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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/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Cocktails, Delivery, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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

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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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Overall Rating

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food

4.4

service

4.4

ambience

4.3

value

4.3

Noise

Moderate

89% would recommend it to a friend

Authentic (7)
Good for Birthdays (6)
Good for a Date (6)
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Good for Groups (6)
Cozy (6)
Great for Lunch (5)
Neighborhood Gem (5)
Good for Anniversaries (5)
Casual (4)
Comfort Food (4)
Notable Wine List (4)
Romantic (4)
Special Occasion (4)
Sunday Lunch (4)
Business Meals (4)
Kid-friendly (3)
Fit for Foodies (3)
Fun (3)
Pre/post Theatre (3)
Bar Seating (2)
Worth the Drive (2)
Tasting Menu (2)
Creative Cuisine (1)
Gluten Free Options (1)
Handcrafted Cocktails (1)
Hot Spot (1)
Vibrant Bar Scene (1)
Local Ingredients (1)
Organic (1)
Great for Outdoor Dining (1)
People Watching (1)
Quiet Conversation (1)
Seasonal (1)
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·Dined on February 9, 2018

Food was below average. Went here for restaurant week. Had the cheese tortellini as an appetizer, chicken for entree and cannoli for dessert. Wouldn’t recommend any of these dishes. Service however was good - friendly and prompt.

Tags: Cozy
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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 9, 2018

We started with stuffed mushrooms $12. They came covered in a marinara sauce. While they were good I think the marinara sauce covered the taste of the mushrooms and would not order again. The wife had Penne Alla Vodka $16. Yummy! I had Egglpant Parmagiana $16. Yummy. Bread and butter and olive oil also were provided. Beers were $7. The main disappointment was that they automatically added 20% gratuity. I thought the gratuity was up to the customer?

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 (New Orleans)·Dined on February 7, 2018

Atmosphere and music were killer. Perfect for Little Italy. Menu was great with lots of solid selections. The chicken marsala was a "10." The Caesar salad I would skip--lots of white lettuce parts and a bland dressing. Pizza looked like it was on pre-made crusts, which was disappointing, but it was quite good. Little Italy is pretty touristy these as far as food goes, this is the best of the bunch. BIG drinks, and good wine prices. I would go back.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Comfort Food, Kid-friendly, Sunday Lunch, Good for a Date
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·Dined on February 4, 2018

Would go back. Meatballs tasted like cloves. That was strange. Everything else was great! I asked for a small chocolate cake for two for birthday celebration. It was perfect!!

Tags: Authentic, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Local Ingredients
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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 28, 2018

Excellent food and service! They brought out everything I asked for promptly. Very cozy, and very authentic Italian!

Tags: Great for Lunch, Cozy, Good for Anniversaries, Casual, Good for Birthdays, Sunday Lunch, Good for Groups
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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 25, 2018

Came here for Restaurant Week and it was delightful. Arrived early so we went to the bar first and had a delicious brew from a brewery in Illinois, then were sat in the dinning room for our reservation. Our server was very attentive, the variety of foods on the menu were great (LOVED the pumpkin ravioli), and the location is cute and convenient. Overall a great spot for a night out.

Tags: Comfort Food, Tasting Menu, Fun, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Groups, Good for Birthdays, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies, Worth the Drive, Good for Anniversaries
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on January 15, 2018

Some of the food was very good (stuffed mushrooms and minestrone soup) but the salad was soaked in vinegar and the vegetable pasta we ordered was just mediocre and very garlicky. Unfortunately I don’t think I’ll be returning.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 13, 2018

They took us right in and sat us at a great table for 6. The service was fast and the wait staff were very attentive. The was large portions and tasted awesome! They brought our orders out in a timely fashion and cleared the table just as quickly. We never got the feeling of being rushed and enjoyed our time as a family get together.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Comfort Food, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Good for Groups, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic
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 (Atlantic City)·Dined on January 12, 2018

Great food, all three of us enjoyed our apps/main course and dessert. Price was reasonable also.

Tags: Romantic, Cozy, Vibrant Bar Scene, Kid-friendly, Great for Outdoor Dining
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on December 26, 2017

Thoroughly enjoyed Grotta Azzurra. We arrived significantly early for our reservation and humbly asked if the restaurant could accommodate us, and they happily did so. Our group of 7 shared 3 full size pasta dishes for starters - the gnocchi, penne with vodka sauce, and ravioli, and enjoyed each one. Mains were standard fare for an Italian restaurant, but the Pork Braciole was particularly good - if anything, my only criticism was that the portion size was too large - made a good dish unnecessarily heavy. Service was very good, and the restaurant has a great atmosphere.

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 (Toronto)·Dined on December 24, 2017

Christmas Eve in New York would not be complete without a visit to The Grotto. Good food, great service, complimentary wine... They even made it snow!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Authentic
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 (Richmond)·Dined on December 20, 2017

Delicious! Daily lunch specials for $9.99 and $16.95. We definitely recommend!!

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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 6, 2017

Very nice experience. Great service.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 19, 2017

Love this place- the pesto gnocchi- amazing! I won’t go anywhere else for gnocchi

Tags: Business Meals, Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem, Sunday Lunch, Pre/post Theatre, Comfort Food, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Authentic, Great for Lunch, Bar Seating, Cozy
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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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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 11, 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 11, 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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vip
 (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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 (New York Area)·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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 (New York Area)·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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 (New York Area)·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 25, 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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vip
 (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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vip
 (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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vip
 (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 24, 2017

Excellent dining experience

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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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