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About 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.

545 E.5th St.
New York, NY 10009
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Italian

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

Cross Street:
Between Avenue A and Avenue B

Dress Code:
Smart Casual

Price Range:
$31 to $50

Payment Options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(212) 979-1005

Website:
http://www.lavagnanyc.com/

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.

Public Transit:
By Subway:
F train to Second Ave stop
6 train to Astor Place

Executive Chef:
Enrique Romero

Private Party Facilities:
Lavagna restaurant offers several options for private dining. Our space is available daily for daytime private dining for 20 to 50 guests; Noon to 4pm. We also offer seating up to 24 guests Sunday through Thursday evenings in our dining room. Full room buyout options are also available any night.

Private Party Contact:
Jeff Tischler or Yorgos Hatziefthimiou: (855) 977-6271

Additional:
Bar Dining, Beer, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Outdoor Smoking Area, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Specials

Valentine's Day Special Menus & More

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Specials

Valentine's Day Special Menus & More

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Details

Please join us at Lavagna for your romantic Valentine's Day dinner. We're offering a 3-course menu, including a glass of sparkling wine, for $75 per person. We hope you can join us.

Lavagna Ratings and Reviews

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4.7

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.7

service

4.5

ambience

4.6

value

4.5

Noise

Moderate

94% would recommend it to a friend

Neighborhood Gem (37)
Good for a Date (31)
Authentic (26)
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Romantic (24)
Cozy (22)
Fit for Foodies (21)
Special Occasion (21)
Good for Anniversaries (18)
Notable Wine List (18)
Casual (17)
Good for Birthdays (14)
Comfort Food (10)
Creative Cuisine (10)
Fun (8)
Hot Spot (8)
Worth the Drive (8)
Good for Groups (7)
Business Meals (6)
Seasonal (6)
Sunday Lunch (5)
Bar Seating (4)
Local Ingredients (4)
Great for Outdoor Dining (4)
Quiet Conversation (4)
Good Vegetarian Options (4)
Great for Brunch (3)
Healthy (3)
Great for Lunch (2)
People Watching (2)
Pre/post Theatre (2)
Tasting Menu (2)
Vegan (2)
Kid-friendly (1)
Spicy (1)
Handcrafted Cocktails (1)
Happy Hour (1)
Late-night Find (1)
Organic (1)
Paleo Friendly (1)
Quick Bite (1)
Gluten Free Options (1)
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined 5 days ago

Great as always!

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vip
 (New England)·Dined on January 1, 2018

Lavagna is a consistent and reliable restaurant serving good and authentic Italian food. It is charming and cozy and easy to be in.

Tags: Casual, Cozy
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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 1, 2018

Amazing food and ambiance.

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vip
 (New Orleans)·Dined on December 31, 2017

The rigatoni is unbeatable and the service was incredible. We came in for a New Years Eve dinner and they were training someone new, but we wouldn't have even known had they not kindly let us know. All around great atmosphere, can't wait to come back.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Cozy, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries, Comfort Food, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (Denver)·Dined on December 31, 2017

My wife and I had a blast - the atmosphere was very good, the service and food was great. our server was as entertaining as the food was good.

Tags: Romantic, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Comfort Food, Authentic, Cozy
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 (London)·Dined on December 30, 2017

Over priced and over rated. Food was certainly tasty and the room is quaint and cosy. But the service is too too cool with too many staff hovering round the tables. The main gripe is the speed of service. To fast for comfort. A risotto starter appeared within minutes of ordering and mains delivered immediately our first plates cleared. Not a relaxing evening.

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 28, 2017

Enjoyed once more. Living abroad is nice to return to Lavagna every time I visit NYC. The food is great and people are very nice

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (Miami)·Dined on December 28, 2017

We took a friend’s recommendation for a intimate and great Italian dinner and we are glad we did. Our table was waiting for us, the atmosphere was cozy on a bitterly cold night and the service, just attentive enough. It was notable how many servers and chefs were working a restaurant with maybe 12 tables. Reasonable prices, great wine list and the pasta was superb!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Casual
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·Dined on December 28, 2017

The restaurant had a wonderful atmosphere. The food and drink both excellent.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Notable Wine List, Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies, Great for Lunch
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 (Atlanta)·Dined on December 27, 2017

Every dish we had was incredible. Wine list is extensive and amazing. Wish we could eat here weekly!

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·Dined on December 25, 2017

Nice authentic Italian restaurant with friendly staffs.

Tags: Good for Groups
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on December 23, 2017

Great wood roasted fish. Awesome salads. All great!!

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 (New England)·Dined on December 22, 2017

We have been going to NYC pre-Christmas for 20 years. Lavagna is one of the best restaurants - Italian or other cuisine - we've dined at. We will return!
The Zervas/Miles family

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Seasonal, Cozy, Notable Wine List, Special Occasion, Good for Groups, Authentic, Fun, Casual, Good for a Date
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·Dined on December 19, 2017

The appetizers and food were great. Loved the atmosphere. Would definitely dine again.

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·Dined on December 17, 2017

We are from out of town and found Lavagna on Trip Advisor. It was a late night dinner and the table was ready when we arrived. Server was very good and the owner helped us pick out wine. The Rigatoni was amazing, can't wait to have it again.

This is a place you need to try!

