Eat & Drink New York City Restaurants

Lafayette Grand Café & Bakery

April 20, 2016

There’s little else that can get me out of bed early on Sunday mornings than breakfast. As much as I love to doze away in bed and curl up underneath the covers for a few extra hours, once my stomach starts rumbling that’s the sign that I’ll eventually have to drag myself out of my cocoon in search of something to eat. And since I very rarely make pancakes for myself at home (still too tricky for my level of cooking haha), I always look forward to ordering them during Sunday brunch.

Especially if they’re topped with berries like the pancakes at Lafayette are!

After a short cab ride through Manhattan, we practically ran into the restaurant to get in from the cold. True story, it snowed later that day when I was driving back up to Connecticut despite the fact that it’s April!


I had randomly found Lafayette while googling “best breakfast spots in New York City,” and I am so glad that I did. Amazingly delicious food with a French flair, Lafayette is definitely one of my new favorite places to grab breakfast in the city. Plus their bacon is AMAZING! I have no idea how exactly they prepare it but I would definitely pay someone to make their bacon for me everyday.

I admired the pastries behind the counter, especially the almond croissants which have been one of my favorites since I first tried one at Borough Market, while we waited to be seated. Which means that the hostess definitely thought I had no manners since I was practically drooling by the time she came over to help us!



We had an early reservation, which meant that we got to enjoy the restaurant and its interior beauty to ourselves before more New Yorkers slowly made their way through the midnight blue door. As much as I love busy/buzzing restaurants, there’s something nice about being able to enjoy a conversation while knowing that there isn’t a nearby table that might eavesdrop or worry about bumping elbows with your neighbor. Granted I’m usually a little antisocial when I first wake up in the morning, so that might just be me!


I started off breakfast with tea and a green juice, which I’ve actually been a little addicted to lately. I usually drink a green smoothie for breakfast so I guess I shouldn’t be too surprised that I’m a fan of green juices too. They taste kind of like the part of the celery stalk that’s been in a Bloody Mary!


As I’ve already said, the chefs at Lafayette truly know how to make an amazing stack of pancakes. Lemon-y without being too sour, I practically couldn’t talk throughout our meal because my mouth was stuffed with lemon pancakes the whole time… Don’t worry though, a silly thing like that didn’t stop me from babbling and being my chatty self! Plus I loved that they put berries on top of the pancakes! Raspberries are bae.


Dad went with a healthier option with Lafayette’s omelette, which had brie (yum!), cauliflower, and an onion fondue. Definitely drool worthy too. I actually usually order savory dishes at brunch like this but I’ve been trying to branch out lately and go with more sweet options, like my pancakes!


Does food ever motivate you to get out of bed early on Sunday mornings or do you love sleeping in too much?


Lafayette Grand Café & Bakery
380 Lafayette Street
New York, NY 10003

*This post was written in collaboration with OpenTable.


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  • Oh my goodness, those pancakes look UNREAL! So fluffy!

    • I loved these pancakes! They were the exact right amount of fluffy!

  • Rachel

    Oh my gosh! These pancakes look so amazing! I love the combination of lemon and berries, it’s so refreshing! I am beyond hungry right now! haha Sounds like a great restaurant!

    xo, Rachel
    A Blonde’s Moment

    • I’m such a fan of pancakes that I’ll use any excuse to eat them! Plus the berries on top were so fresh!

  • Biana Perez

    This looks like a darling little spot!! Love the front door! xo, Biana

    • The front door was so pretty! The restaurant definitely had a Parisian vibe to it!

  • Oh my gosh, yum! I love nothing more than to eat a luxurious breakfast. For some reason it feels like even more of a treat than on other meals.

    Amy Ann
    Straight A Style

    • That’s exactly how I feel whenever I order pancakes! It’s almost more like I’m ordering dessert than breakfast!

  • Food motivates me for anything, haha, definitely a way to bribe me! This place sounds amazing, I’ve never been, but will definitely keep it in mind because those pancakes look absolutely delicious and I love the interior! Thanks so much for sharing, beautiful, and I hope your’e having a great start to your day so far!



    • The interior of the restaurant was so gorgeous and definitely had a Parisian vibe to it! And my pancakes were amazing!!

  • Len Dela Peña Parent

    Oh how delicious! Great post darling. Thanks for sharing!Have a wonderful day!
    Much love, Len

    • Thank you and the pancakes were amazing!

  • Oh wow, those pancakes look incredible and I like the industrial setting

    • I loved the interior of the restaurant too! It definitely had a Parisian café vibe!

  • Those pancakes look DELICIOUS!

    • My pancakes were SO DELICIOUS! I would definitely order them again in a heartbeat!

  • What a wonderful place to spend a morning at! I love the decor and the food looks delicious! I like to get up early and enjoy the quiet. 🙂

    • I definitely really enjoyed getting to eat breakfast and chat without having to yell over other peoples’ conversations. I definitely enjoy getting up early on Sundays sometimes!

  • brunch is my favorite! looks super tasty!

  • WhatWouldVWear

    This looks beyond yummy! So good and I’m glad you enjoyed it too!

