Andrew Carmellini’s “grand cafe” has opened to much pomp and circumstance. With partners-in-crime restauranteurs Luke Ostrom and Josh Pickard, Craft alum Damon Wise as chef de cuisine, Aureole’s former pastry chef Jen Yee, and Per Se veteren James Belisle baking bread – phew, we’re out of breath already – the former Chinatown Brasserie space is now transformed into the largest all-day French bistro this neighborhood has ever seen. Highlights are the spacious art-deco ambience, beautifully made cocktails with ingredients like pink peppercorns and egg whites, and the bakery’s late-night hours. Foodie scenesters will be eating and critiquing at Lafayette for the forseeable future – head up to NoHo and check it out for yourself while the rotisserie is still burning hot.

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