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545 E 5th St (at nr. Ave. A)
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Best

I'm a regular here... I love all the foods but I rarely step away from my usual order - mussels for appetizers and the grilled porkchop for entree. I can't get over how they cook...

Worst

My boyfriend and I made reservations here for New Year's Eve and were disappointed. Service was abrupt and we felt very rushed. Table was cramped. Food was overall mediocre. ...

the attitude of the waitress was terrible. 4/16/2012

I went to this restaurant with my friend last Friday night. It was my first time to visit this restaurant and I was kinda excited since the reviews were pretty good. I and my friend were waiting for a waiter who could take us to the table, but nobody came to us. my friend said ""excuse me"" to the waitress who was a white female with a blond bobhair but she didn't even say hello and totally ignored us and passed us by to serve the other tables in the outside. we were disconcerted a bit ,so I couldn't say anything. actually, I was kinda shocked. she saw us again when she came back inside the restaurant, and I saw She threw a look of contempt at us. I felt like the reason why she ignored us might be that we were Asian females. of course, she would say ""I am not a racist or something"", but I don't know why she did it to us. even though she was not a racist, her attitude was terrible as a waitress. Did she forget what she had to do as a waitress because she was an idiot? The owner must lay off her before their reputation gets worse. more

The place was nice. 10/14/2011

I really loved the setting of the place, I love the ambiance. Me and my husband went here for our anniversary; the lighting and the decorations, it felt romantic. The place was near perfect for the occasion. However, the food was not that good. On average, I must say. But the prices were good, reasonable in congruence with the food. It was nice :) more

Romantic and intimate Italian Dining 1/28/2010

Came here for my anniversary with my BF and they have pre-fix special for $30 per person from 6 to 7 PM. First of all, I really love the decor; it is romantic and dark lit, perfect for dates. The food is excellent too. We picked different dishes for all courses. I really love the pan-seared scallops; the puree sauce is very sweet and savory and scallops totally soaked up the juice. My entree, Black pepper Crusted Tuna tastes fresh and tender as well. It came in 3 big pieces of Yellowfin tuna. Finally, the desserts were outstanding. My panna Cotta is so soft and vanilla-ish. My BF's Warm Fruit Crisp was warm, sweet and it goes very well with their Vanilla Ice cream. I want to come back to try out their Rigatoni and Chocolate Moose cake. Pros: Romantic & Fine italian Dining more

good eats 3/2/2009

Solid, inexpensive northern italian food, good wine list, great neighborhood vibe. Loved the braised rabbit pappardelle. Pros: Example: best croissants in town Cons: What are the drawbacks? more

Not Good.. 9/30/2008

I wasn't thrilled by this. I am sometimes overwhelmed by prix fixe dinners. But this one was not my favorite of all the ones I have been to. It was awhile ago, before I started blogging, so I cannot remember all teh details of the meal. But I do remember being decidedly underwhelmed more

Classy joint and neighborhood favorite. 7/1/2008

I'm a regular here... I love all the foods but I rarely step away from my usual order - mussels for appetizers and the grilled porkchop for entree. I can't get over how they cook the porkchop. I'm not a great cook but I can never get it evenly cooked and keep it all tender and moist. And I love onions and vinegar so there's not a better dish then this one for me. I would recommend reservations as this is a very small place and is a neighborhood favorite. The last time I was there I saw 3 of my neighbors (different ones!) eating a meal. I love this place. Pros: Great food and service Cons: small so may need to call ahead (I never had to wait by luck) more

