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.
Continued
Foodspotting photos
See all photos
Lavagna reviews from OpenTable diners
82 reviews since June 27, 2014
Overall Rating4.5
  • Food4.5
    Service4.4
  • Ambiance4.4
    Noise LevelModerate
100% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (66)fit for foodies (40)romantic (38)great for outdoor dining (33)notable wine list (28)special occasion (23)good for groups (16)late-night find (9)hot spot (7)scenic view (7)great for brunch (4)vibrant bar scene (4)kid-friendly (2)great for lunch (2)Show More
  • Great food and awesome service
    NYCfoodie
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    After passing Lavagna on the street a few months ago, finally had the chance to check it out. I had the rigatoni and my husband had the pork chop --- both were really delicious. Even though the restaurant really filled up while we were dining the waitstaff were really attentive. I'd definitely come back and would recommend this place to anyone looking for good Italian cooking.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food was outstanding
    Stella
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    Food was outstanding, and not expensive, considering the quality. The place is very small and tables are packed together. Our waiter was knowledgeable and made an excellent wine recommendation. Service was fast. As soon as we were finished with one course, our plates were whisked away and the next course appeared.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Impressive
    Farfalla1018VIP
    Dined on 10/16/2014
    I took a friend in from out of town and we were very impressed. The food was delicious and, frankly, I expected it to be. The surprise was the incredible service and spot on recommendations. From the wine to dessert, they nailed it every time. I will recommend and return.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always Delicious
    MarebareVIP
    Dined on 10/14/2014
    This was my second time dining at Lavagna. The wonderful food combinations are no secret though as customers with discerning palates pile in after 7:30 PM. We go on the early side to have the quiet. It is a beautiful room and just small enough to know they can manage the service well. The rack of lamb, fish (mahi-mahi), artichoke appetizer, bean puree, parsnip puree and proscuitto are terrific. A very seasonal menu that is precise and unique.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Our "go to" neighborhood place
    DevoteesVIP
    Dined on 10/13/2014
    Lavagna is so consistently good - almost like home yet festive enough to pick up your mood with a simple, delicious dinner out. The proprietor remembers regulars and extends extraordinary hospitality! We go at least twice a week.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Our "go to" restaurant
    Sarah
    Dined on 10/9/2014
    While there are many restaurants to choose from in our neighborhood, we often find ourselves at Lavagna. We have never been disappointed - the food is consistently excellent and the wine list extensive.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food and great price
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/8/2014
    Food us consistently great and price fix is excellent bec they do not scrimp on portions
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Friendly owner takes your order.
    Randy
    Dined on 10/5/2014
    Very accommodating and good drinks and food. The menu is a little sparse but I found things I liked. I am a little narrow but what I ordered was excellent. Sure could use a chicken parm.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • No better restaurant in New York
    BradVIP
    Dined on 9/24/2014
    Fresh, creatively and well-prepared food. Charming atmosphere. Hip, happening crowd. Fantastic and friendly staff. Give it a try -- you'll be wowed.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Pleasant Surprise
    SandmanVIP
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    Hidden neighborhood gem with somewhat limited but interesting choices such as ther braised rabbit pasta dish. Good wine list and staff does a nice job pairing them to meals if asked. Tables a little close but that adds to the ambience and charm.
    Special Features:
    late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Local Spot
    loves2eat
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    I have been to Lavagna several times. The food is dependably good and the atmosphere is charming. I highly recommend.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    Lavagna is a great find. The food is delicious especially the pasta. Great service and can eat outside too.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A taste of Italy
    momic
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    Good food with creative flavoring. Nice atmosphere, you almost orget you are in nyc. God poartions sizes as well.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Another fabulous meal
    livtoeatVIP
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    My husband and I just love ur here. The food is consistently awesome. Going back again this weekend
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Etiquette
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    This is one of my favorite restaurants in New York. A true gem with amazing Italian food and a wonderful staff.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great dinner
    yummyVIP
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    We love the monkfish and the rabbit braised pappardelle. The ambiance was great with the indoor/outdoor feel of the open windows to the street, great decorating/lighting and overall vibe. I would definitely go back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • 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.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Fabulous in Every way
    dmoz
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    My husband and I were in New York for five nights, dined out every night, including some real high end, super expensive restaurants. This is not in that category, but food, service, wine were all stellar.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • One of the Best
    BarryVIP
    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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 57 ratings-only reviews submitted since June 27, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.5
    • Food4.5
    • Ambiance4.4
    • Service4.4
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 463 reviews are from the Lavagna reviews archive.
  • 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
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • 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.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    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
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic