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Lafayette Grand Café & Bakery
French Restaurant$$$
Today 7:30AM–11PM
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380 Lafayette St New York, NY 10003
380 Lafayette StreetUSNew YorkNew York10003
(212) 533-3000lafayetteny.com
$$$French RestaurantToday 7:30AM–11PM
Friday 7:30AM–11PMSaturday 8AM–11PMSunday 8AM–11PMMonday 7:30AM–11PMTuesday 7:30AM–11PMWednesday 7:30AM–11PMThursday 7:30AM–11PM
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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 new French country cooking and the daily social rhythms of eating for pleasure. Our light-flushed dining room features soaring arched windows overlooking the NoHo streetscapes and a live-action rotisserie bar. Our corner boulangerie-patisserie is open all hours offering artisanal breads, Stumptown coffee drinks, a light breakfast or lunch and a host of confections. In warm weather months, a sidewalk cafe opens daily.

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Sprawling belle epoque-style brasserie & bakery serving classic French fare & cocktails.- Google
"Best pancakes in town ! Ideal place to have a traditional American breakfast."
"The caramel and peacans really stood out on a airy eclair pastry."
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blue sky
2 weeks ago
Reviewing as a dinner restaurant with a note to self to return for brunch. Lafayette gets five stars for the French country rustic decor and vibe it seemlessly executes. Tile floors and backsplashes, wainscoting, and warm gold/ brown/ white tones soften the metal hardware of the light fixtures, rails and handles peppered throughout the space. The outdoor seating is ample and spacious, though the interior was something we were pleased to experience. Drinks and food are both excellent in portion (almost surprisingly so since it's upscale French) and execution. Cocktails run about $13-15, but quality spirits, a generous pour, and service with a single large cube made it seem fair. I savored the Vermouth Amelie with a soft, mildly sweet taste of dark liquor and citrus. The lamb tangine left me awestruck from service (presented in a covered Moroccan patterned dish) through each savory bite. Pieces of lamb simmered slowly in eastern flavors with chunks of carrot and other veggies (seemed like a cousin of zucchini but I couldn't place it) left it soft as butter. The couscous was flavorful, and served with toasted, slivered almonds, and a midly salt and garlicked yogurt. My mom had the wood grilled trout. While my dish was heartier and fit for a chilly day or to serve a hearty appetite, the trout was reminiscent of light Spring flavors. It was the type of meal you'd truly enjoy eating, but then feel good inside and out for good clean nourishment. Of course there was dessert to the tune of a salted caramel mille feiulle. The pastry was impossibly thin and flaky, and the caramel was fantastically real - not some melted high fructose corn syrup junk melted just long enough to serve. We shared it and loved every second of it. The only culinary downside for the evening was the bitterness of the coffee. So much good but only 3 stars. Service was obviously figuring out its operation while we were there. Our first waiter dropped off menus, but was quite slow to return for drink or food orders. We had to ask for bread once our meals were served (we had bread plates, so knew it existed), and also for our water glasses to be refilled. Once they got the memo, they were more attentive. Four different waiters helped at some point or other, but they didn't communicate with each other making us have to repeat requests for things a few times. They were wonderfully friendly and patient, but at a restaurant of this caliber I expect service on point. Prices are around $15 for appetizers, $10 for sides, $22-25 for pastas $33-36 for meats & fish, and $15 for dessert. I'll certainly visit again!
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veteran011
in the last week
Went during NYC Restaurant Week 2016. Had the 3-course prix fixe meal. It was outstanding. Not cheap tho.
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Juan Gutierrez
4 months ago
Very good bakery. Nice atmosphere. Good outside seating. Food is ok. Prices are decent. If you're in a rush you can just pick up some bakeries and go.
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Kevin Chan
6 months ago
Came here for the bakery section and they have lovely macarons and a praline eclair. You can't go wrong with any of their bakery items. The mixed flavor macarons were made perfectly and the fillings inside flavor really stood out. The rasberry and chocolate ones were my favorite. The macaron shell had the right amount of crunch and soft texture inside. The praline eclair was also good. The caramel and peacans really stood out on a airy eclair pastry. Great place for a snack at their bakery section.
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Lynn S
a month ago
The pro move here is to order from their bakery counter, as the Pastry Chef Jen Yee is well-established and does an excellent job. Love the croissants and muffins. She's also very accommodating with special orders for events.
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William YJ Lee
in the last week
A decent place for brunch. Delicious foods and great decorations. Great place for a date.
joan geisler
4 months ago
Prices were high for an egg and potato breakfast, nothing special about it. It was nice to sit outside but there was a bit of pretense in the air. Our waitperson was nice and efficient, but there was a long wait for the check.
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Brad S
2 months ago
The service was mediocre, the atmosphere was also. Food was not french cuisine, big portions, overcooked, poorly flavored. Wine overpriced. Go to Balthazar again instead.

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