YUM 5/28/2008

I have eaten at the best italian restaurants worldwide but Lavagna's sweetpea ravioli in creamsauce with a hint of mint is an absolute homerun...i have never licked a plate before in my life nor would I ...but my girlfriend did this last friday while dining here! more

make a reservation! 4/22/2008

I have had several meals at Lavagnia so far and will deffinitely come back! The food is simple, everything tastes really great. My favourite dishes are scallops appetizer, pasta with rabbit, pork entree, and once I had a special of the skate wing, which was trully amazing! Another thing that is wonderful about this restaurant is a really amazing wine and beer selection. Even though it's italian, the wine list is eclectic, includes great french and german whites and rare portuguese reds. The service is brief and informative, polite and professional. The manager (Georgi?) is a funny person that adds mood to the restaurant :) We will be back! Pros: great service, very good wine selection Cons: sometimes hard to get in without a reservation, but it's a god sign a guess? more

Charming place, good food 4/13/2008

I don't know what other people's problem with this place is... My husband and I have now eaten here twice, and it's been wonderful both times. The restaurant has a very charming, relaxed and cozy ambiance, the food is delicious and not your typical Italian fare - here on top of pasta you'll find things like braised rabbit and seared monkfish. The Homemade Ricotta & Spinach Ravioli are to die for. The service was very courteous, but it did take them a while to bring our order - which, because of this delay, arrived with a complementary (and very tasty) appetizer. So the downside is that the place is rather small, and when it's packed, you DO wait. I thought it was worth it though. We'll be coming back here for sure, and bringing friends. Pros: Delicious (and not typical) food, great ambiance Cons: Small, long time waiting for the food more

Average food, above average prices 12/8/2007

This is another one of those overpriced East Village restaurants that thinks it's better than it is. This is a restaurant for people who do not know how to cook and therefore think anything moderately well prepared is great. Don't get me wrong, the food is not bad. It is well prepared and some of it is quite good. The salads are nicely made. But for what you are getting -- basic Italian food you could make yourself for a few dollars, literally -- it is overpriced. \r \r I have been here several times and have never had the service issues some other posters mention. I live in the East Village and avoid these restaurants on the weekends, perhaps that is why. Pros: Reliably decent food, good selection, nice wines Cons: Not a great value more

love 6/22/2007

MY BOYFRIEND AND I TOOK OUR PARENTS.IT KILLS ME TO GIVE THIS PLACE THAN GLOWING REVIEW;THE FOOD HORRIBLE FLAVORLESS;it is not worth it?the service o my god horrible. Pros: bad Cons: terrible service more

awesome price fix though they just raised price 6/4/2007

been going there for 3 years excellent restaurant, great food price fix went up from 25 to 28 is my only problem service is nice more

Great Food, Hit-or-Miss Service 2/27/2007

I have been going to this place ever since it opened and if anything, it kept getting better. I brought many friends and family here. I never had a major issues with the service. Granted, however, some of the waiters can definitely be off or have a bad day (in which case we gave a smaller tip). I never had any problems with the Maitre D'. Even if the service might be moody at times, the food is absolutely worth it. The wine list is outstanding. \r (As to the previous review: ""loser"" is spelled with one, not two, Os.) Pros: Very good Value Cons: Service (at times) more

Loosers Stay Home! 2/5/2007

If you think a restaurant is terrible - and it's packed - you're a looser.\r If you show up late and expect sympathy - you're a looser.\r If you get yelled at and the regulars at the bar laugh - you're a looser.\r If you don't know the name of the GM and try to insist on being seated - you're a looser.\r If you do not have the sense enough to recognize great food and wine in the east village - Stay home! You're a looser!\r \r Oh - everyone else. Please come by and enjoy one of my favorite restaurants in the city! Pros: great food and wine without dressing up! Cons: Bad place for H girls who order cheap wine more

do you like people shouting at you? then this is the place for you! 1/24/2007

The host (who apparently is also the owner) must have some sort of a mental disorder. Otherwise it's hard to explain why he freaked out and started shouting at guests when they just asked for a table for four on Saturday night, and became even more mad when he was asked to behave a little more politely. Customer service? Well, these guys probably do not even know such an expression in English. Pros: n/a Cons: terrible service, awful attitude from the personnel more

