Lavagna - NYC

4.8
1501 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
  • Proof of vaccination required to dine indoors
What 1501 people are saying
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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall2food3service2ambience5

Half our party was early, the other half was due to arrive moments after our reservation time. At the moment the reservation was due to start, the staff was threatening to give the table away without any grace period. It was highly unwelcoming.

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PamplemousseVanderbilt
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lavagna never disappoints! The delicious pastas are made in-house and the fresh fish is always fantastic. Might I suggest you pair your rigatoni with a red wine from Etna?

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Newbie
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Super busy Saturday night…. A nice change from full-pandemic status! The food is soooooo gooood. Hands down, coulda ate our way through the entire menu. While service was probably a bit overwhelmed from how busy it was, they were cool and we had a great time. The food was well worth it.

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HarrietF
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lavagna is such a wonderful experience that I fear my wild appreciation in this review will make it harder to get a reservation. However, they inspire me to praise.

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vipmorels711
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Nothing to shout about probably wouldn’t return but like many places it’s highly touted

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vip4foodies
Fort Lauderdale
45 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Firstly, you must have a reservation and show your vaccine card. They are not a very big restaurant so this is understandable. We were seated at our time of reservation even though the restaurant was packed, indoors and outdoors.
Service was excellent and the specials were explained very well.
We were 3 in our party. Ordered the seared scallops as appetizer and they were delicious. For the mains we ordered the Rigatoni, the Pizzetta del Bosco and the Papperdelle. Everything was delicious. Ordered red wine. For dessert we ordered the chocolate mousse cake.
It was a wonderfully lively dining experience. Highly recommend.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding cozy room, food and people.

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OpenTable Diner
Sacramento
1 review
Dined on September 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect restaurant. Superb service.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on September 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love lavagna

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vipAndreaL
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on September 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a perfect meal at Lavagna! Great wine selection too.

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vipmmtt
New York Area
22 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding- excellent all around !!!

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GillesS
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

nice place with very good food, the owner is very sympathic. A good place to go

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vipChristopherH
New York Area
35 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Charming, East Village neighborhood Italian.

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KelliA
1 review
Dined on September 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the best Italian restaurants in NYC. Cozy and delicious.

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vipWiggylove
New York Area
61 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We live down the street from Lavagna and just love the place and the staff. The food is delicious and remarkably consistent. Never had a bad dish after literally dozens of visits. It's one of our NYC staples. Long live, Lavagna!

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vipfoodfan
New York Area
47 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding as always. Will be back sooner than later.

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vipTerry
Charleston
7 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always, a terrific meal at our favorite place in NYC. The pappardelle is a must!

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JenniferV
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food here was perfection! I’m so glad I found this place. Def my new go to, the sauce from the ravioli is so delicious!

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vipHusker
Omaha
5 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything wonderful as usual.

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vipTess
New York Area
23 reviews
Dined on August 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything sings at this long-loved neighborhood spot. The sublime pizza seems to keep getting better, which stuns us each time. Even the side dishes wow. We have now grown attached to the spinach and garlic side, an utter standout of salty and garlicky perfection. Gracious and warm service with familiar staff rounds out a truly excellent experience.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 14, 2021
Overall2food4service3ambience2

This is only a review for outdoor seating in the temporary structure. I typically love Lavagna. I’ve been coming here for years. Outdoor structure experience is not equal to indoor and the two lovely outdoor tables by the restaurant. I’m sure that the staff is stretched thin but if possible, it would be great to have the same ambiance- table clothes and candles- outdoors. The food is delicious as always. The staff is kind and working hard on a Saturday night. Thank you

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vipDrey
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

An amazing neighborhood gem! Great date night spot with incredible Italian food.

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vipJordanR
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always the best

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WeEatOutTooMuch
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 4, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Great local place for italian. Cozy and friendly.

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vipfoodiek
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on July 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always great food and great attentive staff. We always ask for our usual corner table and the owner always holds it for us if they're not fully booked. I love this hidden gem and grateful that they are still able to serve New Yorkers. Thank you for the best food and service as always. I highly recommend this place to any one new to the city.

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MaeF
1 review
Dined on July 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

always a perfect dinner spot! excellent service

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Jakob
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food was fantastic, service friendly, atmosphere good. I totally would return here. If anything, there could be a bit less aircon.

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DavidF
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Very reliable East Village spot. Appetizers very well made. Main courses were good but not up their usual standards.

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vipRobS
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always an amazing meal can't wait to go back. Thanks!

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on July 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful!

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vipTess
New York Area
24 reviews
Dined on July 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The pizza is the best outside of Italy, pasta is spectacular, and service is always superb. One of my all-time favorites, every time.

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HectorSauvage
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on July 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Never disappoints... was very happy to introduce a business associate to their sausage rigatoni.

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vipReginaH
New York Area
26 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is a neighborhood gem and I'm so happy it make it through the pandemic and didn't close. It's a cozy restaurant with superb food choices. I love whenever I come, they know to have my diet coke ready:)

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HarrietF
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lavagna is a treasure. It all works! The food is excellent. The Pizza i the best I ever had and I am quite old and have eaten many pizzas. The service is informal, friendly, and very attentive. It all comes together as a wonderful restaurant experience!

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vipTess
New York Area
24 reviews
Dined on July 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Another divine meal at this neighborhood treasure. Everything was delicious and gracious.

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vipMaxD
Nashville
1 review
Dined on July 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food, warm but unpretentious atmosphere

Great date spot

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
14 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience2

Food Pictures are better than the ones in person. Food quality is average. Nothing special. I think it is highly rated for their cuisine skills and quality of service. They also have a surprising bread charge, unexpected! the bread they bring you while you wait for the food has a cost too and it is hard to eat, first time in my life that I get charge for bread.

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lindeymike
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on July 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

An amazing place with the kindest wait staff and good vibe. Good for any occasion.

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vipSalV
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service. Everything we've tried has been delicious. Highly recommend.

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

Best place ever! Been here several times. Never disappoints.

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 1501 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.