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Lavagna - NYC, New York, NY
Lavagna - NYC, New York, NY
Lavagna - NYC, New York, NY
Lavagna - NYC, New York, NY
Lavagna - NYC, New York, NY

Lavagna - NYC

4.9
4.9
1810 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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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 16 times today

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Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • Cuisines
    Italian
  • Hours of operation
    Brunch Sat, Sun 12:00 pm–3:30 pm Dinner Tue–Sat 5:00 pm–10:00 pm Sun 4:00 pm–9:00 pm
  • Phone number
    (212) 979-1005
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Diners Club, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress code
    Smart Casual
  • Executive chef
    Baldo Merlin
  • Private party facilities
    Lavagna restaurant offers several options for private dining. Our space is available daily for daytime private dining for 20 to 50 guests; Noon to 4pm. We also offer seating up to 24 guests Sunday through Thursday evenings in our dining room. Full room buyout options are also available any night.
  • Private party contact
    Jeff Tischler or Yorgos Hatziefthimiou: (212) 979-1005
  • Neighborhood
    East Village
  • Cross street
    Between Avenue A and Avenue B
  • Parking details
    The closest public lot is located at 167 Essex Street and the corner of Houston, near Katz's Deli. It is a five block walk to the restaurant and we recommend the lot for parking during the weekends as street parking can be scarce.
  • Public transit
    By Subway:<br />F train to Second Ave stop<br />6 train to Astor Place
  • Additional
    Beer, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Delivery, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 1,810 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.9
4.9 based on recent ratings
  • 4.9Food
  • 4.9Service
  • 4.8Ambience
  • 4.7Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Manhattan

    Italian

1,810 Reviews
  1. AbigailK21

    New York City

    18 reviews

    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Love this place. We frequented it years ago when it first opened, and I’m very happy to say it’s just as good as ever. The spinach and ricotta ravioli is sublime- I’ve been trying to match it for years but never could. As one of our guests said, “that is literally the greatest thing I have ever put into my mouth.” The menu is small but it doesn’t matter because the pastas are so good. And you can order half portions which is great.

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  2. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 18, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Perfection. Food, mood and service are perfect. Love this place.

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  3. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 17, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Amazing food! Felt like we were back in Tuscany! Highly recommend

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  4. melonbrain

    New York City

    61 reviews

    5.0

    61 reviews

    Dined on February 11, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    My wife and I were fortunate enough to have had dinner last night (after many other dinners in the past) when the restaurant was celebrating its 25th anniversary in business. The kitchen is outstanding and so is the staff. Go regularly and they will get to know you and anticipate what you enjoy eating. Highest rating.

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  5. RichardG

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 10, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    ruby is a wonderful server and great food and atmoshere -- casual but elegant

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  6. Mehmet

    New York City

    47 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    47 reviews

    Dined on February 4, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Always the Best!!! Amazing food, service that is why we keep going back. Neighborhood Gem, we love !!

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  7. Wiggylove

    New York City

    64 reviews

    5.0

    64 reviews

    Dined on February 1, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This is our go-to place. The food is always tasty, we live down the block and the people are wonderful characters, Yorgo, Roy, Kay and the newer folks. Love this place!!

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  8. LaurieC

    New York City

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 27, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent dinner and anniversary celebration!! Always delicious 💖

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  9. Brklynmind

    New York City

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 27, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Good food in a great location/space. Not a destination restaurant as there are many restaurants in NYC with similar or much better food, but still worth a visit if you are nearby or need a spot

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  10. RAHPT

    Washington DC

    22 reviews

    5.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on January 23, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Continues to be a favorite of mine in east village. Always good food, staff and atmosphere

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  11. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on January 21, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Everythjng works so well at Lavagne. A comfortable soft-lit atmosphere, delicious wholesome food, very fresh fish, and the waitress / servers / bartender are all wonderful and attentive.

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  12. CatS

    E. Tennessee

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 15, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food was incredible! Do not miss out on the rigatoni! Service was wonderful and made my birthday a great experience.

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  13. ErnieG

    New York City

    25 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    25 reviews

    Dined on January 12, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Overall, a wonderful experience. The server was great and the food was delicious. We especially enjoyed the appetizers. Our only comment for improvement would be it would have been nice if our four appetizers were spread out more. There was barely enough room on the table and we felt a bit rushed to finish each one, as the next was being served. That being said, we would highly recommend the restaurant to anyone that enjoys a creative, delicious meal in an intimate romantic setting.

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  14. ScottS

    New York City

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on January 6, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    My favorite restaurant for a wonderful meal with friends in a relaxed atmosphere. I've been going to Lavagna since it opened in 2001, and it has been consistently excellent this whole time. Great place, good and staff!

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  15. PatriciaV

    New York City

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on January 6, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Love this place. Consistent in every way. Food is terrific, as is the service. It can get a little noisy but since the tables are pretty small you can still carry on a conversation and be heard. One of my faves.

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  16. OpenTable Diner

    Greater Boston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 2, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Nothing more to say other than I truly enjoyed myself with my friends 

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  17. HowardM

    New York City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 31, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great NYE dinner and drinks ! Warm and cozy spot with service to match. Thanks !!

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  18. JohnE

    New York City

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 31, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    It's always a pleasure to dine at Lavagna, among our most favorite restaurants in all of NYC!

