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Lavagna

4.7
933 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Italian
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  • Neighborhood Gem (32)
  • Good for a Date (29)
  • Authentic (25)
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 933 People Are Saying
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4.7  based on recent ratings
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4.6
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4.6
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4.5
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vipOpenTable Diner (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

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

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LKGNY (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on February 9, 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!

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vipOscarF (New York Area)
4.0  Dined on February 9, 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.

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KM26 (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on February 9, 2018

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

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BPLuv2dine (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on February 2, 2018

Our waiter was very accommodating and our food was delicious!

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vipnick (New York Area)
1.0  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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Jasey (New York Area)
5.0  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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OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
5.0  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.

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vipAarthi (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on January 19, 2018

Good old school Italian

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vipashleyz (New York Area)
5.0  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!

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vipOpenTable Diner (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on January 13, 2018

Great as always!

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vipBostonTravelLady (New England)
4.0  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.

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okgo23 (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on December 31, 2017

Amazing food and ambiance.

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vipOpenTable Diner (New Orleans)
5.0  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.

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rhanke (Denver)
5.0  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.

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Bevel (London)
3.0  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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vipJorgeN (Washington DC)
5.0  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

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OpenTable Diner (Miami)
3.0  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!

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Beck (London)
5.0  Dined on December 27, 2017

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

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OpenTable Diner (Atlanta)
5.0  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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