Lavagna - NYC

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1339 Reviews
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$31 to $50
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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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KG
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Excellent, excellent food. Great service. Wonderful trattoria atmosphere. Everyone in our party loved every dish.

TF
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This place is better every time-warm, delicious food and friendly service. A gem!

FH
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

The restaurant was a little busy, which made service a little chaotic, but it was never hard to get a new drink or a refill on bread. The food was awesome, like really good, better than expected and it really surprised me. The owner helped us pick some wine, and came by to chat a few times, which was nice and welcoming. All in all great spot that I hope to become a regular at.

OT
1 review
Dined on March 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious, incredible italian food.
Beautiful ambiance.
Friendly service.

JT
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on March 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My fave nyc restaurant - always and forever! Thank you for the delicious meal and impeccable service.

SN
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of our favorite places in the East Village. The food is always great good service nice vibe.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

The food was great but the wine selection didn’t have great affordable options. Great atmosphere!

a
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on February 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A great little restaurant with big heart and delicious food!

RS
1 review
Dined on February 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Have been going for years, our favorite local restaurant, never disappoints! First time we took our young teenagers, they loved it too.

B
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous food as always! A neighborhood gem. Tuscany in the East village.

JR
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was amazing and server was phenomenal. Order came in fast and excellent service.

c
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience3

We attended Valentine’s Day at Lavagna and were disappointed. The restaurant was so packed it was uncomfortable and it was a constant mill of people in and out. The hosts were borderline rude and seemed stressed at the number of guests. The sparkling wine left a bit to be desired and the food was mediocre. They were however very accommodating for a food allergy. Overall would not return.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love the ambiance, the friendly staff and the food! Consistently you can count on familiar faces serving up an excellent meal!

JM
New York Area
20 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, great ambiance, and exceptional service!!! Loved my experience!!

LP
New York Area
26 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great atmosphere, great food and friendly, attentive service. We're so glad we found this place and we'll definitely be back!

LN
New York Area
34 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

A long time favorite!! Food is great and love the feel of the place. Had to sit at bar which is fine except close to door which is chilly this time of year.

H
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

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C
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on February 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always enjoy the meal here. Great food and great service!

LD
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best Italian Restaurant in the East Village,
Maybe in all of NYC. Great ambiance
Amazingly friendly servers. Very at home feel
Love this spot!!

OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on January 28, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great place with great food and great service!

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

I’ve been going to Lavagna since it opened. The quality and value has always remained high.

CS
1 review
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Low key but high value. Perfect service with an unpretentious but refined vibe. New favorite place in NYC.

LS
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

excellent Italian food...outstanding! Will go back as soon as we can!

R
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on January 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What an adorable little gem!! The food was exquisite and our waitress was super helpful, without being overbearing.

I brought my parents here, who are difficult to please upper west siders, and all of our dishes were delicious!

Note: the scallop appetizer with puréed parsnip actually changed my life in the best way possible. :)

JV
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on January 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

always wonderful, 3rd time here and will continue . great everything!!

I
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Always a great experience. Warm, welcoming, fun and friendly. The food is delicious. It's a favorite.

TF
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Each time I go to Lavagna I am transported to softly-lit deliciousness. Great service, sublime menu and lovely overall experience!

e
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on January 16, 2020
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Loved everything about this place: the food, the service, and the vibe. Casual, cozy, and romantic. Def coming back.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We all had a delicious meal. Fantastic wine selection. All good.

PB
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Local gem great place love it

OT
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the best home feel Italian restaurants that I had ever been too. The foods, drinks was great! This was my first time here my friends took me for my bday celebration and I have a great time. Will definitely be back again 🥰

E
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We loved it! The food was amazing and the service too. We’ll be definitely going back!

OT
San Francisco
15 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall5food4service4ambience4

Well ..Lavagna is a neighborhood GEM. Not in a way that would put it on a Top 50 in America List or anything but in a way that matters more . The venue is small, quaint ,authentic, probably hasnt changed in 20 yrs. Perfect .They jam them in here and that adds to the atmosphere , energy so if your looking for quiet booth for 2 ....dont look here. The staff are efficient and down to business ...in short, pros. The Food , wonderful . My Pasta dish was to die for . Sooo good . All and all just an enjoyable evening. Well worth the price of admission . Bravo Lavagna

BC
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lavagna is a warm, cozy establishment with an attentive staff. The homemade pastas, especially
the rigatoni and the pappardelle with braised rabbit are excellent. There is a reason that this Italian trattoria has been around for twenty years.

OT
New England
1 review
Dined on December 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Cozy and delicious

OT
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Christmas Eve dinner. Seated immediately. Restaurant joyful. Service attentive. Martinis cold. Fish perfectly done. Owner welcoming and warm. Lovely.

B
New York Area
1 review