Lavagna
Lavagna

Lavagna

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.lavagnanyc.com/
  • Phone: 212-979-1005
  • Hours of Operation:
    Brunch: Saturday & Sunday: 12:00pm - 3:30pm; Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 6:00pm - 11:00pm, Friday & Saturday: 6:00pm - 12:00am, Sunday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian
  • Executive Chef: Enrique Romero
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Beer, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Smoking Area (patio only), Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Private Party Facilities: Lavagna is available for parties up to 50 people. You may book the entire restaurant for lunch, or for dinner Monday through Thursday.
  • Private Party Contact: Yorgos 212-979-1005

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Ave. B
  • Public Transit: By Subway: F train to Second Ave stop 6 train to Astor Place
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: The closest public lot is located at 167 Essex Street and the corner of Houston, near Katz's Deli. It is a five block walk to the restaurant and we recommend the lot for parking during the weekends as street parking can be scarce.
A word from Lavagna
Lavagna opened its doors on February 1st 1999.The restaurant offers casual Italian trattoria fare at moderate prices. The vibe is candlelit, cozy, with an old wood burning oven, exposed brick walls, a pressed tin ceiling and a small wine bar where one can dine also. A wall of French doors swing open in the warmer weather to a seasonal sidewalk cafe of 20 seats. The kitchen concept is to create dishes traditionally Italian, emphasizing fresh, seasonal ingredients and product of the highest quality. The menu highlights include homemade pastas, a wood oven roasted fish for two, roast pork chop, baby rack of lamb and of course the rigatoni with sweet and spicy sausage that has become a classic over the years. The wine list has been a yearly recipient of the Wine Spectator Award of Excellence since 2002 and it focuses on hard to find wines from regional Italy along with other international selections.
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Lavagna reviews from OpenTable diners
82 reviews since May 5, 2014
Overall Rating4.4
  • Food4.4
    Service4.3
  • Ambiance4.3
    Noise LevelModerate
100% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (63)romantic (40)fit for foodies (39)great for outdoor dining (33)notable wine list (32)special occasion (24)good for groups (11)late-night find (6)great for brunch (5)hot spot (5)scenic view (5)vibrant bar scene (3)great for lunch (2)kid-friendly (2)Show More
  • OK
    DavidA
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    I was a regular at this restaurant but recently went there with a friend on a quiet Sunday summer night. I only ordered a pasta special which was bland and overcooked. My friend ordered salmon which was decent. We were offered a fish special for two only to find out a few minutes later that it was no longer available. Server was very nice, though. I won't make the trip to the East Village which we used to do since neither of us live anywhere near there.
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  • Lavagna doesn't disappoint.
    Kitty23
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    Great food, friendly atmosphere, over all very special.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Food & Service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    My husband and I brought my 93 year old grandmother here for dinner. She is hard to please and needs some special attention as she has a cane and has trouble walking. The staff was very nice and accomidated her every wish. My grandmother ate everything and fully enjoyed it. This is an acomplishment as she doesnt always feel this way after a night out. She even felt the the prices were reasonable. My husband and I enjoyed our food too. We look forward to going back with our 11 year old daughter.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 7/17/2014
    Great food, nice wine list, fab deserts. Lots of energy and really good service.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • home sweet home
    nycfoodisloveVIP
    Dined on 6/29/2014
    neighborhood italian with a home feeling and upscale taste. best pasta in this area of new york with a tasty variety and impressive specials every night. always go back for more...
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • One of the Best
    Barry
    Dined on 6/29/2014
    Great atmosphere, great food, great wine list, what else can I say!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • LOVED Lavagna
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    Vibrant, cozy East Village restaurant. Made a last minute open table reservation after "searching nearby" and was graciously seated when we arrived 15 minutes later. Food was fabulous! Atmosphere was excellent: a little loud but nice buzz, open front, tin ceilings, flattering lighting. Host was attentive and professional. Followed up our convivial meal with dessert at Big Gay ice cream in what will be one of our favorite future dinner/dessert pairings!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Relaxing Friday
    sophikie
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    My wife and I went for a quite dinner on Friday and were easily seated outside at 7pm. The food was delicious as was the wine.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Perfection at Lavagna
    cezerina
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    Really a hidden gem in the East Village - and in a city full of "amazing Italian restaurants." This is the one that stands out. Best homemade pasta I've ever had, the freshest ingredients, great ambiance, and a perfect way to celebrate a special occasion, or, you know, a Tuesday night.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • 2ndtimerVIP
    Dined on 6/20/2014
    We got there early and had a chance to grab one of the tables out front. There is limited seating outside. Overall for a first-timer a very nice experience. I will be back.
