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Lavagna - NYC

4.8
1391 Reviews
$31 to $50
Italian
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.

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Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Social Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
Personal Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
What 1391 people are saying
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4.8based on recent ratings
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4.7
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4.7
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4.6
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98% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipEmily
New York Area
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall2food4service1ambience2

The food was great but service was poor and the food wasn't good enough to make up for the disrespectful and unattentive service.

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vipTFNY
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Such a classic, with seamless adaptation to our new Covid normal. Elegant settings, sublime food and service, and carefulness. Ten of ten.

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HectorSavage
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The consistency of this place over the years is a wonder. Always great service and wonderful food.

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AustinC
1 review
Dined on October 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the best spots in town, definitely a go to of ours. The spinach ravioli and the rigatoni are both so good it’s absurd.

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vipfoodfan
New York Area
44 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious as always

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vipReginaH
New York Area
25 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a wonderful gem of a restaurant. The main menu is full of delicious choices, but then you have the specials - it is so hard to choose. The staff is super friendly and attentive. Highly recommend Lavagna!

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vipMichaelF
New York Area
39 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome appetizers and entrees. Lovely attentive service. A very nice room. Good wines. Excellent all the way round.

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BridgetB
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

GREAT place to eat outside during COVID. They had 1 heat lamp and a cute ambiance ... unfortunately we got stuck at the one rogue table away from everything but it was very nice and great food!

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vipJeffreyC
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always, excellent food and service! We have been going to Lavagna for years. It never disappoints.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and food as always!

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vippapper
New York Area
35 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience2

Food was bland; ambiance was divey. Filthy bathroom.

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librarygirlnyc
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Consistently good for over twenty years! LOVE it and glad you are here!

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The service was excellent. Coils t have asked for more.

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vipSusanA
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious and delightful! Never fails to deliver excellent food and service!

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vipAnneD
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful service and food! Had the ravioli, steak and panna cotta. All incredible!

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YashasP
1 review
Dined on September 30, 2020
Overall2food4service2ambience2

While the food was good, we waited for about 30 minutes between each dish. It was ridiculous. On top of that, once we got our second pasta dish (about 45 minutes into the dinner at this point), they forgot another side dish I'd ordered and that kept us waiting another further 10 minutes. Unacceptable.

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vipJosephM
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We really enjoyed our Outdoor dining experience at Lavagna and were so very pleased to be dining again at what has been one of our favorite NYC restaurants over the years. We are very much looking forward to our next delicious meal there!

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WilliamC
1 review
Dined on September 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The pasta and pizza were both terrific and the wine suggested by the waiter could not have been better. Would recommend to anyone who wants top notch Italiani cuisine.

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vipElizabethM
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love this restaurant under normal times and it is just as lovely now

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LauraH
Dallas
1 review
Dined on September 22, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Excellent food and service. The beet salad and Caesar kale salad were very fresh with great flavor. The pasta with tomato cream sauce and sausage was delicious. The ravioli was prepared with a lighter, refreshing sauce that had great flavor. The pasta special, which was made with a creamy ricotta sauce, got rave reviews.

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vipLainey
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is our number 1 restaurant in Manhattan. We go regularly and have pretty much tried and tested everything on their menu.including their amazing wine list! You won’t be disappointed with any of it. A few personal faves are the Rabbit Parpadelle or the Rigatoni as their pasta dishes or their fish for 2 is always superb. We always get the scallops as our starter, because they are always so perfectly cooked and so full of flavor. We finish every meal there with their seasonal crostata, because I literally dream about it (that butterscotch sauce!!). Staff are friendly, knowledgable of food and wine and service is top notch. Can’t praise this neighbourhood gem enough

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vipReneeM
New York Area
33 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2020
Overall3food4service3ambience3

A table for two was proposed for three people, but then a table for 4 was suggested.
The table was wobbly and it took two tries to fix it.
Good food and decent service. I have been here before-- years ago, and it was good to see it still surviving during Covid.

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vipNydiner
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best rigatoni in the coty

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vipmelonbrain
New York Area
44 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Always outstanding. Attentive service and an exceptional kitchen. Try any of the great pastas. Save room for coffee and dessert.

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MichaelS
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Starting w/the PERFECT wine recommendation to the delicious prosciutto and fig app, followed by 2 1/2 orders of pasta to share, finished with the monkfish, this was one of the BEST outdoor dining experiences during this pandemic.

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vipVivi
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great dining experience. Food was as good as the reviews said they were. I expressed my preference in wine and Joel was able to recommend the perfect wine for my meal. Staff was incredibly kind, attentive, and thorough. Would come back.

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vipEastVillage
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of my all time favorite places!!!! Love food and staff!

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viphappydiner
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lavagna never fails to beat expectations

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Ash2ndAve
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always amazing. The orange wine selection was amazing, the food never disappoints, we always leave smiling and laughing with the owners and staff. I can't recommend this place enough.

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Sarah
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Been going here for 17 years. Best pork chips ever

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food is always stellar and the wait staff is always nice. Beautiful outdoor seating. Excellent wine list.

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CathyP
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this place. Everyone was extremely helpful and the dood is always fantastic! We sat outside and the planters between the tables provided the dining area with a great ambience while keeping everyone at a safe distance.

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Julie
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our food was delicious. The rigatoni is one of my favorite dishes in NYC. Service was fantastic as always.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I’ve been dining here since the day it opened 20 years ago. It has never disappointed. The food is consistently wonderful, the staff friendly and a great wine and cocktail list. If you haven’t been to Lavagna yet, shame on you.

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vipReginaH
New York Area
26 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best restaurant in all of NYC. The staff is incredibly attentive and the food is so delicious!

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vipKimberlyD
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, service and ambience--as always! So happy that Lavagna re-opened!!

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vipJonathanG
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great meal and experience as always!

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vipIreland
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Always an absolute pleasure. Fun, kind attentive staff That make us most welcome with really delicious food and drinks.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This place has been a constantly delicious option for many years!

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vipBern
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

ALWAYS SUCH A LOVELY EXPERIENCE. FOOD WAS GREAT AS EVER, AND SUCH A SPECIAL PLACE. WE'VE MISSED IT, AND WILL BE BACK AGAIN SOON.

FAQs

Lavagna - NYC does offer delivery in partnership with Caviar. Lavagna - NYC also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (212) 979-1005.

Lavagna - NYC is rated 4.8 stars by 1391 OpenTable diners.

Lavagna - NYC does offer gift cards which you can purchase here https://swipeit.com/product/2016/lavagna-trattoria-italiana.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.