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Grotta Azzurra Restaurant

177 Mulberry St, New York City, NY 10013-3741
+1 212-925-8775
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  • Excellent28%
  • Very good35%
  • Average19%
  • Poor7%
  • Terrible11%
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177 Mulberry St, New York City, NY 10013-3741
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Not too terribly romantic but nice. Good wine selection and fair prices. Chicken Milanese, ravioli, carbonara, gnocchi and Chicken Marsala were all REALLY good. The Chicken Parm was not. Over cooked and flavorless. The server was knowledgeable, prompt, and kind. Big misstep? We are 25-30%...More

Thank mmmmcoffee
Reviewed 9 November 2017 via mobile

I should have known, but hope springs eternal. The best part of this lunch was the beer special. I couldn’t even finish my chicken parmigiana. In fact, I’m writing this review from the restaurant in the hope that I can spare someone else my mistake....More

Thank JD28204
Reviewed 17 October 2017 via mobile

We were heading to Angelo's of Mulberry when we stopped here to review the menu, the host came to greet us and explained the specials, we decided to stay and eat at The Grotta. The service was very good the waiter was not overbearing but...More

Thank John V
Reviewed 8 October 2017 via mobile

I've eaten here several times. In years gone by when Little Italy was still really Italian, this was the go to place. Handsome Italian waiters right off the boat, Italian food like your Italian grandmother would make and tons of NYC locals eating. Today it's...More

Thank James S
Reviewed 25 September 2017

My date wanted chicken Marsala. So we walked through Little Italy during the Feast of Genaro. It was a good time, but our lunch was not good. Chicken Marsala had a very average gravy and not good at all. I had a Ceasar salad that...More

Thank james k
Reviewed 23 September 2017 via mobile

We stopped here for lunch. It was awful. Ordered drinks no problem. There were 3 of us, two had pizza and 1 had sausage and peppers. Pizza bases were pre bought. Tomato soup as the base and plastic cheese! And it was overlooked and awful....More

Thank j4nie2014
Reviewed 23 September 2017

I went here for lunch with four people. The decor was nice and the place was larger than many other restaurants in Little Italy. The place was packed and the service was excellent but the prices were a bit expensive even for NYC. The food...More

Thank GuitarPlayer2006
Reviewed 22 September 2017 via mobile

Seriously bad pizza. My wife and I both ordered the pizza supremo. I can only assume that the word 'supremo' was lost in translation and what they meant was pizza terribile. The base probably came in a frozen multipack and was covered in horrible tomato...More

Thank marc n
Reviewed 22 September 2017 via mobile

We dined here last night during the feast. It was a great night. We enjoyed appetizers, wine, pasta and chicken Parmesan. The food was great and the ambiance was energetic. It was a very fun night.

Thank lollygal
Reviewed 15 September 2017 via mobile

Met a business colleague during San gennaro for lunch, and wound up sitting outside here. They were not that busy as it was early. The pironi on tap was the highlight. Cold and tasty. Calamari was awful-perfectly round rings so processed. No taste, no feet....More

Thank jtmarino
Little Italy
While Little Italy is one of the city's smallest
neighbourhoods, its streets are packed with visitors
from around the globe, especially on summer weekends
when the streets are closed to traffic. Stroll up
Mulberry Street, the heart of Little Italy, for a
dense mix of Italian restaurants with sidewalk tables,
cafes, and old-school food shops. Don’t be surprised
when the hosts beckon you to pay them a visit. Stop in
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$15 - US$50
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Television, Free Wifi, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Street Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Takeout, Highchairs Available
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Groups, Kids, Special Occasion Dining, Child-friendly
Open Hours
08:30 - 23:00
08:30 - 23:00
08:30 - 23:00
08:30 - 23:00
08:30 - 23:00
08:30 - 00:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 177 Mulberry St, New York City, NY 10013-3741
    (Broome Street)
  • Public Transportation: 6 train to Spring Street, N train to Prince Street, D & B trains to Grand Street, Q, N, R, W, 6 & J trains to Canal Street, F, D, B, N, R & 6 trains to B'way Lafayette.
  • Location: United States  >  New York (NY)  >  New York City>  > Little Italy
  • Neighbourhood: Little Italy
  • Phone Number: +1 212-925-8775
  • E-mail
Founded in 1908 by the Davino family Grotta Azzurra was named for the blue grotto on the isle of Capri and designed to evoke the beauty of one of the worlds most famous caves in the world, intensified. Enrico Caruso feasted here after performances, and Sinatra called it his one and only favorite Italian restaurant, making it the site of many a “Rat Pack” evening. Shuttered for six years, Grotta Azzurra has now been stunningly renovated and rebirthed by a descendant renaissance for dining in Little Italy, with multi-talented chef Frank Castellana recreating the finest in Italian Cuisine.
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