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545 E 5th St, New York City, NY 10009 (East Village)
212-979-1005
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Ranked #1,181 of 11,771 Restaurants in New York City
Price range: $31 - $50
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
Neighborhood:
East Village
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Good for: Romance
Dining options: Reservations, Late Night
Dining style: Casual Elegant
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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New Jersey
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90 reviews 90 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
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82 reviews 82 reviews
60 restaurant reviews
48 helpful votes 48 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 14, 2014

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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59 reviews 59 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
24 helpful votes 24 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
2 helpful votes 2 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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Top Contributor
64 reviews 64 reviews
55 restaurant reviews
20 helpful votes 20 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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127 reviews 127 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
85 helpful votes 85 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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Long Beach, California
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30 reviews 30 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 4, 2014

DELICIOUS! Came on a Saturday night during Labor Day weekend, so we lucked out and were able to snag a table without reservations. The menu is simple, but most of items look good. I ordered the rigatoni and it was delicious! Creamy and really flavorful. My friend ordered the parpadelle, which was also good, but I preferred the rigatoni. The... More 

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Lauderhill, Florida
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49 reviews 49 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
28 helpful votes 28 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
32 helpful votes 32 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
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15 reviews 15 reviews
9 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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Additional Information about Lavagna

Address: 545 E 5th St, New York City, NY 10009
Phone Number: 212-979-1005
Location: United States  >  New York (NY)  >  New York City>  > East Village
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
Average Prices: USD 31 - 50
Cuisine: Dessert, Italian, Mediterranean, Pizza

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