Lavagna - NYC

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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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NS
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

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 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

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!

b
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Great place. Great food, great wine list. Quite loud, though. Try to get the outdoor seating if this bothers you.

RS
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Last time at Lavagna was at least 12 years earlier....I told the manager/owner exactly what I had then and was looking forward to a same incredibly delicious meal. Took another couple who had never been there and we all left with gustatorial raves, appeased palates and a truly remarkable evening. Arrived at 7pm, left at 10:15pm; no rush by the staff to empty the table even though we arrived to a a nearly empty dining room it was to capacity by 8 and still humming when we left....on a rainy, Thursday night!! From appetizer to dessert all were excellent. The cost for 4 with appetizers, entrees, wine (bottle and glasses) and dessert was under $290 (tax and %20 tip came to $330). Not inexpensive but have paid as much for dinner equally disappointing as this was marvelous. The owner/manager needs one thing only....smile it won't hurt!

TF
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Warm, competent service, with sweet outside tables and excellent food. Lavagna hits every mark!

OT
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing pasta and great service!

UW
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This place always delivers in an elegant and consistent way. I think if you don't like this place you really don't know much about Italian food. It is also very, very reasonable. The wine list is very good as well.

OT
1 review
Dined on August 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing!!! Food never disappoints!

L
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is a true find! The fish dishes are superb, and very generous portions at that. The restaurant is attractive, not a run of the mill ordinary venue, and the staff are wonderful. You feel comfortable here. The restaurant is close to Avenue B, but the walk through the neighborhood is interesting. And besides, as far east as it is, this Lavagna is not as far east as the town of Lavagna in Liguria, Italy. Ha! Oh, and I almost forgot: the wines are absolutely delicious, and not the same old, same old you find everywhere in the city.

d
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As usual everything was perfect...... I wish I lived closer!

T
Charleston
6 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As usual, everything was fantastic

c
San Francisco
36 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

Went for brunch. Poor service (food took over an hour to come out despite only two people in the restaurant) and overpriced average food. Maybe dinner is better!

EJ
Edmonton
2 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always the best

OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely fantastic! The fish for two is fantastic!

d
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always love it here, and I’ll be there again on August 24th!

OT
London
5 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Enjoyed a dinner with friend! Really nice food and a great place.

TF
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

On of my favorite spots- beautiful and delicious! Lovely outdoor seating on a sweet East Village side street

RN
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

one of my favorite restaurants in NYC (or anywhere for that matter). Always welcoming, always great food. It's the most consistently excellent restaurant i know. And the one i take friends to when i need to make sure to impress.

PZ
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious food and great service. Just a wonderful experience!

KS
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always delicious! Reached out of my Rigatoni comfort zone and had a half portion of the day’s special pasta: bacon fat, pecorino. Perfect for summer lunch al fresco

KT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We loved the experience. From the cocktails and delicious bread, and savory olive oil to the cod and the rigatoni -- dinner was excellent.

JL
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was perfect. Small menu yet somehow full of great options including daily specials. Our waitress was great. We will definitely be back!

OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lavagna is always intimate and personal, like eating with lifelong friends - a familiar face in a sea of strangers.

l
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our favorite neighborhood spot. Food is seriously good, outstanding service, low-key yet romantic atmosphere.

AW
London
6 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always wonderful! We went to Lavagna many many times and the food is always of outstanding quality, the service and staff warm, helpful, more than excellent!
My favourite restaurant in New York!

E
1 review
Dined on July 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lavagna is the best restaurant in New York City. The menu is short yet there's something for everyone. The staff is the same every time - season pros. The ambiance is warm and unintimidating. The food...never disappoints.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always great service, consistent, great food. The monkfish is perfect.

TW
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We can't recommend this restaurant highly enough. The food is always amazing, the service is personal and makes you feel like a regular (I am becoming a regular!), the wine list is wonderful and their knowledge of the wine makes it easy to navigate. I am almost afraid to tell too many people about it, for fear it will become too popular! But they deserve any accolades they get...

OT
Kansas City
12 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is a great, local, family owned Italian restaurant in the city. Caprese salad, Sausage Rigatoni, and Kale Ceasar were outstanding.

C
1 review
Dined on July 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service was great, and the ravioli and cod dishes we had were truly delicious - simple, perfectly seasoned flavours. Lovely ambience inside. The patio fronts a quiet street and looked lovely also, but it was too hot to sit out there when we visited.

S
1 review
Dined on July 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Not our first trip to Lavagna. However it is our first stop whenever in NYC. Love the food, the ambiance, the service, and a very good wine list. We were first introduced to Lavagna by friends many years ago and has always been a staple of our NY trips.

S
New York Area
18 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food is ALWAYS great. Some specials and some favorites. Great little room. Familiar, intelligent, friendly owner & staff.

RS
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great neighborhood Italian with wood oven pizza and great apps (scallops), pasta (rabbit pappardelle) and steak etc. Substantial wine menu, full bar and knowledgeable, affable staff.

EB
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A real gem

VG
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 26, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Came here for dinner and we’re very pleased with the food and the service. The monkfish was cooked perfectly and was in a delicious sauce. The homemade pasta was really good it had a lot of flavor

LR
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

I’ve been coming here for years and this place never disappoints. The food, ambiance and service is always good and the specials are delicious.

VP
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great service and food all very tasty. A little pricey but not particularly for NYC.
Cheers!

BL
Houston
8 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and the best rigatoni. Service and ambiance are the best.

TN
New York Area
22 reviews
Dined on June 18, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Service seemed a bit gruff

KR
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on June 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Excellent, authentic and intelligently inventive Italian cuisine. Ambiance/atmosphere likewise authentic Manhattan from before the days of 'suburbanized urban' - Lavagna has deep roots in an historic neighborhood. Service very pleasant if variable in terms of attention. Tables close together which makes restaurant somewhat noisy when busy.

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