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Grotta Azzurra Restaurant

$$ - $$$
Little Italy
Italian, Bar, Pub, Wine Bar
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177 Mulberry St, New York City, NY 10013-3741 (Broome Street)
+1 212-925-8775
Mon - Fri 08:30 - 23:00
Sat 08:30 - 00:00
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Madrid, Spain
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13 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

Very nice and close to the Memorial Museum to stop the food. Pizza with an oven that invites you to come in and order a pizza. Attentive service and quiet place to make a break.

Thank ftmarmario
Glasgow, UK
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35 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 56 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Restaurant was quiet when we arrived. One couple were arguing and the female was being extremely rude about the quality of her food. The waiters dealt with this in a calm and professional manner. Our order came and we were delighted by the quality of the food. I had the homemade sausage and peppers and it was delicious. As it... More 

Thank JohnKirk1888
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19 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Nice location , and staff professional (but maybe it would be better to not fake the Italian accents only to catch Italian turist). The price was optimum, cheap and Honest ; The pizza was ok , maybe a little bit salty than the original, but it's OK 👍🏻👌🏻 Turist menu pizza and beer 👍🏻 inside one of the most iconic... More 

Thank Andrew D
2 reviews
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We discovered the place thanks to the happy hour (4-7pm) and had some very nice beers. They even have Duvel on draft!! Although we tried the local beers, which are very tasty btw. After our apéro if 2 beers we continued some shopping in the area (shops open till 9pm) and went back to the street for dinner. We ended... More 

Thank T V
New York City, New York
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907 reviews
612 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 924 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Grotta Azura has been around for years and years. It's one of the few authentic Italian restaurants in Little Italy. You walk in and the garlic, tomato smell hits you and you know you are in the right place. As you look around and notice the clientele you see that they really are not terrorists but people who come to... More 

Thank jeremy t
Houston, Texas, United States
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64 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 March 2017 via mobile

We were in NYC during the great snow storm called Stella. Determined to see some of the sights, we ended up in Little Italy and lucked into this place. The food was delicious and the service was good, which was lucky for us since most of the city was closed. I'd go back for the spaghetti carbonara. My son loved... More 

Thank CohenD1234
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36 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 March 2017

Searched through little Italy and finally chose this place. I was not disappointed. What they can do to spinach is awesome. The ambience is excellent and the service was great whilst being very busy.

Thank rakeshjyotiberi
Lubbock, TX
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4 reviews
Reviewed 16 March 2017 via mobile

For a girls trip, we decided we would venture down to Little Italy upon recommendations from friends. We weren't look for anything in particular, but stumbled upon the Grotto! Oh my goodness was the food good! We ordered garlic bread, which was amazing! We split a bottle of delicious Rose. For dinner, our waiter recommended the house made pastas. We... More 

Thank Redraiderchick
Winnipeg, Canada
1 review
Reviewed 9 March 2017

My cousin and I were recommended to try this place by a fellow traveller. It was delicious! The rice balls as an appetizer were awesome; crispy on the outside and cheesy on the inside. I loved my cannelloni and she loved her spaghetti and meatballs. Apparently the ravioli of the day is something to try as well. The sangria was... More 

Thank lisaanne2017
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134 reviews
85 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 February 2017

Came to try the lunch specials. We both agreed the pasta portion of our meal was really good but neither one of is enjoyed our protein very much (meatballs and chicken parm). My husband said his meatballs were too sausage-based (needed more of a beef mixture) and a little greasy. My chicken could have used a more crispy texture and... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$15 - US$50
Italian, Bar, Pub, Wine Bar
Breakfast, 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, Delivery, Takeout, Parking Available, Highchairs Available
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Child-friendly, Kids, Special Occasion Dining, Groups
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
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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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

Staying in Little Italy

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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 for a coffee and a cannoli, or grab a streetside table to take in the scenery over a hearty Italian meal.
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