Lavagna - NYC

4.8
1480 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 1480 people are saying
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98% of people would recommend it to a friend
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Jakob
New York Area
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
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
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
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
14 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful!

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vipTess
New York Area
23 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
1 review
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
3 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
23 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
12 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.

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Slogan
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on July 9, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Great place. Please don't come here and be loud, thank you.

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NealNYC
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on July 8, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

It was a thrill to be back at Lavagna, a favorite of hours and of the two friends who were with us. The food was superb as always. The service was excellent. The noise level was louder than in the past but that was probably due to a large party of boisterous friends next to us, going back again in a couple of weeks. A wonderful post-pandemic treat.

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vipBasiaZ
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on July 1, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

We had pizza and pasta all Nonna and salad and cocktails and wine. Service was excellent, this guy knows exactly what wine you will love.

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HarrietF
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on July 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lavagna is a wonderful restaurant in every way! It is warm. The service is friendly helpful and present as well as informal. The Pizza is the best in the city. I cannot praise it enough

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vipUWSGuy
New York Area
20 reviews
Dined on June 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

never disappoints always a joy to go and always on the short list

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vipgeekandglitter
New York Area
19 reviews
Dined on June 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I had the pasta with rabbit. It was delicious. My husband had the salmon, which was also delicious. He was also delighted to be able to order a Black Manhattan that he loved. This restaurant is small, cozy, and old-world with its tin ceilings, wide floor boards and actual physical menus. It was a great meal!

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vipngmuipai
New York Area
41 reviews
Dined on June 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Artichoke is a great app, and the whole roasted fish for two is perfect.

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vipJamesR
Mexico City
1 review
Dined on June 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food, excellent service and delicious wines.... one of the best restaurants in NYC

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lavagna NEVER disappoints. This is my 4th or 5th time dining in here.

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vipOmahaEater
New York Area
36 reviews
Dined on June 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best in town: food, people, atmosphere! Lavagna is where it's at: The best restaurant not only in the East Village - but also in all of New York. Great food? Check. Great people? Check. Great atmosphere? Check. I hesitate to write this to give away my secret, but ... it's the best and you should know that!

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vipVeronica
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on June 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

5th Wedding Anniversary- cane back to NYC to our favorite restaurant. It did not disappoint!

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vipBarry
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on June 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Better than ever, hidden gem, staff knows what it takes to be great and they know what it means to be consistently excellent year after year, Bravo to the owner!

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BarbaraR
1 review
Dined on June 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was delicious . We had Wood fired Whole fish , scallops, rigatoni. Service was great. Overall a really nice evening. We will be back.

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bayadere
1 review
Dined on June 17, 2021
Overall1food2service1ambience2

First waiter - simply rude and in one's face; given a different waitress by the owner, and she was nuts, with arms flailing all over the place as she spat off unsolicited banter. Who cares about food quality when all staff should be fired!

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CarolynA
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food. Get the fish flambe for 2 - it's dramatic and romantic.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on June 11, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Rigatoni is first rate. Must try.

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CacioePepe
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on June 10, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

The food at Lavagna is consistently good and the service is friendly. The rigatoni is an all-time favorite.

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fredk
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best eatery for blocks. Dint miss the artichoke appetizer

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on June 9, 2021
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
21 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
23 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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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
4 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 :)

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 1480 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.