart for dessert and the perfect cup of coffee, the food was flavorful and delicious. Other items ordered and enjoyed by our party included a grey goose martini, mussels, a pasta nicoise, the Eggs Lafayette appetizer, a roasted mushroom appetizer and steak frites. The interiors are gorgeous, and definitely reminiscent of a French Bistro, albeit much larger. The architectural details were wonderful. There was a buzz which made the atmosphere fun, but we could easily hear what our party members were saying, something rare in restaurants today. We all agreed that we are eager to return to this great new restaurant. Hope it can keep up its quality!