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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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Today
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: Reservations, Late Night
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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Good for:
Casual Elegant
Romance

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  • 29
    Excellent
  • 18
    Very good
  • 4
    Average
  • 4
    Poor
  • 0
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Most recent review
An East Side NYC hideaway

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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed February 8, 2015
Terryr623
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Greenwich, Connecticut
Good for:
  • Casual Elegant
  • Romance
  • Reservations
  • Late Night
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Greenwich, Connecticut
Senior Contributor
32 reviews 32 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 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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12 reviews 12 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 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
Top Contributor
434 reviews 434 reviews
283 restaurant reviews
152 helpful votes 152 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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Rome
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3 reviews 3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2015

Lavagna is by far my favorite restaurant in New York. Everything about it is amazing. My boyfriend and I have been going for a couple of years now and the staff know us and what we order every time. The rigatoni is seriously out of this world!!! I lived in Italy for half a year and was looking for some... More 

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New Jersey
Top Contributor
89 reviews 89 reviews
51 restaurant reviews
51 helpful votes 51 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2014

My wife and I ate here during the Christmas party season, so the small restaurant was packed and noisy. Good that we reserved early in the day. Despite the crowd, the service and the food was excellent. We had a tasty and unusual sliced octopus appetizer, the pappadelle with braised rabbit, cod, and a wonderful dessert of a tiny apple... More 

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Lyme, New Hampshire
Top Contributor
83 reviews 83 reviews
61 restaurant reviews
49 helpful votes 49 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 14, 2014 via mobile

We were a party of four with different experiences of This restaurant. All of us loved the atmosphere and could see why its Such a hot neighborhood spot. Two of us loves the food and want to go back back. Two of us thought the food mediocre and wouldn't go back. All agreed that spaghetti with spicy marinara sauce was... More 

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Wallingford, Connecticut, United States
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61 reviews 61 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 8, 2014

Recommended by a city friend, this cozy and atmospheric restaurant met our needs perfectly. On a cold windy evening we headed toward the twinkling fairy lights of East Village/Lower East Side Lavagna. Inside the warm and intimate setting, we were seated at a table accommodating our group of 5. The wine list was exceptional, as was the smallish northern Italian... More 

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Milton Keynes, United Kingdom
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 2014

Arrived late on a Thursday, was clearly busy but they accommodated us at the bar, tasty food, good service, friendly staff, all round good experience.

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Columbus, Ohio
Top Contributor
66 reviews 66 reviews
57 restaurant reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2014

I’m back again this time with a group of 7, all LOVED their meals. Lavagna is simply wonderful. Apps- the Margherita pizza and scallops always tasty….3 of us had the Rigatoni – there is NONE better. 2 had the duck pappardelle, and loved it. The Ravioli- so tender. For dessert the apples tarts ala mode- 3 for the table, you... More 

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Chicago, Illinois
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137 reviews 137 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
94 helpful votes 94 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2014

This East Village Alphabet City neighborhood Italian has excellent food and a nice ambience. Be sure to make reservations; it is definitely a popular place. I had the tagliatelle with rabbit which was excellent. All in the party enjoyed the food -- flavorful and well-prepared, not the usual red sauce Italian entrees.

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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: Dessert, Italian, Mediterranean, Pizza

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Good for: Romance

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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