Horrible place. Avoid by all means. 1/6/2007

Horrible place. The service is not bad, it is just UNBELIEVABLY bad. You make a reservation for let's say 9pm. You show up at 9.07. The host (I believe this is the owner) scornfully tells you that since you are 7 minutes late your reservation is cancelled. It is 9pm Saturday night, and instead of leaving the place immediately you stupidly decide to wait. After 45 minutes of waiting outside (the owner does not forget to say that nothing is available at the bar) you politely inquire about the table. Owner's reaction? He starts yelling that that there is nothing available, and because you DO NOT HAVE reservation (sic!) you better shut up if you want to get anything. Literally, the guy YELLS at you! After an hour of waiting and your SECOND inquiry about the table, the guy goes ballistic. He screams that he is tired with answering the same question, that his friends just came, and you better be good if you still want to get a table. You suggest that the guy mind his tone and behave. You leave.\r \r I know, this sounds unbelievable. I myself thought this was MTV's ""boiling point"" and that I would see a camera man any second and Ashton Kucher handing $100 bill over to me in the end. Alas, this was my Saturday reality. \r \r This was my second (and last) visit to Lavagna and I can honestly say that the food isn't worth the whole experience. I do not know what the owner's problem is and what kind of vision regarding customer service he has, but it won't help him stay competitive in this city. Seriously, in the city full of great restaurants (with normal service) why would you want to be screamed at by some idiot and wait for hours? Anyways, we end up having a great time at Jane in Soho (their almond trout is unbelievable, very good, highly recommended). My New Year's resolution about Lavagna? Never ever again.\r \r Cons: horrible service, extremely rude owner, long wait with reservation more

Loosers stay home 12/1/2006

If you think a restaurant is terrible - and it's packed - you're a looser.\r If you show up late and expect sympathy - you're a looser.\r If you get yelled at and the regulars at the bar laugh - you're a looser.\r If you don't know the name of the GM and try to insist on being seated - you're a looser.\r If you do not have the sense enough to recognize great food and wine in the east village - Stay home! You're a looser!\r \r Oh - everyone else. Please come by and enjoy one of my favorite restaurants in the city! Pros: Great food and wine - No tie required Cons: Not condusive to H girls who order cheap wine. more

Oof! Out of the 10,000 restaurants in NYC I had the misfortune of picking this one. 11/2/2006

The food is okay, but the service is terrible -- my wife is a vegetarian and instead of pointing out the vegetarian dishes when we requested, our waiter told us to figure it out for ourselves and said he'd come back later. I ordered a glass of wine and it seemed like it had been sitting in an opened bottle for multiple days -- was practically vinegar. When I asked the waiter (and then the owner, who was behind the bar) about this, they basically ridiculed me. I happen to know something about wine, and in this case the wine was so far gone that a complete ingenue would have had no difficulty in figuring out that it had gone bad. Avoid this place! Pros: Pasta was fine (but about average) Cons: Awful service more

Horrible experience 3/9/2006

Basically, I took my sister to eat dinner and the minute we both walked in we received diry looks from the owner. Then we looked at the menu not much to choose from and finally they did not great us good bye. So its was the worse experience in my life. Cons: expensive, not fulfulling, small more

Treated Like Royalty! 1/10/2006

A Great Date spot, food is good, service is beyond excellent, it's a perfect cozy little place, large wine selection, I been there several times and am never disappointed by anything!! more
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Owner Message

  • Lavagna now has Sidewalk Seating so come enjoy a romantic dinner al fresco. Lavagna is also open for Lunch on Saturdays and Sundays. Dinner is served 7 nights a week.

Editorial

  • Behind a deep red awning in Alphabet City lies this understated trattoria, frequented by locals in search of a casual, romantic spot for traditional Italian fare served in rustic, welcoming...

  • 8/11/2009 Provided by Citysearch

Additional information

  • Hours:

    Mon-Thu 6pm-11pm; Fri-Sat 6pm-11pm; Sun 5pm-11pm
  • Payments:

    American Express, Visa, Master Card
  • Neighborhoods:

    Downtown, Alphabet City, East Village
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