Lavagna - NYC

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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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JK
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A little loud and hard to hear, but overall a great meal!

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always and amazing time and meal here

OT
Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food

TF
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Innovative, luscious food with sweet and friendly service. Classic East Village awesomeness tucked into a tree-lined side street. Loved it!

S
New York Area
29 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

Been to Lavagna several times and have always enjoyed it. This time we (4 people) were put in a tight corner where the foot traffic was so close that I got bumped several times despite pulling my chair in as close as comfortably possible. A minor inconvenience but it did detract a little from an otherwise enjoyable meal.

CC
Cleveland
4 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

We had 4 different dishes all were excellent! It’s noisy but a nice neighborhood atmosphere. We will definitely go back!

BB
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing place, great food and atmosphere.

OT
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The ravioli was amazing!

DR
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our go-to Italian restaurant! Consistently superb.

OT
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastico! Always is!

HD
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Consistent, solidly delicious food from lovely staff who know the menu very well. Food comes out quickly but we never feel rushed to leave. Excellent cocktails (full bar) and wine list. The rabbit pappardelle is the best.

JC
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We have been here four times and every time, it's a great experience. The food and the service are wonderful. In addition to a nice atmosphere.

OT
1 review
Dined on September 22, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Staff was friendly and the water glasses were always full. The food was flavorful and came out of the kitchen quickly. Another wonderful experience eating at Lavagna.

OT
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and great owner

OT
New York Area
32 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Charming East Village Italian restaurant. Low key and well-executed.

OT
New York Area
21 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Loved the place and the food- perfect for a an early friday dinner in a charming location. The pappardelle were perfect.

AC
Miami
54 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved our meal. From the salads to the pasta dishes and the wonderful pork chop. Everything was fabulous! Oh and the desserts too. Had a beautiful tart and a chocolate cake. Would totally recommend it to anyone.

j
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A great birthday meal. Great service, with attention to detail, in a homey environment.

NS
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

We've been here several times, it may be my husband's favorite restaurant in the whole city. The rigatoni with sausage is absolutely outstanding. The service this time was a little more scattered than usual though- it may have had to do with sitting outside. Would definitely still return.

M
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Delicious food and great vibe/ambiance. Very authentically Italian which was awesome. On the pricier side but would definitely recommend this place for a nice night out!

b
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Great place. Great food, great wine list. Quite loud, though. Try to get the outdoor seating if this bothers you.

RS
1 review
Dined on September 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Last time at Lavagna was at least 12 years earlier....I told the manager/owner exactly what I had then and was looking forward to a same incredibly delicious meal. Took another couple who had never been there and we all left with gustatorial raves, appeased palates and a truly remarkable evening. Arrived at 7pm, left at 10:15pm; no rush by the staff to empty the table even though we arrived to a a nearly empty dining room it was to capacity by 8 and still humming when we left....on a rainy, Thursday night!! From appetizer to dessert all were excellent. The cost for 4 with appetizers, entrees, wine (bottle and glasses) and dessert was under $290 (tax and %20 tip came to $330). Not inexpensive but have paid as much for dinner equally disappointing as this was marvelous. The owner/manager needs one thing only....smile it won't hurt!

TF
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Warm, competent service, with sweet outside tables and excellent food. Lavagna hits every mark!

OT
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing pasta and great service!

UW
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This place always delivers in an elegant and consistent way. I think if you don't like this place you really don't know much about Italian food. It is also very, very reasonable. The wine list is very good as well.

OT
1 review
Dined on August 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing!!! Food never disappoints!

L
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is a true find! The fish dishes are superb, and very generous portions at that. The restaurant is attractive, not a run of the mill ordinary venue, and the staff are wonderful. You feel comfortable here. The restaurant is close to Avenue B, but the walk through the neighborhood is interesting. And besides, as far east as it is, this Lavagna is not as far east as the town of Lavagna in Liguria, Italy. Ha! Oh, and I almost forgot: the wines are absolutely delicious, and not the same old, same old you find everywhere in the city.

d
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As usual everything was perfect...... I wish I lived closer!

T
Charleston
6 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As usual, everything was fantastic

c
San Francisco
36 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

Went for brunch. Poor service (food took over an hour to come out despite only two people in the restaurant) and overpriced average food. Maybe dinner is better!

EJ
Edmonton
2 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always the best

OT
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely fantastic! The fish for two is fantastic!

C
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The service and food here is consistently perfect. This is our go to.

d
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always love it here, and I’ll be there again on August 24th!

OT
London
5 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Enjoyed a dinner with friend! Really nice food and a great place.

TF
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

On of my favorite spots- beautiful and delicious! Lovely outdoor seating on a sweet East Village side street

RN
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

one of my favorite restaurants in NYC (or anywhere for that matter). Always welcoming, always great food. It's the most consistently excellent restaurant i know. And the one i take friends to when i need to make sure to impress.

PZ
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious food and great service. Just a wonderful experience!

KS
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always delicious! Reached out of my Rigatoni comfort zone and had a half portion of the day’s special pasta: bacon fat, pecorino. Perfect for summer lunch al fresco

KT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We loved the experience. From the cocktails and delicious bread, and savory olive oil to the cod and the rigatoni -- dinner was excellent.

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