We headed to Andrew Carmelini’s newest everyday French restaurant in NoHo after seeing Miss No Where Diner — an off-Broadway production that runs through Sunday June 23 at the Robert Moss Theatre, as part of the Plant Connections Theatre Festivity. The 90-minute powerful play about faith by a trusting wife and deceit by the gambling husband, benefits NAMI – the National Alliance of Mental Illness.
To start, we had the refreshing Maine crab tartine ($13) of moist crab with a lemon aioli scented with fresh sorrel, tarragon and parsley on crisp toasts. A glass of La Fôret des Dames Sancerre ‘Rèserve Vieilles Vignes’ 2011, Loire ($15) was the perfect math.
We then shared two pasta dishes also worth the trip. Fleur de Soleil ($18) contains flower-shaped pasta with sugar snap and English peas, sauteed fennel, crispy pan-fried pancetta in a butter sauce with at touch of mint; and squid ink fettuccine with cockles, cuttlefish and shrimp with a chorizo butter sauce ($21).
Normally, I skip dessert – but being part of my long birthday celebration, we ordered their new decadent black forest flambe. That’s cherry ice cream studded with cherries and chocolate chunks a top chocolate sponge cake, all covered in meringue. When served, the waiter lit cherry-scented Grand Marnier and poured it over the dessert for a spectacular presentation. That and a lit sparkling torch that came with the comp burnt honey vacherin. That’s burnt honey nouget ice cream, crispy minty meringue with a mint sauce and apricot preserves served on a “happy birthday” inscribed plate. If you like celebrating birthdays, Lafayette is a fun place to do so.