    Happy Wednesday, love!

    xoxo, Vanessa

    • My pancakes were amazing!! The fruit on top was just the icing on the cake!

  • Looks so yum! Now I’m hungry!!

    Xox Dana Ivy //

    • Lafayette’s pancakes were so drool-worthy! Loved them to the last bite!

  • Blaire Bingham

    Those pancakes look divine! What a fun place for brunch!
    xo, Whitney and Blaire
    Peaches In A Pod

    • Lafayette was such a gorgeous breakfast spot! And the food was delicious too!

  • Angharad

    Ohhhh so yummy! The pancakes look lush. If my boyfriend and I are going in a road trip and we need to leave early in the morning then we usually stop off at McDonalds for breakfast. Lafayette looks so much nicer though, and would definitely get me out of bed earlier on a Sunday morning! Angharad x

    • I’ve definitely had a few early mornings eating breakfast at McDonald’s too haha! The food at Lafayette was so delicious!

  • This looks like such a quaint spot. And those pancakes — delicious! I love a good breakfast, and like you, I enjoy sleeping in. This spot seems perfect! I’m adding it to my NYC list now.

    • I loved the Parisian café vibe at Lafayette, which was so fun considering that we were in the middle of Manhattan! I can’t wait to go back and try their lunch/dinner menu!

  • The pancakes look amazing. Pancakes are beyond my skills in the kitchen too.

    • I’m so useless when it comes to making pancakes! I either burn them or totally undercook them!

  • Aditi Oberoi Malhotra

    This place is amazing! All the foods looks so delicious!!

    Adi xx

    • Both of our meals were amazing! I would definitely recommend Lafayette!

  • Pisa

    These place look so beautiful! And the pancakes look so tasty, want to eat them now 😀
    Have a great week!
    XO, Pisa

    • The interior of Lafayette was so gorgeous!! I loved all of the natural lighting!

  • thefashionfolks

    Looks so delicious!! Xx

    • Both of out meals were amazing!!

  • This place is so cute + the food looks amazing. 🙂 Thanks for sharing, doll!

    Le Stylo Rouge

    • Lafayette had the cutest interior and definitely reminded me of a Parisian brasserie!

  • Nina

    What a great place, love the Danish pastry and your pancake looks super yummy,. xx

    • Yum my pancakes were amazing!

  • I love brunch too and those pancakes have my mouth watering! I love the combination of lemon and berries – so delicious 🙂

    • The fresh berries on top of the pancakes were the perfect touch for my breakfast!

  • Violette

    Woowww the pancakes!! I’m drooling!!

    • These lemon pancakes were amazing! The perfect choice for Sunday breakfast!

  • Vigi Raj

    The food looks amazing 🙂

    • All of the food at Lafayette looked amazing (including what people were ordering around us) and I can’t wait to try more of their menu!

  • Mes Voyages à Paris

    Wow! Everything looks so good!!


    Mónica Sors



    • We had such an amazing breakfast at Lafayette! Definitely my new favorite place to get breakfast in Manhattan now!

  • Kate

    This place looks so lovely, as do the pancakes! I agree, sometimes hunger is about the only thing that will get me out of bed! x

    Kate Louise Blogs

    • I sometimes cheat and force my boyfriend to make me breakfast in bed, but usually I’m good about dragging myself out of bed!

  • Carina Vardie

    Everything looks so tasty! I love sleeping in, but would definitely jump out of bed for this. ahaha


    • I’m a huge fan of sleeping in, and so the only things that can get me out of bed are food or if I’m traveling and have to get somewhere!

  • Kelsey & Kenecha

    Mmm everything looks great!


    • The pancakes at Lafayette are amazing!!

  • Trang Do

    Looks so delicious! Love this cafe!

    Love from {a lifestyle, fashion, beauty, and food blog}

    • Lafayette is such a gorgeous restaurant and I’m really looking forward to trying their lunch menu too!

  • Oh, this makes me want to go get some pancakes and just go OM NOM NOM NOM. It looks so tasty! <3

    xx Bash |   go say   H E Y   B A S H

    • I love pancakes (but as I said am terrible at making them), so I always look forward to ordering them at breakfast!

  • Those pancakes look amazing

    • These pancakes were so delicious!

  • Wellwell Girl

    oh god those pancakes!! x

    jess x |

    • These lemon pancakes were the things of dreams! SO delicious!

  • Rosanna Briguglio

    Yum, those pancakes look absolutely amazing, not helping with my hunger pangs!!
    Have a lovely weekend 🙂
    Rosanna x

    • I absolutely love pancakes and these were amazing!!

  • Oh God, you’re killing me! Not having access to pancakes right this minute is soul destroying haha – these look so, so good!!

    • Me too!! For now I’ll just stick to scrambled eggs though haha

  • Alix Niyonkinzo

    Mmh, looks so delicious <3

    x Alix N @

    • These pancakes were too delicious! Definitely my favorite plate of pancakes that I’ve had in NYC so far!

  • YUM those pancakes look amazing, now I’m craving them haha

    • These pancakes were so delicious!!

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