Brunch In Soho: Lafayette

During my time as a culinary student, I was required to work in a fine dining restaurant as a kitchen intern. I was lucky enough to have an amazing experience at TriBeCa’s Urban Italian Eatery, Locanda Verde. I cannot say enough wonderful things about the talented chefs and delicious foods that come out of that particular Andrew Carmellini restaurant. Locanda Verde is one of my favorite restaurants, I particularly value how each dish is region specific within Italy and tells its own story through the ingredients used.

During my time as a culinary student, I was required to work in a fine dining restaurant as a kitchen intern. I was lucky enough to have an amazing experience at TriBeCa’s Urban Italian Eatery, Locanda Verde. I cannot say enough wonderful things about the talented chefs and delicious foods that come out of that particular Andrew Carmellini restaurant. Locanda Verde is one of my favorite restaurants, I particularly value how each dish is region specific within Italy and tells its own story through the ingredients used.

I have now moved on to other endeavors, however, my good friend and now roommate, Rian, has just moved to New York City and will also be working in the kitchens of Locanda Verde. As a warm welcome to Manhattan, I decided to plan out an entire day of food related festivities for the both of us. I have gotten the opportunity to dine in both Locanda Verde as well as The Dutch, a regional American concept, however there were still a few Andrew Carmellini restaurants that I had yet to try. Therefore, I wasted no time in setting up lunch reservations at Lafayette, followed by dinner reservations at Little Park. Never before had I eaten two extravagant meals within one day. I really did not anticipate the amount of food I was committing myself to but it was a beautiful experience.

I have now moved on to other endeavors, however, my good friend and now roommate, Rian, has just moved to New York City and will also be working in the kitchens of Locanda Verde. As a warm welcome to Manhattan, I decided to plan out an entire day of food related festivities for the both of us. I have gotten the opportunity to dine in both Locanda Verde as well as The Dutch, a regional American concept, however there were still a few Andrew Carmellini restaurants that I had yet to try. Therefore, I wasted no time in setting up lunch reservations at Lafayette, followed by dinner reservations at Little Park. Never before had I eaten two extravagant meals within one day. I really did not anticipate the amount of food I was committing myself to but it was a beautiful experience.

We began our morning with glasses of champagne while seated in the light and airy French Bistro, Lafayette. Rain and I opted for the prix-fixe, three course lunch and ordered opposing items with the intent to share each dish. We proceeded to have a lovely two and a half hour lunch during which we dissected and discussed each plate.

We began our morning with glasses of champagne while seated in the light and airy French Bistro, Lafayette. Rain and I opted for the prix-fixe, three course lunch and ordered opposing items with the intent to share each dish. We proceeded to have a lovely two and a half hour lunch during which we dissected and discussed each plate.

First we nibbled on rich duck rillette on crostini with tangy pickled vegetables. This was followed by a flavorful bowl of mussels in a spicy cream sauce, which we soaked up with the remains of our bread basket.

First we nibbled on rich duck rillette on crostini with tangy pickled vegetables. This was followed by a flavorful bowl of mussels in a spicy cream sauce, which we soaked up with the remains of our bread basket.

While we waited for our entrees, we gave in and ordered the beef tartare, a favorite of both of ours.

While we waited for our entrees, we gave in and ordered the beef tartare, a favorite of both of ours.

Before the additional appetizer could arrive, we were faced with three plates- the crispy pan-fried skate with curried lentil salad, a grilled hanger steak with romesco sauce,  and  the fettuccini with sweet corn, shitake and tomato. Our eyes may have been a little larger than our stomachs! When the server brought our tartare he actually attempted to serve it to the table next to us because he didn’t believe that all of the food could actually be for us.

Before the additional appetizer could arrive, we were faced with three plates- the crispy pan-fried skate with curried lentil salad, a grilled hanger steak with romesco sauce, and the fettuccini with sweet corn, shitake and tomato. Our eyes may have been a little larger than our stomachs! When the server brought our tartare he actually attempted to serve it to the table next to us because he didn’t believe that all of the food could actually be for us.

The meal concluded with a dessert of sorbets as well as an apple tarte. I cradled a cup of espresso while savoring the sweetness of fresh apples wrapped in a flaky buttery crust and then promptly went home for a nap.

The meal concluded with a dessert of sorbets as well as an apple tarte. I cradled a cup of espresso while savoring the sweetness of fresh apples wrapped in a flaky buttery crust and then promptly went home for a nap.

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