Lavagna - NYC

4.8
1453 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
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 1453 people are saying
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97% of people would recommend it to a friend
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fredk
New York Area
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best eatery for blocks. Dint miss the artichoke appetizer

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Another great experience at Lavagna!

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PBee
Chicago
1 review
Dined on June 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic, charming service. Delicious food and drink for a great price.

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vipmmtt
New York Area
20 reviews
Dined on June 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

outstanding !!! have the rigatoni & the wine selections are great

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on June 2, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

We love eating at Lavagna! Always delicious food, great service and staff we know by name!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Raleigh
8 reviews
Dined on May 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

always an incredible experience, thank you.

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vipTess
New York Area
19 reviews
Dined on May 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

So excellent! Mouthwatering pizza and pasta, sublime service and pretty setting. 10 of 10!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on May 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Date with my daughter. She starts summer school at NYU this Monday.

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KellyD
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

LOVE Lavagna, its my family's favorite spot. The best ravioli in NYC hands down!! 10/10 :)

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vipAnonymous
New York Area
43 reviews
Dined on May 15, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Consistently delicious with excellent service. Happy to see you’re still in business and I hope it continues

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KevinM
Grand Rapids
19 reviews
Dined on May 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent as always. Great food and service

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TiffeaniJ
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on May 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

All around exceptional experience each time I’ve dined here. The service is personal and incredible. The food always exceeds expectations. The ambiance is amazing AND they’re dog friendly (outside). Lavagna has become my favorite local EV restaurant.

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vipErica
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on May 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very authentic, always delicious and a great romantic ambiance.

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vipLeahK
Denver
3 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely delicious food and great service! I would highly recommend this place. Can’t wait to come back again!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Raleigh
8 reviews
Dined on April 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lavagna is always a perfect evening.

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vipTess
New York Area
20 reviews
Dined on April 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious, fresh and creative dish after dish. Warm and friendly service. Lovely outdoor setting with thoughtfully and safely spaced tables. There is every reason to love this place. An utter gem.

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vipAndreaL
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on April 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect pasta, entrees, pizza and salads and the desserts are divine. Great wine list too!

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Louise
New York Area
28 reviews
Dined on April 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely outdoor garden. Charming restaurant with good food and great service.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was excellent. Their fettuccine special was amazing. Good COVID practices and nice outdoor set up. Will definitely be back.

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ScottB
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on April 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent, well prepared food, and friendly service.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 7, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Great time, good service, great food

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vipMNM135
New York Area
44 reviews
Dined on April 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was perfect. One of the best restaurants in NYC.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

It was nice. Food portion could’ve been a little more

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vipBern
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

ALWAYS A FAVORITE. Owner is truly special and always a pleasure th be there...

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Shared a bottle of wine, pasta, and a main. Such nice ambiance and service. Best Italian in the east village.

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MaxiM
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

amazing Italian food! highly recommend. service, food, ambiance are all outstanding!

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TomD
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always an amazing meal at Lavagna!! Been going here for years and highly recommend it.
I've brought many friends here from uptown and BK and they've all loved it.

Tom
NYC

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 26, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience3

Reservation was made for 8:45. Did not get seated until 9:15. Portion small and very long wait. Pizza was poor and special was not very good. Bland taste and overpriced. Overall not a good experience.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on March 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

love Lavagna ... it had been awhile since our last visit but it never disappoints !!! even the table set and seating was wonderful !! felt quaint and safe ...

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vipChristopherH
New York Area
34 reviews
Dined on March 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Charming East Village spot w low key vibe. Neighborhood Italian at its best.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on March 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Peaceful Saturday brunch with great service and delicious food

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vipbenf
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding, as always. One of my favorite restaurants in NYC.

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DJP1
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 11, 2021
Overall2food3service3ambience2

Owner was unnecessarily rude, as someone else mentioned.

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CaTo
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on March 11, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

I love Lavagna. In 20+ years, the delicious food and homey atmosphere keep me coming back.

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vipMarco
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

15 stars -- from the food to the wine to the service to the atmosphere, Lavagna is an outstanding, reliable, and tasteful meal whether for a date night, celebration, or just catching up with friends and colleagues old and new.

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SarahE
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

After way too much eating at home during quarantine, having this delicious food again made me cry.

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vipDMac
Jackson Hole
24 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2021
Overall2food5service1ambience1

Owner was unnecessarily rude.

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Mollyb
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on February 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful experience and amazing food/drinks. Service was impeccable and staff were abiding to Covid guidelines making it a safe & enjoyable outting. Highly recommend heading here for a comfortable tasty dinner date ! Made us very happy and will certainly be back

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GrahamF
Salt Lake City
4 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great wines and THE BEST truffle pizza on the planet!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall3food4service2ambience1

Outdoor seating is not great. Hardly any heaters and tables aren’t “fully covered”. Outside seating area just felt grungy, unappealing, and cold.
Also had an issue with the restaurant not being cooperative and changing our dinner reservation time. We wanted to change our reservation to a later time after noticing several openings after our selected time. Due to putting a credit card down on Opentable we were unable to modify the reservation so we had to call. Restaurant was not helpful saying that they were booked and did not have any later openings, therefore would not modify our reservation. Upon arrival we noticed serval tables open in the Inside which we had asked over the phone but had been turned away saying we had made reservation for outside (only option/ covid). Knowing that there are restrictions with capacity, we did not question and followed the host/ potential owner outside to a table in the corner with a small overhead heater that was useless with only a plant box blocking the wind. Looking around I noticed not a single person was outside and immediately began to question the restaurants integrity with the “we are slammed with reservations” pitch they threw my way. I will be honest and say we had an early reservation and I kept this into consideration. Besides that, I noticed that only one other group sat down outside during our time here which left me thinking; I could’ve just walked in at the time I wanted to change my reservation to and would have been able to get a table. A little frustrating for sure to think I was ushered into my early reservation almost like a bait and reel.

On the other hand, I will say the food was really good. Drinks were nice as well. The food had me leaving content and not completely dissatisfied.

FAQs

Lavagna - NYC offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (212) 979-1005.

Lavagna - NYC is rated 4.8 stars by 1453 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.