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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!
Posted by Ellie on 05/27/2013
After reading those reviews, well after making my reservation, I was set for a poor meal. It was wonderful. The duck pate was tasty and presented beautifully. The waiter service was excellent and attentive and the fish my partner ordered was the best he ever had. My steak and french fries were great. I gave my partner his birthday present and soon there were tarts, cake and ice cream delivered with a lovely candle to celebrate his birthday without me asking. Wonderful! We will be going back, and back.
Posted by AC fan on 05/08/2013
I'm a huge fan of Carmellini... Love the Dutch and Laconda. So I was very excited to try Lafayette for dinner. We ate there last Friday night. The good: beautiful restaurant with a well dressed crowd. Fantastic cocktails. Very good service. The bad: the food was basically mediocre, at best. We ordered half the dishes on the menu and nothing was even remotely good. In a French brasserie, at least the French fries should be good. But even those were sub par. I may go back and give it another try in six months. Really, the food was that mediocre.
Posted by Anony on 05/07/2013
The resturant is gorgeous. I liked the fact that tables were not on top of eachother like in every other French restaurant. The steak tartar was good, but nothing stellar. The rotisserie chicken had no flavor, there was no jus. needed something.
Posted by anon on 05/03/2013
Had lunch there today and the restaurant is beautiful. If only the food matched the setting. Lunch was a simple goat cheese and grilled veggies sandwich. Skimpy, skimpy vegetables, hardly and goat cheese and very ordinary bread. The salad that accompanied the sandwich was so salty,it was inedible. Nobody at my table was happy with the food. It's such a pleasant place to eat, but they've got to improve the food. It's not that hard to make an interesting sandwich however, I got the feeling they didn't really care.