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  19. DKnyc

    New York City

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on December 29, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Cozy, warm atmosphere and comforting, delicious dishes with nice service. Great little neighborhood spot.

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  20. OpenTable Diner

    Tallahassee

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on December 29, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Always consistent Excellent service Great wine !

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  21. Amani

    New York City

    39 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    39 reviews

    Dined on December 27, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    My favorite place! New offerings mingle with excellent classics to create a powerful draw of a menu. Warm and well-informed staff bring a crisp understanding of wine and cuisine. The pretty, candlelit atmosphere tops off a fabulous experience.

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  22. Nandy

    New York City

    14 reviews

    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on December 25, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Every year Lavana welcomes us for Christmas Eve. Excellent cozy ambiance and pasta specials. Thank you! ☺️

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  23. OpenTable Diner

    San Antonio

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 25, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The fish for 2 was simply amazing. We had the prosciutto and seared scallops for an appetizer. Loved every bit of it

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  24. Marcv

    New York City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 25, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Très belle soirée le soir du réveillon de Noel. Les plats étaient très bons et suffisamment copieux. La serveuse d origine Québécoise très sympathique.

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  25. JonathanS

    New York City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 23, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Everything was great from the food to the service.

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  26. Brian

    San Francisco

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on December 23, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We all agree this was the best food and service we had while dining out in New York. The specials really were special - the servers were attentive and polite. Everyone of us loved the pasta. Pasta dishes had balanced flavors and savory aromas. Wine options were perfect pairings. Will love to come back again.

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  27. GraceG

    Jacksonville

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 22, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great time sitting at the bar

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  28. EastVillage

    New York City

    20 reviews

    5.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on December 21, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    One of my all time favorite restaurants! Great food and wine and warm, welcoming service ! The focaccia and all pastas are to die for! Extensive wine list . The Crostata is also so yummy!!! V cozy …

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  29. Christie

    Toronto

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on December 18, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food was incredible and the ambience was romantic. Our server was very sweet! Love the focaccia as well.

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  30. TobiasVoss

    New York City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 17, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    My favorite RESTAURANT in the City. Great food, great atmosphere. Love it.

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  31. Elizzy

    New York City

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 17, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Perfect every time. Such a cozy neighborhood Italian spot.

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  32. terrym

    New York City

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 14, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    one of the best "Finds" in NYC. Informal and friendly. Great food & service at fair prices...

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  33. OpenTable Diner

    Jacksonville

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 14, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Phenomenal service and was made to feel like family from the moment we walked in. Incredible food and staff. Cant wait to return.

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  34. ThomasG

    Atlanta Metro

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on December 13, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    What a great little hideaway in the East Village. Great little restaurant with a really cool vib and great food along with a killer wine list. I’ll be there on my next visit to Manhattan. My friend and I thank you and your staff for an awesome evening!

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  35. ScottL

    New York City

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 10, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Food was absolutely delicious and very reasonable prices. I am definitely going back

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  36. MariaS

    New York City

    25 reviews

    5.0

    25 reviews

    Dined on December 9, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Neighborhood gem. Service, ambiance, food, exceptional. I've always ordered their fish for 2 - consistently good.

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  37. JamesD

    St. Louis

    13 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on December 9, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    Nice little Italian restaurant located off the beaten track. Good food, good service and good value. Would definitely go back.

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  38. JoanM

    New York City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 8, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Our daughter recommended. We had a lovely dinner It was delicious. Steak cooked to perfection. Will come back again

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  39. JamesC

    Greater Boston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 7, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    good restaurant, huge wine list, usually some good specials

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  40. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 3, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This is my favorite restaurant in NYC. Staff is so professional and attentive. Food is always consistently amazing. And reasonably priced, especially for the value. I always bring friends and colleagues and everyone loves it.

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Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

FAQs

Lavagna - NYC offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (212) 979-1005.

Lavagna - NYC is rated 4.9 stars by 1810 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 16 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Google Map for Lavagna - NYC

545 E.5th St., New York, NY 10009

Additional information

  • Cross street
    Between Avenue A and Avenue B
  • Neighborhood
    East Village
  • Hours of operation
    Brunch Sat, Sun 12:00 pm–3:30 pm Dinner Tue–Sat 5:00 pm–10:00 pm Sun 4:00 pm–9:00 pm
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • Cuisines
    Italian
  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Dress code
    Smart Casual
  • Parking details
    The closest public lot is located at 167 Essex Street and the corner of Houston, near Katz's Deli. It is a five block walk to the restaurant and we recommend the lot for parking during the weekends as street parking can be scarce.
  • Public transit
    By Subway:F train to Second Ave stop6 train to Astor Place
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Diners Club, Mastercard, Visa
  • Executive chef
    Baldo Merlin
  • Additional
    Beer, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Delivery, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Phone number
    (212) 979-1005
  • Private party facilities
    Lavagna restaurant offers several options for private dining. Our space is available daily for daytime private dining for 20 to 50 guests; Noon to 4pm. We also offer seating up to 24 guests Sunday through Thursday evenings in our dining room. Full room buyout options are also available any night.
  • Private party contact
    Jeff Tischler or Yorgos Hatziefthimiou: (212) 979-1005
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