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545 E 5th St, New York City, NY 10009-6729 (Ave. B)
6:00 pm - 12:00 am
Closed now
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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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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4 of 5 stars 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 

Thank PSM51
Culver City, California
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5 of 5 stars 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 stars 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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5 of 5 stars 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 

Thank dysphorichousewife
Wellesley, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars 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
Edmonton, Canada
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 158 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2016

We dined in this place on Friday night. It was really busy and waited more than 15 minutes past our reservation to get our spot. The staff is friendly and look after you very well. Food was excellent and highly recommend their pasta dishes.

Thank upalis
Bishops Stortford, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2016

Small and cosy restaurant off the tourist track. Delicious food served by knowledgable staff with good wine recommendations. My only comment is that you are whisked through your meal too quickly - the next diners are ready and waiting for your table. Very impressive table turnaround - stripped and relaid in 45 seconds!

Thank Mumma21
Orange County, California
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2016 via mobile

Nice little place in a cute neighborhood. Food was good but not memorable and NYC has so much GREAT Italian cuisine that you can do better. Prices not bad and they are inventive.

Thank Mommoid
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2016 via mobile

Discovered this place through a friend, and was pleasantly surprised ! Off the beaten track but so worth it! Cozy small place with a fabulous food ! Nice wine menu too! The owner gave us the corner table we asked for. It gets crowded as the night progresses. Enjoyed the excellent dinner and the ambiance! Love it !!

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
Average prices
$31 - $50
Italian, Mediterranean, Pizza
Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
Romantic, 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 allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

Staying in East Village

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East Village
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