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About Grotta Azzurra

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.

177 Mulberry Street
New York, NY 10013
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Italian

Hours of Operation:
Breakfast: Daily: 8:30am - 11:30am;
Lunch: Daily: 11:30am - 4:00pm;
Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 4:00pm - 11:00pm. (last seating for dinner at 10.00pm)
Friday - Saturday: 4:00pm - 12:00am (last seating for dinner at 10.30pm)
Christmas Eve: 8.30am - 10.00pm
Christmas Day: CLOSED
January 1st: 11am-11pm
San Gennaro Feast hours are different.

Cross Street:
Broome Street

Dress Code:
Smart Casual

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(212) 925-8775

Website:
http://www.bluegrotta.com/

Catering:
Please inquire for details. contact@bluegrotta.com or go to our website www.bluegrotta.com and please fill up the form.

Parking Details:
Street parking is available. Parking lot is located next to the Restaurant on Broome street

Public Transit:
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.

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Beer, Cafe, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Special Events & Promotions:
Please inquire for details. contact@bluegrotta.com

Specials

Thanksgiving Dinner Special Menus & Offers

Thursday, November 23, 2017

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Sunday, December 24, 2017

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Sunday, December 31, 2017

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Sunday, December 24, 2017

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Private Dining

We welcome you to plan your special event or private function in our restaurant or wine cellar. We will cater to your event planning needs whether it's a corporate lunch, dinner, holiday party, wedding rehearsal, bridal or baby shower. Our Wine Cellar Room can accommodate 65 seated or 90 standing.

Grotta Azzurra Ratings and Reviews

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3.8

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

3.7

service

4.0

ambience

3.9

value

3.7

Noise

Moderate

78% would recommend it to a friend

Casual (5)
Special Occasion (4)
Great for Outdoor Dining (4)
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Authentic (3)
People Watching (3)
Good for Anniversaries (2)
Good for Birthdays (2)
Cozy (2)
Good for a Date (2)
Late-night Find (2)
Neighborhood Gem (2)
Sunday Lunch (2)
Business Meals (1)
Comfort Food (1)
Gluten Free Options (1)
Good for Groups (1)
Local Ingredients (1)
Scenic View (1)
Seasonal (1)
Tasting Menu (1)
Good Vegetarian Options (1)
Worth the Drive (1)
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 (Des Moines)·Dined on November 12, 2017

Superb food - if you've never had homemade pasta before, it's remarkable! Great atmosphere and kind, knowledgeable service! You can't miss here!!

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·Dined on November 12, 2017

A little bit too loud and crowded. Food was very good but came way too fast. Wasn’t able to enjoy one course fully without next coming quickly.

Tags: Business Meals
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 12, 2017

For sophistication of restaurant goers now quality not better than local Italian restaurant in any town. Has to be better in Little Italy if you want that experience.

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 (New England)·Dined on October 21, 2017

First off- it was about 110 degrees inside. We asked them to turn the fans on and they didn’t work. The lights flickered on and off the whole time and when we asked why the sever told us they had been doing that all day. Not to mention the server didn’t come over for about 15 minutes. She didn’t bring enough water for the whole table. The food was mediocre. The bread was raw in the middle. The sangria was disgusting and sugary. I brought my family here from out of town because I loved it last time. I was so embarrassed. Horrible service, not once did she ask how our meals were. Everything was rushed and thrown at us. The food was room temperature and the meat bracciole was over cooked and hard. Needless to say, we won’t be going back.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on October 15, 2017

Took my dad for a nostalgic dinner (he used to go often over 30 years ago) and he was happy it was still good. Rice balls, potato croquettes were great appetizers and not greasy and the lasagna and Bolognese sauce amazing and authentic. The eggplant parmesan had a great char grilled flavor to it that set it apart from the typical preparation.

Tags: Good for Groups, Sunday Lunch
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·Dined on October 7, 2017

A Little Italy classic! The portions were generous and the food was delicious as ever!
Also, very attentive waiters! Bravo!

