380 Lafayette St. (between 4th and Great Jones St.)
New York, NY 10003
Pardon my absence, but I’ve been super busy on the receiving end and giving end of what I have come to hate with a passion: the flu. I definitely remember a time when the flu was just a minor annoyance that actually came with tremendous benefits, such as missing school and being taken care of. The pains from the flu have gotten exponentially worse as I’ve aged. Yes, I would much rather go to work than feel like a train ran over my body and a thousand samurais lived in my throat.
Anyway, after more than 30 hours of sleep over three days and over 30 cups of water, I am now well enough to blog for you. You’re welcome!
M.B., Y.N., L.S and I recently got brunch at Lafayette, a very New York style French restaurant, reminding me of Balthazar. I’m going to say upfront that my experience at Lafayette was also very similar to Balthazar: mediocre food in a nice, bustling, classic New York feeling restaurant. M.B. and I got orange and grapefruit juices to vitamin C up our morning before our meal.
After at least 15 minutes perusing the menu, Y.N. and I both finally settled on the Smoked Salmon Benedict on Brioche with Sauce Choron ($21). I really actually wanted the breakfast sandwich but it was a $16 breakfast sandwich that I know wouldn’t have been as good as a Sausage Egg McMuffin. So I decided to at least get something worth a bit more, like smoked salmon.
I’m disappointed in you, Chef Andrew Carmellini. You have won two James Beard Awards and have received a three-star review from the NYTimes. How can you let your chefs mess up a poached egg? Notice how the exterior of the yolk is already that dull yellow color, the color of an unwanted egg yolk usually tossed aside in salad bars for egg-white-only ladies. I had my camera ready and everything to capture the moment the yolk cascaded down my salmon. That moment never happened.
It was kind of cute to have the toasts on the side. I guess. Like a great backdrop for my eggs or something. But it was actually pretty annoying to need to cut up all my food and place it on my bread to get a perfect bite. I normally love being very active with my food but for some reason, this was just annoying. Also, notice that egg yolk!!!!!!!!!!! (If you want to know what a benedict should taste like, check out Prune).
L.S. got the Baked Eggs Morrocaine with panisse (fried chickpea) and merguez (spicy sausage) ($21). L.S. only finished about half, although I’m not sure if it was ’cause she didn’t like it. I tried a bite and thought it was pretty yummy. It’s very flavorful and has a heavy dose of Middle Eastern spices. Texture was all a bit too much of the same for me. Otherwise good.
M.B. got the Soft Scrambled Eggs vol-au-vent with chevre and leeks ($17). I didn’t get to try but love the idea of creamy, soft scrambled eggs in a croissant bowl. Don’t think there is ANY way someone could mess this up. $17 is a pretty hefty price for this though.
Alright guys. Lafayette isn’t completely not worth coming back for. We shared a Coconut Banana Chocolate croissant ($3.50) which was awesome.
I loved the crispy coconut slivers on top with the glazed soft banana slices, flakey and buttery croissant, and deeply rich dark chocolate center. Yup, I would skip brunch and just have croissants and coffee.