Having been to Lavagna many times, I figured there were no surprises left. I was wrong. A snapper (for two) served with spinach, potatoes, and tomatoes was on special. As it is presented whole and flaming from the kitchen, the entire dining room stops to look. It is then taken back to the kitchen and de-boned. The taste was amazing. I had no doubt that that snapper was alive that morning. As always, the wine list is extensive and rivals any upscale steakhouse.
Delicious as always, thanks again.
Came to catch up with some friends. Even though we had the table at the front of the entrance it was actually just great. We were a little bit away from the rest of the diners which doesn’t mean much in this extremely intimate restaurant with tables packed right next to each other. It makes for a loud atmosphere.
We had pretty heavy meals all weekend and were opting for a lighter fair. Went with the salad and fresh pasta which was just perfect. But the thing of note was the apple tart with butterscotch and vanilla ice cream. A decadent twist to a traditional dessert which combined all my favorite comforts...this was my favorite.
Great old world dining...everything you need for a wonderful dinner experience
Went there on Saturday night. Thankfully we had a reservation but we still had to wait about 20 minutes. The place is small and very popular. The manager/owner? was wonderful as we discussed what chenin blanc to drink. We opted for an interesting italian wine rather than south african (given that we were in an Italian restaurant). The appetizers of scallops and octopus carpaccio were good. My husband loved his rigatoni with sausage and I enjoyed the rabbit paparadelle. The gelato, particularly the chocolate, was delicious. Great place in East Village.
My husband and I had dinner here last weekend and thoroughly enjoyed our meal. We started with the octopus carpaccio and the artichoke heart appetizers. Both were lovely. I am not generally a fan of octopus, but Lavagna made a convert out of me! Our mains were equally as good - we each had a pasta dish - the rabbit dish from the menu and a boar dish that was one of the specials. Again, the food was very tasty, and the portions reasonable. By the time we finished our meal we were both full, but had little remaining on our plates (a good thing when you are not in a position to take leftovers home!)
The service was as good as the food, and the space was very cozy and charming. We will definitely return on our next visit to NYC!
Always great food and wine. The best service in the city.
If you want to feel transported to a quaint yet funky (in the good sense of the word) place in Italy you should try this place. The chef does a special twist on ingredients and preparations that you might have to pay much more for in a different restaurant. The pork chop was the best I have ever eaten, ever. The codfish was overcooked and meh. the escarole salad was superb except for the raw basil leaves which I picked out. Raw basil is too bitter. The service is efficent, not warm or friendly.
Always a great choice and good food
Always love Lavagna. The Rigatoni is my go-to and it never disappoints.
I live in Brooklyn and eat a lot of Italian food. Go here. End of story. The food, the people, the wine, is special.
Cosy surroundings, great enthusiastic staff and lovely food. Ideal for a date night.
Lavagna knows a restaurant should be. The food is consistently excellent and the staff should give workshops on how to run a restaurant. The wine list rivals any upscale steakhouse. Selections from all over the world and a wide price range. Never disappoints. I'll be back!
Went on a Tuesday night. It was not crowded. I assume Friday's & Saturday's will be crowded. They have limited outdoor seating. My daughter & her boyfriend recommended this restaurant and we all will return!
The best, as always, second to none. Amazing atmosphere, amazing food and great people.
This place is a quaint and charming place. Food was great. We will be back.
Our waiter helped us to pick a wine and gave great and honest suggestions about the food. We had the special tuna appetizer, the scallops, and 2 types of pasta. Everything was delicious. The venue is small but has lots of energy and always packed. A wonderful neighborhood gem!
Unbelievable food! Staff was knowledgeable about food and wine pairings. Everyone was extremely friendly. A fantastic meal!
Always a great time at Lavagna. Although it gets crowded and a little tight, the servers are very welcoming and the food stellar. Can't wait to go back.
Our waiter was very accommodating and our food was delicious!
A very unlucky night for us and them... starting with a wrong wine going to a bad fish... from the presentation to the taste... I had the impression that was like when the chef is sick and you have to replace it last minute
Also... sorry but that is not an ITALIAN restaurant ... it could be at least a good Slovenian one.
The food was delicious. Everything we tried was wonderful. Wine selection was very good.
Octopus app was beautiful and yummy. We shared steak and pasta for our mains. Fought over the ravioli...next time we have to order 2! Steak was also excellent. Only we wished we lived in the neighborhood. Love love this place!!!
Lavagna is truly a hidden gem in one of the best neighborhoods in Manhattan. The daily specials are always amazing and highly recommended--you simply cannot go wrong. The ingredients are fresh and well selected and I suggest the nebbiolo wine to pair with just about anything on the menu. The entire staff is warm and friendly and happy to make recommendations. As a whole, they reflect the care and attention of the owner who is truly delightful and clearly passionate about food and guests. They will always remember you and be honored to host you -- no matter how long it's been. Summertime here is not to be missed. It can get crowded later in the week. Make it your spot with that special someone.
Good old school Italian
Lavange is the perfect place for any occasion - friends, family, first date, etc. All the dishes are reasonable and delicious. There is something for everyone and it is a great scene with always unexpected guests!
Great as always!
Lavagna is a consistent and reliable restaurant serving good and authentic Italian food. It is charming and cozy and easy to be in.
Amazing food and ambiance.
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.
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.
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.
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
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!
The restaurant had a wonderful atmosphere. The food and drink both excellent.
Every dish we had was incredible. Wine list is extensive and amazing. Wish we could eat here weekly!
Nice authentic Italian restaurant with friendly staffs.
Great wood roasted fish. Awesome salads. All great!!
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
The appetizers and food were great. Loved the atmosphere. Would definitely dine again.
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!