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80 Good

Andrew Carmellini’s French restaurant, grand café, and bakery offers a contemporary take on the classic brasserie.

380 Lafayette St., New York, NY, 10003


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The lowdown

Like some of the city’s other trendy brasseries, Andrew Carmellini’s version offers plates of fresh oysters, newfangled versions of duck au poivre, and twirls of skinny golden frites in soft paper cones. Unlike the others, there’s also a Balthazar-like boulangerie up front, where you can purchase fresh-baked croissants and pointy baguettes and ogle trays of overpriced pastries displayed under glass. The tall, airy room on Lafayette Street features Continental-style picture windows and spacious coffee-colored banquets, and it’s easily the prettiest, most workable space that Carmellini and his team have occupied since they began hatching restaurant ideas over a decade ago.

What you need to know

Insider Tips The restaurant offers some of the city’s most impressive private rooms: A smaller option hidden behind the bar, and a larger venue in the restaurant’s cellar space.

Recommended DishesDry-aged duck; steak tartare; rotisserie chicken grand-mère; pommes frites.

DrinksFull Bar

Noise LevelBring earplugs!