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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!
Posted by Becky on 06/28/2013
Had a 10::00 res.on a Friday nite-told us to wait at bar for 40 min. Finally seated and had over salted food and just bad attitude all around. They have a lot of work to do to get there act together. The worst attitude was from the sommelier who truly looked like he didn't want to deal with another person. As much as we likeThe Dutch we truly had a terrible evening and will never return.
Posted by Scandalabra on 06/26/2013
Andrew Carmellini is a great chef. But Lafayette stinks. Literally - it still smells like fresh paint. Breakfast was lousy - my frittata was so dry and salty I needed three full waters. My partner's vol-au-vent arrived with the pastry soggy and the eggs grainy, salty and cool. Blech. Lunch was better - the chicken salad was a deconstructed masterpiece - I wish I'd ordered it instead of the mediocre, uninspired nicoise salad. And honestly, $5 for a Diet Coke? That would NEVER happen in Paris. There is upscale casual dining, then there is just obnoxious. Also - I'm calling it out. The Emperor's new clothes are hideous. The design is overdone, kitschy silliness. Those lights!?!? That graffiti?!?! Sigh. I trust Lafayette will improve with age. Carmellini is too great a chef for this. When he tweaks the problem dishes and the paint dries it will doubtless become a beloved destination. I'll wait.
Posted by foodfan on 06/11/2013
Still new, Lafayette shows signs of being a real treasure. It's handsome,the service is excellent, but the food at this point varies from very good to not-so-great: oddly enough, the two misses were both pastas. At lunch, the salade nicoise was fresh and abundant; at dinner an appetizer of pea pods in pesto was lovely, as was a roast chicken for two. The noise level is high, alas, but that's how it is these days. Definitely the place to go before the Public Theater.
Posted by anonymous on 06/09/2013
I had steak tartare and I cannot remember having had such a subpar experience. The pasta was surprisingly good in comparison. Also their pastries were all burned. The location is great, the space is super nice, service fantastic, however their menu is mediocre, and I was not impressed with the food. The bread is good though. Ha!