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Lavagna

#1,500 of 11,063 Restaurants in New York City
Certificate of Excellence
$$$$
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East Village
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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: Late Night, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff
Good for: Families with children, Romantic
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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  • 44
    Excellent
  • 26
    Very good
  • 8
    Average
  • 5
    Poor
  • 1
    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
Family favorite

I get to New York three or four times a year, and Lavagna is my favorite dinner in town. It's cozy, informal, and friendly. The menu isn't very large and doesn't change frequently, but there are no bad choices among the pizzas, pasta, meat, salads and handful of specials. It's a great value for... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
just_common_sense
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Deerfield, Massachusetts
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Deerfield, Massachusetts
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39 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

I get to New York three or four times a year, and Lavagna is my favorite dinner in town. It's cozy, informal, and friendly. The menu isn't very large and doesn't change frequently, but there are no bad choices among the pizzas, pasta, meat, salads and handful of specials. It's a great value for the price. My parents, who are... More 

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Thank just_common_sense
Stamford, Connecticut
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Would def recommend if you're looking for small restaurant. Really great food and waitress super knowledgeable about wines.

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Thank Knocknagoshel
Richmond, Virginia, United States
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19 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2015

Christmas Eve- terrific local kind of Italian restaurant. The food was very good as was the service. The owner is a very friendly guy who is quick with a smile and there to be sure you're happy. I'd go back.

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Thank Mark R
Mexico City, Mexico
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33 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 25, 2015

This restaurant does some things very well. It has a great short menu with really interesting choices, serves wholesome, decently sized plates in a convivial atmosphere. Some of the food was great, inparticular the artichoke and scallop starters. However, the main courses were rather less interesting. Rabbit pasta had great flavour but an overcooked texture, while the pork chop was... More 

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Thank Borr66
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14 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 24, 2015 via mobile

Fantastic. From start to finish. Go scallops. Go whole fish for two. Go chocolate mousse cake. Go for the Luigi Baudana Barolo 2008. For for it all 😍🙏🕉👌🏻👍

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Thank Merryhope77
Madison, Wisconsin
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11 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 13, 2015

Great food and service. From the appetizers to meals to dessert, we had a great meal. And the staff was great, service outstanding. I was floored with how good it was!

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Thank markinmadison
Roohski
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97 reviews
57 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2015

We took a BIG chance in NYC on a Sat night, luckily it was before 7. We walked in and got lucky with a 4 top, after that they were turning folks away. Everything we had (except perhaps my red wine rec) were top notch. The waiter made a mistake on my order, but he was apologetic, even though we... More 

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Thank Roohski
Fort Worth, Texas
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118 reviews
99 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 59 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2015 via mobile

Go here now! Ask for Kathleen, a beautiful young actress who delivers the food with flairand attitude. I had the sole with prosciutto and my wife the scallops and rabbit pasta. Try the Schioppettino Di Cialla for your light red. However, you'll have many other choices. This is an awesome place and the people rock! Love it!!!!!

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Thank ML W
South Park, Pennsylvania, United States
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109 reviews
84 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 9, 2015 via mobile

The Saturday night before the NYC marathon my wife and I went here for some quality carbo loading. It was a last minute decision and Open Table wouldn't let us make a reservation online. I called and was told if we could get there by 6:15, they would seat us. We made it by 6:10 and were seated with thanks... More 

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Thank Raymond S
New York City, New York
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2015 via mobile

Love this informal spot on the lower east side. Great food, friendly service and good wine list. It is small and fills up quickly at dinner time.

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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: Families with children, 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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