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East Village
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545 E 5th St, New York City, NY 10009-6729 (Ave. B)
+1 212-979-1005
6:00 pm - 11:00 pm
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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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Birmingham, Alabama
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23 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 16, 2017

Girls night out...6 friends out for dinner while visiting NYC. This was a return visit for us because everything was so great the last time we were there. Another amazing dining experience. The food is fantastic and service is great. Nice wine selection as well. Some of our plates included venison, pasta with rabbit, ravioli, fresh fish...plates are fresh and... More 

Thank Gina P
New York City, New York
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16 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 10, 2017

It has been a year since we ate here and I want to kick myself for lapsing that long. The wine selection is deep and we had a very nice reasonably priced Tuscany red. Our apps were off the charts; scallops and mussels as stand outs and we also shared the artichoke which was quite good. For mains we were... More 

Thank Andrew C
New York, New York, United States
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 12, 2016

This is one of the best Italian restaurants in the city ... the carbonara is fantastic, and we've not been disappointed with any of the other choices on the menu, nor the wine list. Cozy, romantic atmosphere. It's a small place, so make your reservation on OpenTable.

Thank SRWelch00
London, United Kingdom
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43 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 27, 2016 via mobile

We were looking for great Italian food and we found it. The specials and a la carte items were equally good. It is a small restaurant so you need to book, but it is worth it.

Thank jlcchew
London, United Kingdom
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173 reviews
144 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 81 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 18, 2016

We always make for this friendly and cosy neighbourhood restaurant in Alphabet City. Food excellent with a lot of the offering cooked in a wood fired oven. Very friendly and attentive staff and a really extensive Italian wine list.

Thank 362MichaelD
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22 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 17, 2016

So authentic. Saturday night at 9 p.m. and the place was packed. The food was outstanding, fish on fire, artichoke, pasta and pork chop. A wine list with lots to choose from and a variety of prices. Our server was very friendly and helpful. Our group were all very pleased and we will be back.

Thank travelling_Doodle
New York City, New York
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 17, 2016

Lavagna is a lovely, warm neighborhood eatery with a minimalist menu with excellent and varied selections. If you plan to order wine by the glass, I recommend the Colpetrone Sagrantini Di Montefalco Umbria 2010. Extraordinary! The Insalata Mista was alright. Our two entrees were the Pan Seared Monkfish with roasted portobello mushrooms, baby artichokes and green olive vinaigrette and the... More 

Thank RBJoelson
New York City, New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 14, 2016 via mobile

Really nice ambience and fantastic food! We both had fish which was really good. But the pasta dishes being delivered to other tables looked amazing! I would highly recommend it. Btw we took advantage of a 5 to 7 pm Sunday fixed price menu that was only $38. Definitely worth a visit and a good meal.

Thank LESLES002
Westbury, New York, United States
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47 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 11, 2016

I have been to Lavagna about 3 or 4 times now, thanks to my friends who love this place. I have never had a mediocre meal here. The food is always fantastic and the service is spectacular. The staff makes you feel like family. At my last visit, I decided to be adventurous and ordered a rabbit dish. I figured... More 

Thank Ren Z
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13 restaurant reviews
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 1, 2016 via mobile

Turned up on spec without a reservation but arrived early, at 6pm and no one else in the restaurant. Asked for a table and explained we didn't have a reservation, lady at the bar pulled a face and started looking at the bookings...while doing this another lady came over and said "not a problem, follow me". Sat us at a... More 

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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
Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Wheelchair Accessible, Full Bar
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
Special occasions, Families with children, Romantic
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: +1 212-979-1005
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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