Lavagna - NYC

4.8
1539 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 1539 people are saying
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vipmichaeld
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

great server.. great food.. as always
love this place!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 8, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Rob was a lovely host and the food was superb. Everything was cooked perfectly and La Vagna is a special treasure.

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viptrixie
Dallas
5 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

wonderful service from the entire staff and food was delicious!

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AlexW
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 2, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Neighborhood feel and delicious Tuscan Italian food. I am from Lynchburg VA and we researched lots of restaurants. This was one of our favorites. The wine list is extensive and staff able to guide us through it. Owner is on the floor, sitting with clients every now and then and check with everyone. Loved it.

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viphappydiner
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always, Lavagna never disappoints. The oven baked fish was incredible, and the service always friendly and warm.

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IreneM
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Great ambiance.

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vipkellyg
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is DELICIOUS! The restaurant is such a NYC treasury. The staff are welcoming and superb. I would highly recommend to anyone visiting New York.
The Rigatoni is a MUST!!

KJ
KensieJ
Nashville
1 review
Dined on December 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Just the best.

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OpenTable Diner
Charleston
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Christmas Eve

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely Xmas Eve dinner. Service was excellent, ambiance was romantic, food was delish! Drinks were amazing…the meatless rigatoni was to die for. Thank you for the lovely evening, Lavagna 🤍

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vipMatthewH
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on December 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely amazing restaurant

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Daniela
Toronto
1 review
Dined on December 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

An absolutely amazing experience! The staff is so welcoming and friendly. It was such a nice intimate dinner! 10/10 would recommend

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vipKaren525
London
6 reviews
Dined on December 17, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

A great evening with pasta, focaccia and drinks. The staff really hustles!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on December 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

delicious food

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vipginah
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on December 10, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

We sat outdoors it was lovely food very good! Wine excellent

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PaulD
Birmingham
3 reviews
Dined on December 9, 2021
Overall3food4service4ambience3

The place is small and when crowded (like it was on this particular night), it was a bit too chaotic for my taste. The staff was very nice and helpful and the food was very delicious. I haven't been in a while but I always remember liking the food very much. I hope my next visit will be on a quieter night.

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vipPHC58
New England
3 reviews
Dined on December 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful!! One of our favorite places!!

JC
vipJCFR
New York Area
27 reviews
Dined on December 5, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great place, unfortunately this time many dishes were not available and the service was not very good. New waiters, inexperienced and not very professional.

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vipFoodLover0808
Philadelphia
9 reviews
Dined on December 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We absolutely loved Lavagna. From the warm and welcoming staff, the excellent food and wine recommendations (which were delicious) and the cozy environment. Everything was fantastic. There are so many terrific places to eat in the area but we will definitely be back

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EmilyB
1 review
Dined on December 2, 2021
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 on December 1, 2021
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 on November 28, 2021
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
14 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
24 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
39 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and atmosphere are what makes NYC special.

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 1539 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.