Lavagna - NYC

4.8
1523 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.

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 1523 people are saying
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EmilyB
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food5service4ambience4

all the food is good; especially the rigatoni
had a great Negroni and liked my wine selection.

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Feedmedeep
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lavagna is our favorite restaurant in NY. We visit every time we return to the city.

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vipTess
New York Area
28 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Better every time! Sublime fish and pasta and friendly, competence at every turn.

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LauraP
1 review
Dined on November 27, 2021
Overall3food2service4ambience3

C at best, especially for the price. Really disappointed. Had the scallop appetizer, it was very good albeit small. Had the lamb which was really sinewy and not good. Lastly had the pollock , horribly overcooked and utterly flavorless. :(

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vipdawnB
New York Area
33 reviews
Dined on November 27, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Scallops were very good. Pork chop was moist and very tasty. My fiance had the rigatoni which was delicious. Unlike most restaurants lately, they had plenty of staff which was nice to see.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on November 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent vibe overall. Amazing food and service. Would go again in a heartbeat

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VictoriaE
London
1 review
Dined on November 18, 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience2

The good was ok but clumsy, with heavy use of cheese and not much subtlety.
The space was cramped and uncomfortable.
The maitre d / owner was brusque and unwelcoming.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
26 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

a gem in the east village
easy calm and cozy
great food as well

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viphappydiner
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This places never fails. Deliciously prepared fresh food, a great wine list, and great staff, make it an enjoyable experience every time.

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vipTess
New York Area
28 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The excellence of this place is relentless. Every ingredient sings-service, ambiance, and delectable food.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely love this place. The rabbit ragú is the best in New York - it’s my all time favourite comfort food!

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vipetoth
New York Area
77 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Enjoyable every time. Great food and service. Nice outdoor area. Good wine list.

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vipTess
New York Area
28 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Every visit to this place is a delight. The food, service and ambiance balance one other in excellence. I will be back soon!

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HarrietF
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Although I hesitate to share it with too many, this is a wonderful restaurant, it is relaxed, but attentive and the food is excellent. The pizza ia utterly extraordinarily wonderful.

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AlexaD
1 review
Dined on October 25, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience3

I usually do not write reviews... but I felt the need because the food was absolutely amazing. I ordered the Rigatoni pasta and finished the entire plate. Dinner was beyond my expectations. In addition, I highly recommend the Crostata Del Giorno and Gianduja Chocolate Mousse Cake. Do not skip out on the dessert!

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MonaC
Philadelphia
9 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Our dinner was delicious and the service was excellent. My only complaint is that the place could use a good cleaning. There was a lot of dust on the chains from the hanging lights, I don’t mean to sound petty but when I’m dining I want feel that the restaurant Is clean. As I said before the service and food were excellent but I was bothered by the very dirty lights

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vipCheeseWheelOfLove
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We loooooove it here!! The food is so amazing and we are obsessed with their pizzas! Thin crust, crispy and delicious! The staff is so welcoming and always make us feel at home. We usually order the specials as they are too good to pass up! Highly recommend!

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vipSteveP
New York Area
21 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food, excellent service. We ate outdoors on a very cool night but the heat lamp worked wonders.

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EricB
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I hadn't been to Lavagna in a number of years. I won't let it be so long next time. A lovely dinner at a very friendly and warm neighborhood restaurant. I'm so glad I went back.

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RacerEd
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Order the Focaccia. You won't be disappointed! Excellent food & service. Personal attention from the owner. We'll be back

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vipChristopherH
New York Area
37 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and atmosphere are what makes NYC special.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 15, 2021
Overall3food5service4ambience4

The owner was very rude but the waitress was very nice therefore 3/5 stars

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JimR
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 15, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Food and service always good and professional. Wine service very good and fairly priced for NYC. Not much has changed in 20 years and that can be a good thing. The kitchen does all their seafood very good.

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VincentD
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this place so much. The food is always amazing.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Raleigh
8 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely people, lovely food, lovely drinks. Can’t ask for more—will be back soon!

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vipbloodies
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Continues to be my fave nyc spot!

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vipTonyMoustache
New York Area
82 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent, as ALWAYS!

The food and service are outstanding and I say this having been to Lavagna many times. The wine list is incredibly extensive for a restaurant of this size. I suggest a reservation. This place is really good and the dining rooms fills up very quickly.

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Eater22
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent pasta with a friendly neighborhood vibe

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vipChristopherH
New York Area
38 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A special, charming neighborhood Italian restaurant.

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vipPecavo
New York Area
33 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2021
Overall2food2service4ambience2

Food was pretty terrible. Not sure how it has received the great reviews in the past, but we would never go back to this restaurant. The pizzas that we ordered were really not edible — reminded me of the pizza that used to be served on Fridays for lunch in my NYC public elementary school when I was a kid, which I loved as a kid and cost $1, but as an adult I am not about to eat again and pay full price for. My advice: avoid this restaurant.

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vipChristianTalbot
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We’ve been coming to Lavagna for 20 years and it is always the best dining we experience in NYC.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2021
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
8 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2021
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 on September 25, 2021
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
7 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2021
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
48 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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vipWillie
New York Area
19 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Had dinner there for my aunt’s birthday. Lavagna never disappoints.

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

Perfect restaurant. Superb service.

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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 1523 OpenTable diners.

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.