Lavagna - NYC

4.8
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1277 Reviews
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$31 to $50
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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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KG
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I've lived in NYC for 10 years. This is one of the best restaurants I've ever been to.

JW
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience5

The rigatoni is some of the best pasta in the entire city. LOVED!

OT
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Incredible experience. New favorite place in NYC.

UW
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall2food2service4ambience4

Was my go-to place for a long time. Always recommended it. Friday night’s dinner was basically abysmal. Wish I could have my money back. I am not happy about writing this review but hopefully the owner will tighten things up. I am reluctant to return.

CP
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My favorite restaurant in NYC! We found this restaurant by accident. It's been in the east village for over 20 years. Once you dine there, you will know why!

m
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Such a cute place! The rigatoni was to die for. Also, they do half sizes of all pastas too - good for sharing!

LP
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the best meals I have had in a long time, delicious!

OT
Indiana
1 review
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My favorite East Village place!

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Have the rigatoni and the scallops!!!

OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing experience! My grandfather is a picky eater and they made the night by preparing him a simple off the menu dish. Also the best monkfish I’ve ever had. Food is incredibly fresh and the evening was very special. Will definitely go back! An east village must!

n
New York Area
19 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome ambiance, service and food

m
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Easily one of the best restaurants in NYC. The fact that it still thrives while the rest of the neighborhood has changed so radically is a huge testament to the quality of the food and the people running the show.

OT
Las Vegas
3 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely wonderful. Food was amazing and the service was top notch. Best service we had while in NY. Highly suggest for date night, special occasion, intimate family dinner.

OT
1 review
Dined on October 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding service and plates. A must visit.

RP
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience4

The beet salad with ricotta cheese was wonderful. The homemade pasta with meatballs was not
the pasta was overcooked and the veal meatballs lacked any appealing flavor .
Desserts were unimaginative And have remained unchanged on the menu for a very long time.
I noticed that the wonderful sweet pea homemade ravioli has been removed from the menu. Sorry to see that go.
It was a winner.

OT
Denver
1 review
Dined on October 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is the most charming, delish and warm place in the east village. Highly recommend.

OT
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely setting, excellent service and food.

NN
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Lavagna experience is always excellent: the menu, food, service, and ambience. I have never had such consistence in any other restaurant .

JK
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A little loud and hard to hear, but overall a great meal!

CL
Raleigh
4 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What delicious food, and such a special restaurant! It was one of my favorite meals while in NYC. A friend who lives in the city recommended it to us. It is a small restaurant, with a lovely, happy and lively atmosphere! Our waiter, George (?) was the BEST! He guided us in all of our food and wine choices, and everything was outstanding! Highly recommend, and plan to return on my next visit to NYC.

OT
New England
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My favorite restaurant in NYC

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always and amazing time and meal here

OT
Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food

TF
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Innovative, luscious food with sweet and friendly service. Classic East Village awesomeness tucked into a tree-lined side street. Loved it!

S
New York Area
30 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience3

Been to Lavagna several times and have always enjoyed it. This time we (4 people) were put in a tight corner where the foot traffic was so close that I got bumped several times despite pulling my chair in as close as comfortably possible. A minor inconvenience but it did detract a little from an otherwise enjoyable meal.

CC
Cleveland
5 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

We had 4 different dishes all were excellent! It’s noisy but a nice neighborhood atmosphere. We will definitely go back!

BB
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing place, great food and atmosphere.

OT
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The ravioli was amazing!

DR
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our go-to Italian restaurant! Consistently superb.

OT
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastico! Always is!

HD
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Consistent, solidly delicious food from lovely staff who know the menu very well. Food comes out quickly but we never feel rushed to leave. Excellent cocktails (full bar) and wine list. The rabbit pappardelle is the best.

JC
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We have been here four times and every time, it's a great experience. The food and the service are wonderful. In addition to a nice atmosphere.

OT
1 review
Dined on September 22, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Staff was friendly and the water glasses were always full. The food was flavorful and came out of the kitchen quickly. Another wonderful experience eating at Lavagna.

OT
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and great owner

OT
New York Area
32 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Charming East Village Italian restaurant. Low key and well-executed.

OT
New York Area
22 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Loved the place and the food- perfect for a an early friday dinner in a charming location. The pappardelle were perfect.

AC
Miami
58 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved our meal. From the salads to the pasta dishes and the wonderful pork chop. Everything was fabulous! Oh and the desserts too. Had a beautiful tart and a chocolate cake. Would totally recommend it to anyone.

j
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A great birthday meal. Great service, with attention to detail, in a homey environment.

NS
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience5

We've been here several times, it may be my husband's favorite restaurant in the whole city. The rigatoni with sausage is absolutely outstanding. The service this time was a little more scattered than usual though- it may have had to do with sitting outside. Would definitely still return.

M
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Delicious food and great vibe/ambiance. Very authentically Italian which was awesome. On the pricier side but would definitely recommend this place for a nice night out!