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  • East Village Gem
    mjm1VIP
    Dined on 6/20/2014
    Tucked away on E. 5th Street and Avenue B. Charming small exposed brick interior, sidewalk tables available. Great Italian menu at affordable prices. Congenial staff. Great place if you are going to the Metropolitan Playhouse for theatre.
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  • A neighborhood place
    FrednycVIP
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    If you are looking for a neighborhood dive (in the good sense), this is for you and me. It looks like it has always been on this block near Ave B. Friendly service, great reasonable wine list and food to match. Also makes a killer Old Fashioned. What else can you ask for?
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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  • Almost Perfect
    romantic
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    My husband and I love lavagna for its romantic and vibrant atmosphere, and of course the rigatoni. Our last visit was perfect with one minor disappointment - the artichoke appetizer left alot to be desired. one sliver of artichoke and a glob of humus was not what I thought we ordered. Still, we love this place and will keep coming back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • great summer night outdoor dining..
    dougiebee
    Dined on 6/12/2014
    delicious food, great wine list, friendly service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • JaneVIP
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    Very enjoyable evening. Food was delicious! Service was great. We will definitely go back again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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  • adorable neighborhood gem!
    dunebug
    Dined on 5/28/2014
    I am very happy to have discovered Lavagna in this neighborhood. It is a small, quaint and cozy, but the food could be the best Italian in the city. Everything we had was delcious, from the fresh bread and olive oil, the mussel appetizer, and the rigatoni entree, OMG. It is moderately priced with a great wine list. The service is great, they are very personable and care about your experience there. This is our new dining out go to!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, great for outdoor dining, romantic, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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  • i just love this place...
    GPOPVIP
    Dined on 5/23/2014
    I recently came back to Lavagna and loved it. The host and wait staff are attentive and the food is straight-up delicious. Sit inside or out and have fun!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lovely dinner with friends
    elbo1333
    Dined on 5/22/2014
    We enjoyed a warm and intimate dinner with out-of-town friends, thanks to the attentive, friendly staff and delicious, sophisticated food. We'll be back for sure.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • An East Village Secret
    Janeboy
    Dined on 5/22/2014
    We had a wonderful dinner here last week. We were also there early enough to enjoy the $35 early bird special - appetizer, selected main course and desert. The food was excellent with a bottle of wine from their extensive wine list. The dinner finished with a home made blueberry torte that was freshly made - as was everything, and served warm. We also enjoyed conversation after dinner without being rushed out of the restaurant. Eating at Lavagna feels like you've found and shared a wonderful secret!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Greater food than one might think
    BDandBBVIP
    Dined on 5/17/2014
    It's odd that more Italian restaurants can't manage to make food this interesting and this good, especially when that should be their expertise, but, well, Lavagna has the distinction of being a nice, neighborhood, independent place that holds its own with the celebrity "name" places. If only the the restaurant were more organized (they weren't ready for us even when we arrived even a wee bit late for their first reservation despite an abundance of staffing) and the people were more friendly (we were greeted with a stone-wall effect, service was flat, and the manager chastised one employee openly and loudly in our presence), Lavagna would be a class act.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Cozy, beautiful!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 5/16/2014
    One of my favorite spots for nice romantic dinners!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • What Took Me So Long
    Manoavino
    Dined on 5/13/2014
    I've known of Lavagna for years. Always wanted to go there for their fabulous wine list. Friends have been gone here often and confirmed that not only is the wine list great, the food is amazing as well. Great ambience and our dinner was amazing.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fun but noisy
    jefferino
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    Wonderful ambiance and decor, including exposed brick, candles, and a painted tin ceiling-- and some outdoor tables. Great food, lively atmosphere. Unfortunately, they had the music on way too loud, making it difficult to have a meaningful conversation. If they remedied that, it would be perfect.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Perfect Elopement Dinner
    brooklynpeach
    Dined on 5/7/2014
    My partner and I eloped to NYC from Toronto and my best friend and her husband came as well. After the ceremony we all had dinner at Lavagna and everything we ordered was perfect. We would especially recommend the spinach ravioli. Our server recommended a tremendous wine, and we finished the night with coffee and chocolate mousse cake. The entire evening was intimate and romantic, I would certainly recommend!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 58 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 5, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.4
    • Food4.5
    • Ambiance4.3
    • Service4.3
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 447 reviews are from the Lavagna reviews archive.