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Notable Wine List, Good for a Date, Casual, Fit for Foodies
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·Dined on December 17, 2017

My wife and I enjoyed our whole experience. Everyone was friendly from the time we walked in the door till we left. The food was divine and very reasonably priced.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Pre/post Theatre, Worth the Drive, Good for Birthdays, Tasting Menu, Fun, Romantic, Special Occasion, Cozy, Authentic, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries
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food5
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 14, 2017

Enjoyed a wonderful dinner with my wife. Affordable, delicious and helpful staff. Love this place and will be back next time in NYC.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Authentic
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 (Seattle)·Dined on December 12, 2017

The food and ambience were excellent. The pace was rushed, though. Our salad course arrived about one minute after the cocktail was served. The pasta and main courses, which we had expected to eat in sequence, arrived at the same time. Though we enjoyed every dish, we definitely felt rushed through the meal.

Tags: Romantic
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·Dined on December 11, 2017

Definitely worth going.

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·Dined on December 10, 2017

spectacular food and amazing wine list. can't wait to go back!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (New England)·Dined on December 9, 2017

Don't get me wrong, the food was good...but the portions were really small. Their wine list is admittedly extensive, but quite pricey (in our defense, we don't live in the city); there's a bottle for $1,000 which is maddening but not so much so the restaurant's fault as it is man's ever-astonishing ability to overprice the simplest of goods.
My fiancee and I ordered two pasta entrees, but upon receiving them realized they were far too small, and had to order a third pizza entree for us to split. Even after this meal with a bottle of red wine and bread, we found ourselves hungry. It was a nice, cozy restaurant, and I wouldn't not go again, but I'd look elsewhere for better Italian first. No offense.

Tags: Cozy, Late-night Find
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on December 9, 2017

Food was amazing! Shared dishes with friends and everything was exceptional!

Tags: Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem
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 (London)·Dined on December 8, 2017

Rich and flavourful Italian food in a cozy and warm setting.

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Cozy, Seasonal, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Romantic, Neighborhood Gem, Fun, Notable Wine List, Comfort Food, Gluten Free Options, Casual
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 (Denver)·Dined on December 5, 2017

Exceptionally personal. Food was too. Awesome way to experience NYC.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 3, 2017

Great meal. Delicious fresh pasta. Great ambiance & charming restaurant.

Tags: Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on December 3, 2017

One of the best in NYC, a Gem, from food to service to ambiance, a 10.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Quick Bite, Seasonal, Hot Spot, Worth the Drive, Good for a Date, Sunday Lunch, Romantic, Business Meals, Bar Seating, Good for Birthdays, Great for Brunch, Authentic, People Watching, Happy Hour, Fit for Foodies, Comfort Food, Casual, Neighborhood Gem
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 2, 2017

Food is delicious. Service needs to be slowed down. Food comes out quickly and you feel like there is no time to sit and enjoy the courses in order to turn over the table. You can have three courses and be out in an hour. That is not the way it should be at this price point.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Business Meals, Pre/post Theatre, Authentic, Neighborhood Gem
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 2, 2017

It is always a pleasure to go to Lavagna. The food is amazing (rigatoni pasta and appetizer mussels are incredible) and the staff is always so nice and accommodating. The restaurant is very cozy and eating there is always a wonderful experience. Also, reasonably priced.

Tags: Special Occasion
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 (Richmond)·Dined on November 25, 2017

Lavagna always delights and did so again on this trip.
Food was great and the staff is more than accomodating on allowing smaller portions so you get in all your favorites. Great assistance with an overwhelming wine listing. Their recommended bottle was an excellent choice.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Authentic, Cozy, Worth the Drive
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 24, 2017

It was good

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on November 13, 2017

Lavagna is by far my favorite restaurant in NYC. You can't go wrong with anything on the menu but the rigatoni is the best!!!

Tags: Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Authentic, Cozy, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion
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vip
 (Hawaii)·Dined on November 12, 2017

The food was incredible with amazing homemade pasta. The prices were reasonable especially for nyc. It was a little cramped and noisy but we enjoyed the energy and people watching.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 10, 2017

Deliciously authentic Italian gem in the East Village. So glad I brought my parents (who are from out of town) here. Attentive service, great food and wine recommendations, and great flavors.
Our waiter even noticed we were celebrating a birthday and put a candle on the dessert without us having to ask :) Such a pleasant meal. Be sure to make a reservation, they get busy!

Tags: Notable Wine List, Neighborhood Gem, Authentic
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 (New England)·Dined on November 9, 2017

Absolutely great neighborhood spot with amazing food. Our waiter was a “10”! Loved meeting Django the owners dog outside. Only complaint was the owner left us waiting 20 mins past our reservation time and was kind of rude about it. There were empty tables.....

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Creative Cuisine, Authentic
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·Dined on November 1, 2017

There is something very special about this place and I go out of my way to eat here every time I'm in the city.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Cozy, Romantic, Casual, Worth the Drive, Good for a Date
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on October 29, 2017

What a gem of a restaurant ... great food, impeccable service, warm setting.

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 (Hawaii)·Dined on October 29, 2017

Based on a friend’s recommendation we made the 25-minute trip from Times Square to Lavagna. Boy oh boy was it worth it! The food was fabulous! The steak in particular was great, but so was everything else we tried. The place is somewhat small and quaint. It’s a great atmosphere for visiting with friends. The owner was very attentive and made sure we had what we needed. We couldn’t have been happier and I would DEFINITELY go again. It’s a winner.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Authentic, Quiet Conversation
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on October 23, 2017

Best Italian that we've had in NYC. Great service from the staff.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (Orlando)·Dined on October 22, 2017

Awesome food and a great wine list. We each ordered a different pasta so we could taste them and we didn't know which one we liked best. The pork chop at the next table looked amazing too.

Tags: Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies
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 (Denver)·Dined on October 22, 2017

Food was delicious. We've lived in area for years now and this place doesn't disappoint

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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