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Lavagna

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545 E 5th St, New York City, NY 10009 (Ave. B)
By Subway: F train to Second Ave stop 6 train to Astor Place
212-979-1005
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6:00 pm - 11:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun 12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Mon - Thu 6:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Fri 6:00 pm - 12:00 am
Sat 12:00 pm - 12:00 am
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Late Night, Reservations
Description: Lavagna opened its doors on February 1st 1999.The restaurant offers casual...
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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    Very good
  • 6
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Great Italian in East Village

This small restaurant has a great atmosphere with tables indoors and out. We ate fish dishes that were very fresh and well prepared. The rigatoni with sweet sausage and fennel was absolutely amazing. The small selection of Deserts were fresh and excellent.

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 16, 2015
jimbbq
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New York City, New York
Good for:
  • Romantic
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English first
NY
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154 reviews
90 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2015

I had dinner here with an old friend last night, and the waiter did not get at all annoyed that it took us about 45 minutes to order. When we did, I asked for something not on the menu (I wanted the pappardelle, but I don't eat rabbit, which is what it came with), and they made me a primavera... More 

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New York City, New York
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30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2015

This small restaurant has a great atmosphere with tables indoors and out. We ate fish dishes that were very fresh and well prepared. The rigatoni with sweet sausage and fennel was absolutely amazing. The small selection of Deserts were fresh and excellent.

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ny,ny
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38 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2015

If you're in the East Village, this is a must for dinner. They offer an extensive wine list. Gluten free spaghetti is available with any of their pasta dishes. Warm and comfortable inside. Beautiful bar along with table seating. Sit back and enjoy this dining experience.

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Ann Arbor, Michigan
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2015

Took our family and three friends there for dinner. We had a reservation but still had to wait quite a while to be seated. Service was very good, attentive. The wine list was excellent, but they didn't have my first two selections in stock. The menu has lots of interesting choices, including a rabbit pasta that you wont find many... More 

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Kittery, Maine
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3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2015

When I visit the city, I think it's irresponsible to go to the same places and eateries every time. One must extend their comfort zone and enjoy all that Manhattan has to offer. But, I've just discovered Lavagna. And now, Game Over! Lavagna is my new obsession and I'm already daydreaming about my next trip. Lavagna, with open french doors... More 

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Billericay, United Kingdom
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58 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2015

Was a little worried with the location when my husband booked this. Admittedly a longer walk from the subway than expected, as we walked the wrong way at first. But was worth the effort. Lovely to be away from all the tourist areas first of all and great to see locals eating there. The place is small and tables close... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2015 via mobile

Friendly and accommodating staff, excellent food, good and prompt service. It is only a small restaurant and is very popular as to be expected, therefore somewhat crowded. Food was provided quickly to all of our party (5) and the staff were attentive without being overbearing. Defiantly worth a visit if you are in the area.

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121 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 80 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2015

Dishonest about the PF menu. Food was good, however. Service was lacking. The 'bartender' was more interested in watching TV. Very disappointing.

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Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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72 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 30, 2015

My wife and I traveled to NYC for a long Broadway weekend, and also to connect with a niece who works in NYC and resides in Brooklyn. We told her we'd take her to dinner anywhere she wanted to go and she selectged "Lavagna" in the East Village of New York. Our main problem was staying in a Hampton Inn... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2015

We LOVED Lavagna's restaurant. We are used to great Italian food. Lavagna's fits the bill. I had the pappardelle with braised rabbit and chard; my husband had the fettuccini with wild boar ragu; and my sister had the mushroom and ramp/onion risotto. All were wonderful!!! The place itself is small and charming. The waitstaff are very friendly. We all highly... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 545 E 5th St, New York City, NY 10009
    (Ave. B)
  • Public Transportation: By Subway: F train to Second Ave stop 6 train to Astor Place
  • Location: United States  >  New York (NY)  >  New York City>  > East Village
  • Neighborhood: East Village
  • Phone Number: 212-979-1005

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 31 - 50
  • Cuisine: Italian, Pizza, Mediterranean

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Good for: Romantic

Description

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.
Open Hours
Sunday
12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Monday
6:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Tuesday
6:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Wednesday
6:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Thursday
6:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Friday
6:00 pm - 12:00 am
Saturday
12:00 pm - 12:00 am

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Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

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