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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

Lavagna Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.8

service

4.5

ambience

4.6

value

4.5

Noise

Moderate

95% would recommend it to a friend

Neighborhood Gem (33)
Good for a Date (28)
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Casual (15)
Good for Anniversaries (14)
Comfort Food (12)
Good for Birthdays (11)
Creative Cuisine (8)
Fun (7)
Good for Groups (7)
Worth the Drive (7)
Hot Spot (6)
Business Meals (5)
Sunday Lunch (5)
Bar Seating (4)
Local Ingredients (4)
Quiet Conversation (4)
Seasonal (4)
Good Vegetarian Options (4)
Great for Brunch (3)
Great for Outdoor Dining (3)
Healthy (3)
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Gluten Free Options (1)
Handcrafted Cocktails (1)
Vegan (1)
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined 4 days ago

This place is a quaint and charming place. Food was great. We will be back.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 10, 2018

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!

Tags: Notable Wine List, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries, Neighborhood Gem
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·Dined on February 10, 2018

Unbelievable food! Staff was knowledgeable about food and wine pairings. Everyone was extremely friendly. A fantastic meal!

Tags: Authentic
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on February 10, 2018

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.

Tags: Casual, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies
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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 2, 2018

Our waiter was very accommodating and our food was delicious!

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on January 23, 2018

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.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 23, 2018

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!!!

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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 22, 2018

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.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Authentic, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 19, 2018

Good old school Italian

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on January 19, 2018

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!

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Neighborhood Gem, Fun, Cozy, Comfort Food, Romantic, Good for a Date
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on January 13, 2018

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 December 31, 2017

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 30, 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 27, 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 27, 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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 (London)·Dined on December 27, 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 26, 2017

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

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 (東京)·Dined on December 24, 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 21, 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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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 18, 2017

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

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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 16, 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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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 16, 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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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 13, 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 11, 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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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 10, 2017

Definitely worth going.

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 (New Mexico)·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 8, 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 7, 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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vip
 (Denver)·Dined on December 4, 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 2, 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 1, 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 24, 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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