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East Village
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545 E 5th St, New York City, NY 10009-6729 (Ave. B)
12:00 pm - 12:00 am
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All 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
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The Hague, The Netherlands
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

Had drinks and dinner with a group of about 30 people. The staff was very friendly and efficient, we occupied nearly the entire restaurant. There was a nice selection of wines and beers and the appetizers were out of this word: thin crust mini pizza's. Main course was nice too, portions just right.

Thank Matthijs K
Carlisle, Pennsylvania
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 61 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

A little off the beaten track in the east village but worth a trip. Very small but casual and friendly. It is billed as Italian but the owner is Greek. My wife and I had fish dishes which were fantastic and the pasta dishes looked tasty. Wine list was acceptable. The prices were very good as entrees were around $25,... More 

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chicago, IL
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Was celebrating my birthday with my boyfriend and his family at Lavagna Restaurant. Great Italian food!! They know the owner Yorgos who was just wonderful!! Our waiter was Rob and he was fantastic and funny!! Can't wait to return there for dinner again!!

Thank RoseMariechicago_IL
Sao Paulo
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This is a hidden gem in East Village. It does mot offer a long menu, but the options are sophisticated and deliciously well prepared Italien food. Creative flavours, fine taste and very kind waiters and waitress.

Thank Southtraveller_12
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 8, 2016

Dont ask any questions. Just get yourself here, sit down and eat. I have never had better pasta except for going straight to the source in Italy. But if you can't hop on a plane then this is the only spot you should be looking for if you are in the mood for italian. It's phenom.com

Thank Liz M
Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 58 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 15, 2016

You may walk past this restaurant without a thought and would not probably make a specific trip to East Village unless you knew about this restaurant . It's a great Italian restaurant out of the way ! OK so the waiting staff even popped to the local store to get Sprite for a cocktail until our local friends arrived .... More 

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Culver City, California
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 13, 2016

What a find on a side street in the LES - Great food and atmosphere. Wonderful wines with a great somm. I would go back all the time i lived here.

Thank Jerry P
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 7, 2016 via mobile

Excellent Northern Italian fare. Delicious food in the East Village. Great wine selection and serve gluten-free pasta.

Thank Shelly A
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 65 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 18, 2016

My son and I stopped in here to grab a late dinner on a weeknight - we picked it because we were hungry and it was the first place we saw in the neighborhood - what an amazing stroke of luck! The food here is truly excellent - high quality ingredients well prepared. We each enjoyed appetizer portions of the... More 

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Wellesley, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 29, 2016

a great evening! Everyone loved their dinner. pretty atmosphere- great service and delicious pasta dishes for everyone in our group

Thank arline4753

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
$31 - $50
Italian, Mediterranean, Pizza
Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
Romantic, Special occasions, Families with children
Open Hours
12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
6:00 pm - 11:00 pm
6:00 pm - 11:00 pm
6:00 pm - 11:00 pm
6:00 pm - 11:00 pm
6:00 pm - 12:00 am
12:00 pm - 12:00 am
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 545 E 5th St, New York City, NY 10009-6729
    (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
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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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

Staying in East Village

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East Village
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