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  • French, Bakeries
  • 380 Lafayette St, New York NY10012 40.727598 -73.993515
  • (Btwn Great Jones & E 4th St)
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  • (212) 533-3000
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User Ratings (Based on 16 reviews)

Food 2.9 Value 2.3
Service 3.6 Atmosphere 4.0

Other Restaurant Info

(212) 533-3000
Visa, MC, AmEx
Breakfast Mon-Fri: 7:30am-11:30am Sat-Sun: 8am-10am Lunch Mon-Fri: 12pm-3pm Dinner Sun-Wed: 5:30pm-11pm Thu-Sat: 5:30pm-12am Brunch Sat-Sun: 10am-3pm Apres Midi Daily: 3pm-5:30pm
Breakfast, Dinner
Accepts Credit Cards, Brunch, Lunch, Online Reservations, Private Parties, Prix Fix Menus, Raw Bar, Trendy

User Reviews

  • Lafayette

    Posted by Becky on 06/28/2013

    All show no go!

    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.

  • Lafayette

    Posted by Scandalabra on 06/26/2013

    meh -

    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.

  • Lafayette

    Posted by foodfan on 06/11/2013

    It's on its way

    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.

  • Lafayette

    Posted by anonymous on 06/09/2013

    Food's not great, Service is FANTASTIC

    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!

  • Lafayette

    Posted by Ellie on 05/27/2013

    happily surprised

    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.

  • Lafayette

    Posted by AC fan on 05/08/2013

    Mediocre, at best

    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.

  • Lafayette

    Posted by Anony on 05/07/2013

    Ok, not great

    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.

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