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For 2
Date
Tue, 6/19
Time
8:30 PM
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Lavagna

4.8
1002 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Italian
Top Tags:
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Good for a Date
  • Cozy
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.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Italian
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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
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Phone number
(212) 979-1005
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Payment options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Executive chef
Enrique Romero
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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.
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Private party contact
Jeff Tischler or Yorgos Hatziefthimiou: (855) 977-6271
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Between Avenue A and Avenue B
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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.
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Public transit
By Subway:
F train to Second Ave stop
6 train to Astor Place
Additional
Bar Dining, Beer, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Outdoor Smoking Area, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What Insiders Are Saying

The Infatuation
7.9

Even though it might not be the coolest of the East Village Italian restaurants, Lavagna is right up there with the best.

Ratings 7.5-8.0:These are restaurants that are reliable, tasty, and particularly good for whatever we have deemed them “Perfect For.” Hit up a 7.7 for Date Night with confidence, as long as you don’t need the restaurant to be the most interesting thing that happens that night.
What 1002 People Are Saying
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4.8based on recent ratings
4.8
food
4.7
service
4.7
ambience
4.6
value
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98% of people would recommend it to a friend
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5.0Dined 5 days ago

It's a local favourite. Great every time and the staff are fabulous!

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5.0Dined on June 10, 2018

Best of NYC

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5.0Dined on June 9, 2018

Amazing service ; impeccable food and options

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4.0Dined on June 9, 2018

Good food, attentive service, cool spot. Nothing fancy but solid chow.

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4.0Dined on June 9, 2018

We love Lavagna and come here every time we come to New York. The service is pleasant and the food is always wonderful.

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5.0Dined on June 8, 2018

Food was amazing. -everything was fresh with great flavor. Enjoyed the special with homemade pasta. The scallop appetizer was delicious.

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5.0Dined on June 8, 2018

Both food and service were a 10. Pasta special was excellent. Whole snapper juicy and delicious.

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5.0Dined on June 7, 2018

Last minute booking - accommodated us with a great table - fabulous service - delicious food - favourites like spicy sausafe rigatoni and lamb chops - YUM!

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5.0Dined on June 6, 2018

A neighborhood favorite.

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5.0Dined on June 5, 2018

Lavagna is by far my favorite restaurant. I always take my friends and family when they are visiting. The entire menu is delicious but anyone who is going for the first time should absolutely have the rigatoni. There is nothing like it. Other favorites are the scallops, mussels, fish dishes, and steak.

I think the staff can sometimes come off as brash or not as friendly but other than that, this place is a gem hidden in EV.

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5.0Dined on May 31, 2018

This place is great. Homemade pasta staff knows everything about all the entrées services great. Feels like you were in a more cultured New York

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5.0Dined on May 29, 2018

LAVAGNA was OVER-THE-TOP...FANTASTIC !!! Kicking myself for taking so long to get here! A truly relaxed, yet upscale/lovely experience. Host/owner Yorgo was fun/funny/attentive and charming! Cannot wait to return! I will be a REGULAR for sure!!!

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5.0Dined on May 26, 2018

LaVagna always charms. The food is outstanding, including the rotating specials, and its quality is matched by the warm, thoughtful service from the wonderful team that runs the restaurant. I hope to come back for many years to come.

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5.0Dined on May 20, 2018

The food was absolutely delicious!!! From the mussels to the entrees to the dessert. Everything was awesome!

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5.0Dined on May 19, 2018

Dinner was great per usual! Ravioli is delicious. Will be back. Thumbs up!

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4.0Dined on May 18, 2018

Great neighborhood restaurant. The food was delicious; the service was a bit chaotic but always friendly!
Strongly recommend

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5.0Dined on May 18, 2018

Outstanding! Always a great place for celebrations, dates, or just an excellent, intimate dinner.

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5.0Dined on May 13, 2018

We thoroughly enjoyed Lavagna. This was our second visit. Our entrees were
delicious. My husband loved the branzino. We will return again. Cozy atmosphere,
good wine list, and very relaxing.

