Lavagna - NYC

4.8
1419 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 1419 people are saying
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vipMarco
New York Area
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
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
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
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
23 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
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
2 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.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service, food tasted delicious, very nice place to bring your date. I really liked the steak dish and spinach ravioli and let’s not forget the bread 👌🏼 will return!

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WillZ
1 review
Dined on January 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Will definitely try to be back once things are back to normal. Very cold that night, but that was out of everyone's control. The food is very delicious.

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vipbeth
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Considering the outside dining, Yorgos aims to please all customers!

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vipLynne
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We have been very strict during this pandemic about only eating out occasionally and only eating outdoors. Therefore even though it was below 40 we were outdoors when we ate at Lavagna and it was still very enjoyable! It being that cold should tell you how warm and satisfying the experience and food were. We will definitely be going back when we can - and when it is warmer. We are already looking forward to it.

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OpenTable Diner
Raleigh
3 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love everything about Lavagna—best Italian in the city and the owners and staff are incredible.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Miami
3 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing authentic food

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vipSusanA
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on December 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always fantastic! The food is delicious and the staff wonderful!! They do takeout and delivery!!

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vipIreland
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on December 13, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Really great restaurant with the best food, service and staff. A pleasure always.

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vipetoth
New York Area
67 reviews
Dined on December 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

They have set up a nice outdoor dining area. Very comfortable, attractive and safely arranged. Great food and wine as usual.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was amazing as always. I've been going for almost 20 years and they are consistently great. Wonderful place, food and service

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AnnF
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on December 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food, friendly owner and great ambiance. Highly recommend this restaurant.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a welcoming and amazing experience. Fresh pasta made to perfection paired with the perfect SanGiovese and a great enclosed outdoor setup to accommodate all. Lavagna will always to my list of favorite as it has done for years! Don't think twice about it, just go.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing always !!

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ThomasC
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 22, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Very good food..fair prices..good solid service..ate inside..plenty of room..we have been here 5 times..

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Jonathan
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the best, and most underrated restaurants in NYC.

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viptednyc
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lavagna is a gem. Yorgos and the team are great and amazingly have been able to keep going with outstanding food, wine and above all - service through these tough times

Thanks to all the staff !!!

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adamk
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Dinner was great. Every dish we had was fantastic. Our cocktails (Negronis) were excellent and the wine was perfect too. All so good.

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vipIreland
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

A favorite for many years. It never let's us down. Highly recommended.

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RachelS
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was delicious with very attentive servers. We enjoyed every dish we ordered, but especially the focaccia, spinach ravioli, and chocolate mousse dessert. They have outdoor dining on a relatively quiet street which was nice.

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vipTess
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was typically excellent-food, service, atmosphere. This place is a gem!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very to just sit and have good time with my partner. Loved it.

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vipEmily
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 24, 2020
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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vipTess
New York Area
18 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2020
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 on October 23, 2020
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
41 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
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Food was very good however one of the waiters, seemed to be the manager, wasn’t having a good night, to put it lightly.

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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
37 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!

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 1419 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.