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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: Lunch, Dinner, 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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    Excellent
  • 19
    Very good
  • 5
    Average
  • 4
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  • 0
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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
A gem

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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 25, 2015
footiemum90
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Billericay, United Kingdom
Good for:
  • Romantic
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Billericay, United Kingdom
Top Contributor
53 reviews 53 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2015 NEW

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 NEW 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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NY
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117 reviews 117 reviews
91 restaurant reviews
77 helpful votes 77 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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68 reviews 68 reviews
56 restaurant reviews
48 helpful votes 48 helpful votes
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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California
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15 reviews 15 reviews
110 helpful votes 110 helpful votes
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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Paris
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47 reviews 47 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2015

Nice place, well designed, very New York with the Red brick wall, quiet street, good food. Very tasty Amazing wine list Charming, romantic... I hardly recommend

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London, United Kingdom
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2015

We traipsed through the snow to get to Lavagna on 1 March and we were so pleased we did as we had a wonderful meal there. The restaurant is fairly small and has a lovely intimate feel to it. I had a small portion of pasta to start and my partner had a baked cheese special. We both thoroughly enjoyed... More 

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Greenwich, Connecticut
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39 reviews 39 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 8, 2015

From the moment you walk into this charming, well kept esthablisment you feel like you are in a cozy trattoria on a small street in Italy. The setting is quite romantic and perfect for an evening dinner after work. Traditional Carbonara, SUPERB Pizza. All of our food was sooo fresh and tasty. The wine list goes from all prices and... More 

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Great Falls, Virginia
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24 reviews 24 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2015

Was down in Chelsea to see a play on Sunday afternoon and after the play and a drink at a local pub, we were fortunate enough to find this great place. It is not a big place by any means which is one of the reasons that I really liked it. This place had an intimate feel about it and... More 

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Fort Lauderdale, Florida
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331 restaurant reviews
188 helpful votes 188 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2015

A few friends went here and thoroughly enjoyed the night. From the moment you walk in the door, you feel at home. We were promptly seated at the nice cozy table. The service was very good and the food outstanding. The Kale Ceasar was great as was the Rigatoni with sausage. Would definitely go back.

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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, Dessert

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

Questions & Answers

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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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East Village
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