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Lavagna

4.8
967 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Italian
Top Tags:
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Good for a Date
  • Authentic
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

Specials

Mother's Day Menus & Specials

Please join us this year for Mother's Day. We will have our regular menus available for lunch and dinner. We hope your family will come and celebrate at Lavagna.

Sunday, May 13, 2018

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 967 People Are Saying
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4.6
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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 6, 2018

LAVANGA is a wonderful Italian Restaurant

We were impressed with the food and service as well as the Space which was homey and felt like a little bit of Tuscany.
We had a great Kale Caesar salad to start and Pan Seared Monkfish and A Fettuccini pasta special. The food was perfectly prepared and presentation was lovely.
The cocktails and wine was yummy.
Our server was attentive and helpful.
Highly recommend Lavagna.

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5.0Dined on April 5, 2018

Anniversary dinner. We have been going to Lavagna for 15+ years and it has remained consistently amazing.

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5.0Dined on April 4, 2018

Great food and service! We’ll be dining here again.

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5.0Dined on April 4, 2018

Food fantastic, staff very friendly and knowledgeable- wonderful gem of a restaurant. Hadn't been there in a while but waiter not only remembered me, he remembered what I like to eat!

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5.0Dined on April 2, 2018

Warm, welcoming, comfortable atmosphere. The personnel could not have been better. Loved our experience. The food was divine!
Left my credit card. I was contacted within minutes. They went the extra mile in every aspect.

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5.0Dined on March 25, 2018

Love this place. Food is spectacular.
Menu is seasonal and always changing. A little loud/crowded on weekend nights but who can blame people for wanting to squeeze in for some of the best dining in the city.

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5.0Dined on March 24, 2018

The scallops were good but the polenta that came with it was even better. The white pizza special was ok. The homemade pasta was phenomenal.

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5.0Dined on March 23, 2018

Delicious and wonderful !

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5.0Dined on March 20, 2018

Always great on all fronts at Lavagna

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5.0Dined on March 19, 2018

Incredible pasta and ambiance

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5.0Dined on March 18, 2018

Wonderful hospitality. Lovely room. Consistently amazing food.

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5.0Dined on March 17, 2018

Such a fun find in NYC. Great food and so accommodating. Love to come here when I visit NY.

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5.0Dined on March 14, 2018

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.

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5.0Dined on March 13, 2018

Delicious as always, thanks again.

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5.0Dined on March 11, 2018

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.

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5.0Dined on March 11, 2018

Really Loved this place

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5.0Dined on March 10, 2018

Great old world dining...everything you need for a wonderful dinner experience

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4.0Dined on March 4, 2018

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.

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5.0Dined on March 3, 2018

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!

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5.0Dined on February 28, 2018

Always great food and wine. The best service in the city.

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5.0Dined on February 28, 2018

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.

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4.0Dined on February 25, 2018

Always a great choice and good food

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5.0Dined on February 25, 2018

Always love Lavagna. The Rigatoni is my go-to and it never disappoints.

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5.0Dined on February 24, 2018

I live in Brooklyn and eat a lot of Italian food. Go here. End of story. The food, the people, the wine, is special.

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4.0Dined on February 24, 2018

Cosy surroundings, great enthusiastic staff and lovely food. Ideal for a date night.

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5.0Dined on February 21, 2018

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!

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5.0Dined on February 21, 2018

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!

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5.0Dined on February 18, 2018

The best, as always, second to none. Amazing atmosphere, amazing food and great people.

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5.0Dined on February 14, 2018

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

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5.0Dined 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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4.0Dined 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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5.0Dined 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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5.0Dined on February 2, 2018

Our waiter was very accommodating and our food was delicious!

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1.0Dined 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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5.0Dined 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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