Café Lafayette (CLOSED)
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With fewer than 30 seats, this café is a kind of secret locals like to keep to themselves—in order to have a better chance of scoring one of the red booths. Appetizers such as escargots share menu space with (decidedly less French) onion rings and shrimp fritters; the fabulous salad of warm spinach, bacon chunks, feta and caramelized walnuts is a meal in itself. Excellent mushroom risotto can be ordered as an appetizer or
an entrée. The coq au vin can be a bit tough, but is redeemed by a side of the best potato gratin west of Lyon, followed by an exquisite apple tart.
99 South Portland Ave
|Cross street:||at Fulton St|
|Transport:||Subway: C to Lafayette Ave, G to Fulton St|
|Price:||Average main course: $15. MC, V|
|Opening hours:||Mon–Thu noon–11pm; Fri noon–midnight; Sat, Sun 10:30am–4pm, 5pm–midnight|
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