Of course an all day bistro is a good thing. But it’s awesome Ryan Sutton says it so well.
The thing you need to know about Lafayette, an all-day French brasserie in NoHo, is that it’s a ten minute walk from Balthazar, Keith McNally’s all-day French brasserie in SoHo.
The second thing you need to know about Lafayette, the subject of my 2.5 star Bloomberg News review last week, is that it serves better fries than Balthazar. They’re slightly thinner (though not shoestring thin), slightly crispier (but not crunchy), and slightly closer to perfection (if not quite as close as close to divinity as Montmartre’s). I suppose that’s something.
Keep this in mind next time you’re at The Balth, where it’s two deep at the bar, three deep at the host stand, and where your prime time wait is 90 minutes. Andrew Carmellini and his partners at were wise enough to realize that supply wasn’t meeting demand at Balthazar. So they gave us Lafayette, just a half-mile away.