Lavo - NYC
LAVO stands for yummy !Second time I visited LAVO. First time I can't recall much. Serious jetlag coming directly form Europe. Although...I remembered I liked the food.
Second time more awake. LAVO looks good. The crowd is diverse. A lot of flashy, young people, but also a part of the audience is more mature. Service is well organized. Our waitress was great, quick, to the point and everything went smoothly. The served food was outstanding. Nice, fresh salads. Good seasoned main dish (king prawns with linguini) and a well tasting desert (raspberry panna cotta). Good coffee, but you might expect that at an Italian oriented restaurant.
Everything was well portioned. Not cheap but also not 'over the top'.
In short, the 4 of us had a very pleasant evening at LAVO !5/13/2013 12:00:00 AMWay better than expectedAfter spending my birthday dinner a couple weeks ago at Bagatelle and being extremely disappointed, I kind of unfairly assumed a similar place like Lavo would be much more of the same. I couldn't have been more wrong.
The service, food, quality of menu, wine list, AND portion size were all excellent. Even my dad liked it and he hates trendy, expensive restaurants! The best part was, despite being a super classy place, the atmosphere was relaxed. At Bagatelle, we were told we had to leave in 2 hours (of course if you spend enough money, the manager will use his discretion to decide if you can stay longer). There was none of that and we were never made to feel unwelcomed.
5 stars. Definitely will go back. Worth every penny.5/12/2013 12:00:00 AMNo access to the ClubFood and service great. Very energetic music. However, do not expect to enter the Lavo Club from the restaurant.
That's what happened to me: had to leave the restaurant and get into the line to enter the club. But, as you NYC folks know, this is when things get complicated. The security guy (or the doorman, if you wish) wanted a US$100 bribe. I don't bribe. Ever.5/11/2013 12:00:00 AMBest customer service ever...Despite the 1.5 hour wait beyond our reservation & the mix of Euro-trash, BnT posers, hipsters & pseudo-professionals, Lavo was excellent. For the wait, we were offered complimentary drinks, appetizers & desserts. The staff , particularly our waiter Dan, couldn't have been more accommodating or professional. Dan was familiar with all of the dishes, delivered food himself and called us by name, as did the manager who made his way to us mid-meal to make sure we were satisfied. Aside from the fact that the customer service was beyond excellent, every dish we had was fantastic. And as far as the eclectic crowd, they are all part of what makes this place great. No pretension, no arrogance, no pompousness, just great food, a good vibe & a DJ.5/10/2013 12:00:00 AMNiceVery good food and service, bur t my reservation was for 9pm and I just got a tablearound 9:40pm.5/9/2013 12:00:00 AMDelic!Come before 1 to beat the crowd! Food was delicious, there were a lot of great options on the menu. I will definitely be returning to try for of the other menu options!5/5/2013 12:00:00 AMAmbience was excellent. FoodAmbience was excellent. Food was great and service top notch. will return again to eat and go to club next door.5/5/2013 12:00:00 AMGreat placeExcellent place food was amazing and drinks
Will be back and next time try lavo nightclub.5/4/2013 12:00:00 AMOutstanding Italian dishes.Outstanding Italian dishes. You have a young and sophisticated atmosphere with great club music playing through the speakers. Always a good spot.4/26/2013 12:00:00 AMMeatballs and Fried Oreos! Yum!Fantastic service, food and ambiance. The Meatballs are unbelievable as are all the pasta dishes. The fried oreos are a must have for dessert!4/26/2013 12:00:00 AMShowed up for a 12:00 AM reservatioShowed up for a 12:00 AM reservation and the place was packed ! We were dressed to the nines and so was everyone else. Place was hopping with activity and the food was excellent.4/14/2013 12:00:00 AMwaitress remembered me thewaitress remembered me the next day. She was great. Large portions. great food.4/13/2013 12:00:00 AMVery nice upbeat restaurantVery nice upbeat restaurant with great food and service. Our lunch was perfect!4/11/2013 12:00:00 AMExcellent night out!Very nice atmosphere. Excellent service and absolutely delicious food.4/6/2013 12:00:00 AMFantastic food & evn better serviceWe were there for my daughters 16th BDay and have to say the entire team at Lavo made it very special. They went above and beyond especially Daniel our server was fantastic, friendly and attentive.
