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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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Open Now
8:30 AM - 11:00 PMAll hours
Italian, Vegetarian Friendly
$$ - $$$
177 Mulberry St, New York City, NY 10013-3741
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Cute resto in little italie, good food :) we sat on the terasse and got to watch NewYork daily life great ambiance and good service.

Thank Jack P
Reviewed 1 week ago

I am so glad I did NOT read some of the reviews before we went here. The food was delicious and excellent service. We went mid afternoon and were surprised it was still considered lunch. We chose one of the "specials." In our case it...More

Thank DBSTexas
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Overall good place. Romantic atmosphere. Nice and authentic looking bar. Nice.and.helpful staff. Good wine! Best to order- homemade pasta! Not anything special. Good salad and I reccomend the fettuccini with cream sauce and shrimp. Touristy yes. Do your research before you eat at little italy.

Thank Michellejlkjasf
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Eat here quite a few times a year. Place was crowded. We sat and sat while our waiter took orders around us and gave people their checks. Finally ordered. Wine was not cold, bread seemed like it was reheated over. Friend calamari was limp and...More

Thank PrincessVahineMaui
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Ate here for lunch, so there wasn't much of a crowd. Excellent service, and wonderful food! There were several lunch special options - one menu for $9.99 and one for $14.99 - both offered a first course pasta dish and a second course entree dish....More

Thank StevenVA
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Several great recommendations from friends - to our question: What is the best restaurant in Little Italy? - Grotta Azzurra 177 Mulberry St - skip lunch as portions are generous, appetisers (entrees) all fantastic (Harry 16yo loved scollops in bacon with rich sauce); then all...More

Thank JKHunter
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We got an early booking here (5:30PM mid-week) and it was pretty quiet, so service was fast. Food was varied and good quality with an emphasis on traditional Italian staples (pastas and veal cooked in traditional style). Atmosphere was 1960's Italian-American with Frank Sinatra crooning...More

Thank Craig_Tapper
Reviewed 26 November 2017 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 18 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
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, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Takeout
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Kids, Special Occasion Dining, Groups, Child-friendly
Open Hours
8:30 AM - 11:00 PM
8:30 AM - 11:00 PM
8:30 AM - 11:00 PM
8:30 AM - 11:00 PM
8:30 AM - 11:00 PM
8:30 AM - 12:00 AM
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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