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545 E 5th St, New York City, NY 10009 (East Village)
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Ranked #1,014 of 11,664 Restaurants in New York City
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Price range: $31 - $50
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
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Good for: Romance
Dining options: Reservations, Late Night
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Neighborhood: East Village
Cross street: Ave. B
Transit: By Subway: F train to Second Ave stop 6 train to Astor Place
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.
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Lauderhill, Florida
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48 reviews 48 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014

Upon a recent visit to see our son in NYC, he recommended that we eat at Lavagna, which was literally downstairs from his apartment. I knew just from the authentic aroma wafting from the door that we were in for a memorable meal. Having eaten in Italy numerous times, our expectations were set very high. Let's just say the four... More

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Sandy Hook, Connecticut
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102 reviews 102 reviews
79 restaurant reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014 credit card Amex Card Member Review

Have eaten here twice, atmosphere, service and food are simply outstanding. They have great wines to pair with the food; the owners are friendly. Daily specials are always superb. if you are near Alphabet City you must try this place. it's smallish, so recommend a reservation. Top Notch!

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Hewlett, New York
12 reviews 12 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2014

I love the authenticity of this place. The food was awesome, the wine was a perfect match with a plentiful selection and the staff was pleasant. For appetizers we ordered the octopus, the artichokes and the white pizza with mushrooms and truffle oil. For dinner we had the monk fish as well as the rigatoni with sausage. This was by... More

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Kingston, Canada
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32 reviews 32 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
61 helpful votes 61 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2014

We sat outside on the patio, next to a trap door leading to the kitchen. That was my only complaint. The meal was outstanding. It was a beautiful warm evening and we were first to try some new items on the spring menu. Fresh pea ravioli was truly wonderful along with the salad. Others had whole grilled fish and assorted... More

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San Juan
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134 reviews 134 reviews
105 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2014

I went with my wife and grown up children (2) on Thursday before mother's day. The service was good and the food was pretty ok but not outstanding. Good to try if you are nearby but next time I will try one of the other plenty Italian restaurants in the city. Not to take anything from this one, though.

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New York City, New York
15 reviews 15 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2014

I had the opportunity to visit this humble establishment last evening. The atmosphere is warm and the staff was on it. I started with the Tuscan Kale salad and i liked that they served it shredded. It made it easier to eat and it was a good healthy plate. Then came the pan seared Monkfish with roasted portabellos, baby artichokes,... More

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nyc ny
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32 reviews 32 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2014

I have been going here for the past year about twice a month. The Service is great, The food stellar. Great wine selection. They have pasta dishes where you can order a half order. Food is cooked in a wood oven, Fish dishes to die for. And best of all reasonable prices for Manhattan.

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14 reviews 14 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2014

I can't believe this has such a low ranking! This was recommended to us by someone who has been to NY a lot, this was our first trip and I would absolutely return to this restaurant if I come back again. It's a little way out and the neighbourhood isn't the most salubrious but the journey is absolutely worth it.... More

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Sandy Hook, Connecticut
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102 reviews 102 reviews
79 restaurant reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2014

Great atmosphere, great food, great service, great wine, reasonable prices (especially for NYC) - what else can one ask for! the past dishes are fantastic; I had the ravioli this time and it was superb. Lots of Wine Spectator wines to choose from, they helped me pick a couple of great bottles of Italian red which I was not familiar... More

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389 reviews 389 reviews
274 restaurant reviews
142 helpful votes 142 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 29, 2014

We have never been to this part of Manhattan and were pleased to find an excellent Italian restaurant. We had a nice lunch on Saturday. I had a great Rigatoni with Sweet Fennel and Spicy Sausage, and my wife enjoyed her Carbonara. The pasta was cooked perfectly and the portion size was large: for only about $15 each. The bread... More

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