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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: 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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  • 32
    Excellent
  • 18
    Very good
  • 4
    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
Fantastic Pastas

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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 14, 2015
Liketogo72
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California
Good for:
  • Romance
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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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44 reviews 44 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 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
3 helpful votes 3 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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38 reviews 38 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 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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19 reviews 19 reviews
15 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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525 reviews 525 reviews
326 restaurant reviews
178 helpful votes 178 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
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100 reviews 100 reviews
59 restaurant reviews
52 helpful votes 52 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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90 reviews 90 reviews
66 restaurant reviews
57 helpful votes 57 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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68 reviews 68 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
27 helpful votes 27 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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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: 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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