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Great for Outdoor Dining
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·Dined on October 7, 2017

The food was good and good service also , the ambiance of a resto de quartier :)

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Casual, Sunday Lunch, Good for Birthdays
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·Dined on September 29, 2017

Amazing History in this restaurant. Loved the old photos downstairs

Tags: Special Occasion
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on September 24, 2017

Solid Italian food in Little Italy. Not my favorite in that neighborhood but good value for a decent meal. Service was very slow and unattentive. The chicken Marsala was good. My son and husband had the spaghetti bolognese which they said was very good.

Tags: Authentic, Casual
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on September 17, 2017

It was a terrible choice to go here since there are so many good restaurants in little Italy.
food was not good at all, the place if a total tourist trap based on how many people were showing their tour bus tickets for meal.
Keep walking!

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on September 16, 2017

Place was busy but i had a reservation so they took me right away. Tasted like homemade food. Nice evening.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, People Watching, Local Ingredients, Casual
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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 26, 2017

Good food, great service, convenient with a great location on Mulberry Street. Definitely in a more quiet area, which made for a more relaxed atmosphere.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Casual
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 (St. Louis)·Dined on August 2, 2017

We dined for lunch during New York Restaurant Week. The food was amazing! Large delicious portions, great service! I would highly recommend Grotto Azzurra to friends and family.

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 (Nashville)·Dined on July 30, 2017

Great outdoor dining in Little Italy. Loved the gnocchi Bolognese (very light) and live the idea that they make their own pasta.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on July 23, 2017

I have been dining at grota azzura for years and I go there every time I go to Little Italy. It is affordable and the food is excellent. I have been to expensive restaurants such as Becco and Babbo and they are not as great as Grotta Azzura. I will definitely recommend it!

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 (New York Area)·Dined on July 18, 2017

Food arrive after an hour , mostly cold. Waiter took off for the next 45 minutes and then showed up asking if we'd like drinks as we looked at empty plates. I ask for the check which he delivered with a 20% tip added beforehand for two people. Nice when you don't need to work for a living isn't it . Little Italy will be one restaurant smaller next year.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on July 15, 2017

Excellent Italian cuisine. I have eaten here many times. The price is right for a delicious evening

Tags: Fun
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vip
 (Vancouver)·Dined on July 3, 2017

Very good value prix fixe menu

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 (New York Area)·Dined on June 23, 2017

We chose Grotta Azzura for its charm and its location. We had a fantastic time and were treated excellently by the staff. It was our friends going away party leaving NYC and the staff treated us to the most amazing cheesecake for dessert. A fantastic night with fantastic service and the best gnocchi i have ever had.

Tags: Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Authentic
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 (Oklahoma City)·Dined on June 23, 2017

Great food and service was awesome

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 (Chicago)·Dined on June 17, 2017

Authentic food, good service but not very engaging. Nice wine list with reasonable bottle prices. Even the inside dining area has an airy feel because of the numerous open doors weather permitting.

Tags: Authentic
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 (New York Area)·Dined on June 16, 2017

The service was great. Coming from an Italian family that knows what great Italian food and sauce tastes like, this place fell very short. Menu also is limited.

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on June 16, 2017

Waiter thought the veal chop was pork. Veal Marsala was a bit tough.braciole was fair.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on May 29, 2017

One of our favorite restaurants - like Billy Joel says - We'll get a table near the street
In our old familiar place...I'll meet you any time you want
In our Italian Restaurant - food is always top notch, service is wonderful, and LOVE the people watching! All levels fantastic.

