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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.
New York, NY 10009
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
Between Avenue A and Avenue B
$31 to $50
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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.
F train to Second Ave stop
6 train to Astor Place
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
Bar Dining, Beer, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Outdoor Smoking Area, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Lavagna Ratings and Reviews
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.....
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.
Very overpriced for the food. Disappointed since it was recommended. The ambience was poor and the fixtures old and bathrooms decrepit. I was expecting a stellar meal and experience but felt pushed into getting side orders and desserts. The food was marginal at best.
Lavagna never disappoints. The menu is small, but the selection is varied and EVERYTHING is cooked to perfection; there is something for everyone on the menu. The specials are extremely creative and their pork chop is simply one of the best. The wine list will blow you away. I've been to upscale steakhouses that cannot compete with the wine list a Lavagna. Although their desserts look wonderful, I always get the cheese platter to help me finish the remainder of my lovely wine.
First and foremost, the food was prepared and presented to the highest standard (Monkfish, Spaghetti with Veal Meatballs, Pasta, octopus carpaccio and special beet salad). The ambiance was inviting, as the space was intimate and dimly lit with just enough room between tables but not an inch more to spare. It appeared to be well staffed with wait staff and other unidentifiable staff members ensuring everything was tended to at all tables.
That being said, we were seated 40 minutes later than our reservation time due to slow turnover of tables. The hostess was very apologetic and offered us a complimentary dessert for our patience. Once seated, the gentlemen's tone was very curt and rushed to take our orders. He was helpful with selecting a wine (we are more familiar with French and Australian varieties), and although good, it was nothing like we had described we were interested in drinking with our meal.
So, the experience was mixed, but delicious enough that I would return to give it another try.
Absolutely fabulous dinner! Great seating right outside, nice atmosphere, feels very local and authentic. Had the beets salad starter, shared a spectular pizza and then split the pasta with sausage. Finished itboff with a super rich chocolate cake. Truly an amazing meal. Worth the drive from midtown!!!
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