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5.0Dined on May 13, 2018

I've known this restaurant's existence for long, but this was my first visit there. Wow! I should've tried earlier. Great food and wine. Rather tiny space but you don't feel you're being crammed. Great place for any occasion.

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1.0Dined on May 12, 2018

The owner was very inconvenient saying to us that our table that was scheduled for 6 and some people were late, was booked again at 7:45 because rents are high. No problem having 1:45 to have the dinner but the way he spoke was nasty.

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5.0Dined on May 6, 2018

Dinner here on Sunday, May 6. Seated promptly. Service was pleasant, and friendly. Food was terrific. Atmosphere really nice and fun. Tables are very close together but we never felt it was intrusive. Obviously, we could hear others’ conversations but no one was loud and never felt anyone trying to listen in. So, it’s a busy and lively place but everyone enjoying their own terrific meals and company.

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5.0Dined on May 5, 2018

Always an amazing meal. Everything on the menu is great!

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5.0Dined on May 5, 2018

Lavagna has it all - great food, attentive service, and very nice decor. Creative menu, with the parpadelle with rabbit one of my all time favorites. Something I never thought I would eat, but can’t wait to go back to have it again! Nice wine selection and a very friendly and knowledgeable staff.

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5.0Dined on May 5, 2018

Great meal, loved everything about Lavgana. Waitstaff and food were excellent.

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5.0Dined on May 1, 2018

Excellent ambiance, delicious food, and wonderful service, thanks for asking.

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5.0Dined on April 29, 2018

Fast service great tasting food

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4.0Dined on April 28, 2018

Good for small group up to 4, food is quite delicious!
Expect to wait for your table if you've reservation up to 30 minutes.

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3.0Dined on April 27, 2018

Food was very good and overall an enjoyable evening. More to do with the company than the attitude of the staff, in particular the gentleman who appears to manage the restaurant and the woman tending bar. Both rather rude and not welcoming.

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5.0Dined on April 25, 2018

Such a fabulous neighborhood spot. Delicious food, extensive wine list. A real gem!

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5.0Dined on April 22, 2018

Great food

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5.0Dined on April 21, 2018

Great night!

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5.0Dined on April 19, 2018

A neighborhood favorite!

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4.0Dined on April 19, 2018

Been going here since the place opened 19 + years ago. The restaurant is still going strong even after all these years. All dishes our wonderful including the pastas, ravioli and all fish on the menu. Save room for dessert.

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5.0Dined on April 15, 2018

Loved everything! Great pasta and great service. Will return.

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5.0Dined on April 14, 2018

Hidden in the East Village, Lavagna is an excellent choice for authentic Italian food in a cozy, rustic setting.

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5.0Dined on April 14, 2018

Always a great place to go. Friendly service and lively, cozy atmosphere. Nice outdoor feel with windows open when the weather gets nicer.

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5.0Dined on April 14, 2018

First off, hat tip to our waiter Roy. Very knowledgeable waiter who knew everything about everything I asked and responded intelligently and with much respect.

I had reservation for two with my date, but waited a couple minutes. No big deal because its a beautiful night and the place was packed! Still looked really sexy and romantic with the dim lighting.

It was beautiful out this past weekend, and Friday was a nice night so we decided to sit outside which was the best idea.

Ordered cocktails and our meals.

Octopus carpaccio - top notch.
Fig cheese something - great appetizer
Kale caesar salad - nothing crazy honestly.

Ramp risotto Special Entrée - If i could lick the plate I would have. Great dish. Its a seasonal dish, and they change that special so if you have the chance to go there, get it.

Ravioli Entrée - Great dish. The sauce and ingredients you can taste everything in it.

Dessert Pana Cotta - Really good.

Being in the hospitality/restaurant industry myself, I can appreciate a great dining experience. Thanks for everything and we will be back. Cheers. 👍🏻
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5.0Dined on April 14, 2018

Great find.

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5.0Dined on April 8, 2018

Simply Fabulous

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5.0Dined on April 7, 2018

This has been our go to spot for years when we have friends and family visiting in NYC. While we live in Midtown West and have hotels there we have our guests at we take the groups down to Lavagna as we know the service, quality and atmosphere will always be top notch and second to none.

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