We are surely to get back there soon for my wife's birthday.
Wishing the entire team well.
Dr. Singh4/5/2013 12:00:00 AMThe food was delicious andThe food was delicious and the vibe of the restaurant was very lively and fun. The only thing I didn't like was that there wasn't much space between my chair and the woman sitting behind me. Our chairs were back to back with each other and the servers weren't able to pass through. The people sitting next to me struggled to exit the restaurant and so did I.4/5/2013 12:00:00 AMGreat food and ambiance. ServiceGreat food and ambiance. Service was good but got our table only 1 hour after we arrived, and had a reservation.4/5/2013 12:00:00 AMLAVO - a must to eat atLAVO is a fun place with delicious food. The service was great - top notch and very attentive. A place to be seen or to look. Definitely a must when you are in the city.4/2/2013 12:00:00 AMGreat experience and the foodGreat experience and the food was fantastic! The service was superb and we were treated exceptionally well. It was my son's birthday, and I made a special note to have a candle on his dessert selection. They not only had a candle, they wrote happy birthday Justin on his plate. Truly special.3/31/2013 12:00:00 AMI've seen less that favorableI've seen less that favorable reviews on different web sites for Lavo, so I was cautiously optimistic about taking my partner here for our 7 year anniversary dinner. Honestly, based on our experience, those other reviews are dead wrong. Our meals were absolutely fantastic. The portions are very generous, and each course arrived quickly. Our server was really wonderful. She was friendly, warm, and very accommodating. All of the servers in our section seemed great. I observed them chatting with the customers and frequently sharing a laugh. I'm only mentioning this because we were concerned that this place would be loaded with major attitude (like any place in Meatpacking), but this was totally not the case. The staff at Lavo is awesome.3/30/2013 12:00:00 AMGreat experienceHad a fabulous time, food was amazing definitely try the meatball appetizer! And the wait staff were all very friendly & attentive.3/28/2013 12:00:00 AMA definate yes!!!My 15 yr old daughter and I had lunch and it was yummy. Recommended by a friend. Excellent service, big proportions, a must visit!3/28/2013 12:00:00 AMFun placeOverall we had a good experience. The service was excellent and the place a good ambiance.
We will definitely be back.3/28/2013 12:00:00 AMLAVO CONITNUES TO BE ONE OFLAVO CONITNUES TO BE ONE OF THE BEST DINING EXPERIEINCES IN THE CITY. THE BAR IS ALWAYS VERY ATTACTIVE. EVERYTIME I ENTERTAIN CLIENTS AT LAVO, THEY RAVE ABOUT THE FOOD, SERVICE AND EXPERIENCE. START WITH THE MEATBALL AND END WITH THE ZEPPOLE.. A GREAT SUNDAY BUNCH SPOT.3/14/2013 12:00:00 AMIt was our first visit toIt was our first visit to Lavo. We had the famous tasty meatballs ,pizza,and chicken pillard. It was a great experience. Can't wait to visit again!3/13/2013 12:00:00 AMwe went early before dinnerwe went early before dinner and even so, the noise level was terrible.
Everything else was great.3/13/2013 12:00:00 AMI had a nice time at Lavo.I had a nice time at Lavo. My waitress was very helpful and I received my order in a timely manner.3/2/2013 12:00:00 AMAlways a fabulous meal atAlways a fabulous meal at Lavo. Waitstaff always on their game. Can be quite noisy especially with the music playing and people taiking above the music. Great for catching up with friends. Great place and extremely lively.2/21/2013 12:00:00 AMI took two friends for restaurantI took two friends for restaurant week who had never dined at LAVO.....they were both very, very impressed with the food and especially the restaurant week menu. It was sensational. Will go back hopefully very soon.1/25/2013 12:00:00 AM