Lavagna

(212) 979-1005 | View Website

545 E 5th St, New York, NY | Directions   10009

40.724086 -73.982304

Open Hours

Mon-Thu 6pm-11pm;

Fri-Sat 6pm-11pm;

Sun 5pm-11pm

 
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Neighborhoods: Alphabet City, Downtown, East Village

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Lavagna
Lavagna
Menu
Roasted Cauliflower Salad, Fontina, Fresh Ricotta & Parmesan, Mezze Rigatoni Alla Gricia, Grilled Alaskan Salmon, Seared Scallops “Agrodolce”, Tuscan Kale Caesar, Carciofo Al Forno, Prosciutto Di San Daniele, Insalata Mista, Zuppa Di Cozze... more

Reviews for Lavagna

Recommends
3.0
over a year ago

Average food, above average prices – 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.

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.

Recommends
5.0
over a year ago

love – 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.

Recommends
3.0
over a year ago

awesome price fix though they just raised price – 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

Recommends
5.0
over a year ago

Great Food, Hit-or-Miss Service – 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.

(As to the previous review: "loser" is spelled with one, not two, Os.)

Recommends
5.0
over a year ago

Loosers Stay Home! – If you think a restaurant is terrible - and it's packed - you're a looser.

If you show up late and expect sympathy - you're a looser.

If you get yelled at and the regulars at the bar laugh - you're a looser.

If you don't know the name of the GM and try to insist on being seated - you're a looser.

If you do not have the sense enough to recognize great food and wine in the east village - Stay home! You're a looser!

Oh - everyone else. Please come by and enjoy one of my favorite restaurants in the city!

Doesn't Recommend
1.0
over a year ago

do you like people shouting at you? then this is the place for you! – 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.

Doesn't Recommend
1.0
over a year ago

Horrible place. Avoid by all means. – 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.

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.

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.

Recommends
5.0
over a year ago

Loosers stay home – If you think a restaurant is terrible - and it's packed - you're a looser.

If you show up late and expect sympathy - you're a looser.

If you get yelled at and the regulars at the bar laugh - you're a looser.

If you don't know the name of the GM and try to insist on being seated - you're a looser.

If you do not have the sense enough to recognize great food and wine in the east village - Stay home! You're a looser!

Oh - everyone else. Please come by and enjoy one of my favorite restaurants in the city!

Doesn't Recommend
1.0
over a year ago

Oof! Out of the 10,000 restaurants in NYC I had the misfortune of picking this one. – 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!

Doesn't Recommend
1.0
over a year ago

Horrible experience – 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.

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