Tags: Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Business Meals, Good for Anniversaries, People Watching
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vip
 (Miami)·Dined on May 25, 2017

Lovely dinner at Grotta Azzurra. This place was recommended to us by people that live in NYC for years before retiring to SE Fla, so we gave it a try and really enjoyed the meal.
Anthony was our server and gave use great recommendations so we split a full Caesar salad (and it does come with anchovies). Then we split each others meals - The Veal Picata was out of this world, tasted great a was very tender. The Cannelloni comes in a huge portion made with home made pasta and sauces. We had plenty of leftovers but no re-fridge in the hotel room so it went to waste. Be aware -- the bread is out of this world fresh, so don't fill up on it before the real meal shows up.
We will be back to NYC and Grotta Azzurra is one of 2 restaurants on our 'We Got To Go Back To' list in a few month.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Romantic, Neighborhood Gem, Casual, Good for Anniversaries, Authentic, Special Occasion, Good for a Date
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 (New York Area)·Dined on May 22, 2017

I wanted to go to an Italian restaurant with my 18 year old daughter and we decided to go to Grotta Azzurra because of the review I read online. I had a martini, it was okay not great. The focaccia bread was not that good. I read they bake bread on premises. Well it was cold when it arrived at our table and did not taste like it was freshly made. The fried calamari was ok not great. My daughter had chicken parmigiana she liked it. I had penne with puttanesca sauce it was not good. I ordered the tiramisu and it tasted like it had been in the refrigerator for 2 weeks and the cream tasted rancid. I had 3 bites and I could not eat any more of it. I was very disappointed.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on May 20, 2017

This was the third time we have dined here for lunch. Situated in Little Italy - the staff is courteous and attentive, the value is great and the food is always fantastic. We will definitely dine here again.

Tags: Good for a Date, Great for Lunch, Cozy, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic
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 (New York Area)·Dined on May 12, 2017

Good food. Prompt service. Staff was friendly. Martini was perfect... Was celebrating our anniversary we will def return!

Tags: Cozy, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries
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 (New York Area)·Dined on May 12, 2017

This old Italian restaurant (since 1908) in the original Little Italy delivers! Good variety on the menu, nice staff and really good food. You get a little bit of Italy here.

Tags: Special Occasion, Tasting Menu, Local Ingredients
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on April 30, 2017

Service was a little slow. One issue that bothered me I ordered off the fixed price menu, which included pasta. I ask for whole wheat pasta and was told it would be a $4 up charge. Really ? 100 I understand that restaurants do not like to substitute on the special menu, I would think that a whole wheat or gluten free option would be available at no additional charge.

Tags: Authentic, Casual
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 (New York Area)·Dined on April 21, 2017

Wait staff was attentive, food was good and moderately priced. I would go back

Tags: Good for a Date, Comfort Food, Good for Groups
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on April 14, 2017

Really just average. There are much better italian restaurants in NYC. I wouldn't go back. Not bad just overpriced for quality of food and overall experience.

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 (Tampa)·Dined on April 11, 2017

Great food and amazing service! Authentic and quality cuisine!

Tags: Good for Groups, Authentic
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on April 9, 2017

Sammy Sammy was a wonderful waiter. Food was delicious. Homemade pasta, mmmm. Enjoy!

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 (New York Area)·Dined on April 8, 2017

Tourist trap. Terrible food. Chicken Parmigiana was like cardboard! Restaurant was far better years ago. Never going back.

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on March 27, 2017

Best Italian food I've had in a long time! Service was great and so was the food

Tags: Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem, Happy Hour, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (Atlantic City)·Dined on March 15, 2017

All 6 of us were pleased with the appetizers and entre's we ordered. The home made gnocchi was outstanding. The portions were perfect, prices reasonable.

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 (Austin)·Dined on March 8, 2017

The waiters were attentive and great! Very friendly. The filets were HUGE but lacked flavor somewhat. House bread was DELICIOUS.

Tags: Kid-friendly, People Watching, Good for Groups, Casual, Late-night Find
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 (Houston)·Dined on March 6, 2017

Felt a little rushed but overall good

Tags: Quiet Conversation
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 (Western NC)·Dined on March 5, 2017

When in NY with friends I always try and eat at this restaurant, the food is great, the ambience is good and the menu reflects good Italian dishes. The entree are plentiful in size and alway cooked to your taste. A visit to this restaurant is a must while in NY.

Tags: Late-night Find, Local Ingredients, Business Meals, Creative Cuisine
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