Last week, Erika was in town from California for work; since we hadn’t seen each other since the wedding, we decided to get together for dinner! Erika keeps tabs on all of the new restaurants in New York (and every where she goes!) so she listed Lafayette as one of the restaurants she wanted to visit. I really wanted to visit, too, so it seemed like it was the perfect place to meet for dinner! I got there after my AKTinMotion class and Erika accidentally went to Commerce instead of Lafayette…she called me and asked if we were still meeting for dinner and I asked her where she was – she said she was at the bar (I was at the bar at Lafayette while she was at the bar at Commerce!) Luckily, we straightened things out and she cabbed it over.
We started with some freshly baked bread and butteR:
For an appetizer, we shared the octopus:
And then shared the tuna nicoise pasta:
The tuna nicoise had canned tuna and fresh tuna mixed with the spaghetti – I preferred the flakey canned tuna to the fresh tuna because the texture and temperature were much better with the canned. The dish was pretty good, but I don’t think I’d order it again.
For the main course, we shared the roasted chicken for two:
The chicken comes with onions and potatoes and has a vinegary sauce. We couldn’t finish so I took it home for lunch the next day (Andrew Carmellini really knows how to roast chickens!)
For dessert, we shared a blueberry dessert with pickled bluberry ice cream, cornbread croutons and a cheese-like ice cream:
It was delicious – a very light and airy dessert that wasn’t too sweet and very refreshing.
After dinner, we stopped by the bakery at the front of the restaurant to pick up caneles!! They sell mini caneles (3 caneles for $4):
They are very miniature but are definitely some of the best caneles I’ve had in the city. We both enjoyed our dinner at Lafayette and then walked home together (rather, I walked with Erika to 14th and then Citibiked home and she went to her hotel!) It was so nice to catch up and to try the new restaurant – I definitely want to take Ken there some time soon.