You’ll LAVO the Food Here


39 E 58th Street, New York, NY 10022
Rating: 4.5/5.
Ideal for: Family Gathering, Outing with Friends, Celebration.
Price: High-Price.

Lavo is one of the hottest places to go to on a Friday night, and luckily I had the chance to see what the hype is all about. Even with reservations, we had to wait about 20 minutes for our table to be ready.

We got a table next to the DJ, and naturally became friends with the talented guy. The music that was playing in the hectic restaurant was very soothing, and most of it was throwbacks which made us very happy. It almost canceled the noise of the people talking.

Although the noise was too overwhelming, it didn’t make me enjoy the food any less. Before our dishes arrived, we enjoyed a homemade garlic bread with tomato sauce. If you have followed my blog for a while, you might know that I am not a fan of robust tomato sauce. This one was light, and it was condiments with fresh basil and garlic. I especially enjoyed the chunks of tomato in it.

For appetizers, I got tuna tartare, and I have never seen such a plate before. Let me tell you that I am a huge fan of tuna tartare and would always order this when it is available, and this was by far the best one I have ever had. The portion was very generous, especially for an appetizer.  It had a pool of fresh avocado chunks and on top the tuna. It had a black olive dressing that was very rich yet very soft,  and some toasted garlic to give the dish a little bit of a crunch. I devoured the whole thing so fast, that I  was full by the time my main dish came to the table.

For main, I order the Brick Oven Salmon Oreganato. It had seasoned breadcrumbs crust in a white wine, garlic butter sauce. As a side, it came with zoodles (zucchini noodles) that were to die for. The salmon was both juicy and tender, and the breadcrumbs made it taste even better. I am not a fan of adding lemon to my salmon, and instead added a little bit of parmesan cheese to complement the herbs of the crust. I loved that the salmon came with no skin, and that again, the portion was extremely generous. I expected a little fillet, and instead got enough food for two (maybe three) meals.

I took a few bites of my friends Penne Alla Vodka and it was great. It was cooked al dente, and the sauce was very  rich and creamy. She ordered it without the prosciutto, so Lavo is great accommodating any food allergies or restrictions. Personally, I didn’t like the peas in it either, but I fished around to only get the good stuff!

For dessert, both my friends got the Nutella pudding. It was very small, yet two bites of it were enough. It was very sweet, very Nutella-y, and overwhelming. The sea salt on top made it easier to The same thing happened with my dessert, the fried Oreo. Although I never go for this whenever I am at a carnival, I thought that Lavo would make it more gourmet. I was mistaken. It was also very overwhelmingly sweet. If you are going for dessert at Lavo, make sure to share different ones to not get too overwhelmed with the rich, sweet flavors.

Jewtina Tips: Share the appetizers! They are too big to be eaten by only one person.

Teenu- Disfruta- Enjoy!