  • Go here on your next date.
    ittycity
    Dined on 5/2/2014
    If you want to impress someone on a first (or second) date or special occasion, this is the place to come. It's fancy but not intimidating or self-conscious. A casual vibe in a sweetly put together (fairly small) Italian restuarant. Big windows open onto the sidewalk when it's warm out. Wine is pricey but very good. Get the Primativo for $39 a bottle. Get a bottle. You'll save money. And you ARE gonna drink that much.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Meal
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011VIP
    Dined on 4/19/2014
    went to lavagna, service and food as always exceptional
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Place
    LouiseVIP
    Dined on 4/18/2014
    Thoroughly enjoyed our evening meal at this restaurant. We ordered the grilled fish for two and it was excellent. Appetizers were delicious as well. Wonderful ambiance, great service, will definitely return to this restaurant
    Special Features:
    Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A bit hard to get to but worth
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 4/12/2014
    A bit hard to get to but worth it. The food and wine were beyond excellent! We'll definitely be going back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent spot
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012VIP
    Dined on 4/10/2014
    Fantastic food- creative and delicious. Consistently good, and wonderful, accommodating servers.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, late-night find, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Little Italian in NYC
    Dazza
    Dined on 3/31/2014
    Had a lovely meal in this family run East Village restaurant. Food was tasty, wine list extensive and waiting staff were chatty and welcoming. Would recommend to anyone visiting NYC.
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    Romantic, Notable Wine List
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • always great
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 3/30/2014
    one of my favorites in nyc, the food is consistently very good to great, their wine list is deep and reasonably priced, and the service is attentive and unpretentious. their rigatoni dish may be my favorite pasta dish ever.
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  • Awesome food... on a budget?
    Chris
    Dined on 3/26/2014
    Food, wine, ambiance were all great. Interesting that they emphasized how everything was on the cheaper side, even when mentioning the specials (We look young? But they do have a solid prix fixe situation, so not sure). This definitely wasn't a bad thing, in fact, it was pretty amazing food and the right portion size for us for the price. Fits the reviews/suggestions online. Rabbit pappardelle was fantastic, and my companion loved her rigatoni.
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    Romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Favorite
    tednyc
    Dined on 3/12/2014
    We have been coming to Lavagna for many years and have gotten to know the owner and his staff. The food and service are excellent and consistent. His wine list is interesting and include outstanding mid prices Italian offering and a good selection from non-traditional regions. Yorgi knows how to treat all his patrons like guests in his home.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food was very, very average
    DeniseVIP
    Dined on 2/27/2014
    Food was very, very average and the staff was less than lovely.
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  • A Taste of Firenze
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 2/25/2014
    The food was fantastic - no run-of-the-mill Italian fare here! My wife and I went here for my birthday, and it was the perfect place for our romantic dinner. My only complaint was the seemingly unfriendly demeanor of the servers - not that they were mean or unattentive. It seemed that some of the staff were angry with each other, and the only person that smiled at us was the guy that checked on our water glasses from time to time! Otherwise, an awesome dining experience, and we will go again when we are back in the city next time.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Delicious!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 2/23/2014
    We were there late on a Sunday night and the food was excellent and the staff friendly and helpful. Loved it!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, late-night find, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Cozy italian in the East Village
    WillajaneVIP
    Dined on 2/23/2014
    Warm, inviting spot in a gritty neighborhood Competent cooking, nice wines and good music Make this a relaxing place to dine
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    good for groups, kid-friendly, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not an Italian restaurant
    FabioVIP
    Dined on 2/22/2014
    I am Italian and I know what Italian food tastes like. This place is run by non-Italians who have no clue about Italian food. There are so many good Italian restaurants in the city. Please avoid this one
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  • Amazing Italian Food
    Shelby
    Dined on 2/21/2014
    This place is always incredible. Wonderful wine suggestions, cozy atmosphere, delicious pastas and appetizers. Perfect place for a romantic NYC date.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, romantic, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, hot spot, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Always Delicious
    jwev
    Dined on 2/19/2014
    And I mean always. Ive been going here a several times a year for ten years and it's always a beautiful meal. Traditional yet ever changing details.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic