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Grotta Azzurra, New York, NY

Grotta Azzurra

3.8
3.8
546 Reviews
$30 and under
Italian
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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Additional information

  • 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.

  • Phone number

    (212) 925-8775

  • Payment options

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

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Catering

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

  • Private party facilities

    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.

  • Private party contact

    Grotta Azzurra's Management: (844) 861-1291

  • Neighborhood

    Little Italy

  • Cross street

    Broome Street

  • 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 Options, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 546 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

3.8
3.8 based on all time ratings
  • 3.8Food
  • 3.8Service
  • 3.7Ambience
  • 4Value

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  1. T

    Tampainvestigator

    Tampa

    14 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on May 29, 2018

    overall4food5service5ambience5
    Little Italy classic spot. Wonderful food and great ambience. Homemade pasta has been the specialty here for over 100 years. A real treat.
  2. d

    drew

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 19, 2018

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    The Lobster Fra Diavelo was out of this world!!!!!!!!!!
  3. S

    Sharon24

    Philadelphia

    57 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    57 reviews

    Dined on May 19, 2018

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    My favorite restaurant in little Italy. Service excellent and food delicious
  4. KG

    KellyG

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 21, 2018

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We were in town for a school theater trip. The food was great and reasonably priced. Nice local meal :)
  5. S

    Sharon24

    Philadelphia

    57 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    57 reviews

    Dined on April 14, 2018

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Everytime we visit New York city we go to Little Italy and eat at Grotto Azzura, fantastic food and waiter very attentive.
  6. MV

    MaryV

    Baltimore

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on April 8, 2018

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Birthday celebration
  7. BB

    BarbaraB

    New York Area

    22 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on March 18, 2018

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The wait staff was very attentive. The food was good and we were seated right on time. What more could you ask for ? I would go back again and again.
  8. RK

    RyanK

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 24, 2018

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was delicious! We had eggplant parmesan which was so light and melted in your mouth. We also tried the pizzas which were out of this world! Small eating area but cozy! Would recommend to everyone!
  9. VG

    VicG

    Houston

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on February 24, 2018

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    My boyfriend and I were celebrating Valentines Day a week late bc we work so much. When we arrived we were sat in a cozy corner that was lit by candlelight. Unfortunately, a large group was sat before us in the middle of the dining room who were extremely loud, crude and drunk. I mentioned this to the matradee and our date night was moved in another quiet room. The food & wine were outstanding and the service was attentive and kind. Our server even took me & my boyfriend downstairs to see where Frank Sinatra and other celebs have been served in the past. Overall, our experience was lovely. I highly recommend Grotta Azzura. I will definitely be back!! ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
  10. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Pittsburgh

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 16, 2018

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    Terrible! we didn't even eat here because even though we had a confirmed 10 pm reservation, their website said they closed at 11 and we arrived at 950, we were rudely told they were closed.
  11. AB

    AnneB

    New York Area

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 9, 2018

    overall3food2service4ambience3
    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.
  12. JP

    JeffP

    Poconos

    19 reviews

    3.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on February 8, 2018

    overall3food5service4ambience5
    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?
  13. BH

    BrianH

    New Orleans

    6 reviews

    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on February 7, 2018

    overall4food3service3ambience5
    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.
  14. B

    Birtday

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 3, 2018

    overall5food4service4ambience5
    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!!
  15. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 28, 2018

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent food and service! They brought out everything I asked for promptly. Very cozy, and very authentic Italian!
  16. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 25, 2018

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    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.
  17. A

    Ashley

    New York Area

    19 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on January 15, 2018

    overall3food3service5ambience4
    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.
  18. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 13, 2018

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    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.
  19. EM

    EdwardM

    Atlantic City

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 12, 2018

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food, all three of us enjoyed our apps/main course and dessert. Price was reasonable also.
  20. C

    Christopher1

    Savannah

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on December 27, 2017

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This was everything we expected. Old world Italian but upscale. They take you downstairs to a cave that has been transformed into an amazing cool dining area. The food was top notch.
  21. OT

    OldTownItalian

    New England

    25 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    25 reviews

    Dined on December 26, 2017

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    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.
  22. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Toronto

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 24, 2017

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    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!
  23. u

    unccalum

    Richmond

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on December 20, 2017

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious! Daily lunch specials for $9.99 and $16.95. We definitely recommend!!
  24. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 6, 2017

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Very nice experience. Great service.
  25. E

    Eater

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 19, 2017

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Love this place- the pesto gnocchi- amazing! I won’t go anywhere else for gnocchi
  26. RA

    RobinA

    Des Moines

    13 reviews

    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on November 12, 2017

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Superb food - if you've never had homemade pasta before, it's remarkable! Great atmosphere and kind, knowledgeable service! You can't miss here!!
  27. L

    Lilkim

    New York Area

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 11, 2017

    overall4food4service3ambience3
    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.
  28. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 11, 2017

    overall2food2service3ambience3
    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.
  29. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    18 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on October 21, 2017

    overall1food2service1ambience1
    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.
  30. a

    andreasi

    New York Area

    104 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    104 reviews

    Dined on October 15, 2017

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    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.
  31. KP

    KPNY

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 7, 2017

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A Little Italy classic! The portions were generous and the food was delicious as ever! Also, very attentive waiters! Bravo!
  32. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 7, 2017

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was good and good service also , the ambiance of a resto de quartier :)
  33. NY

    NewYork2017

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 29, 2017

    overall5food4service4ambience5
    Amazing History in this restaurant. Loved the old photos downstairs
  34. d

    dineoutnyc

    New York Area

    185 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    185 reviews

    Dined on September 24, 2017

    overall4food4service3ambience4
    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.
  35. M

    Michael

    New York Area

    90 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    90 reviews

    Dined on September 17, 2017

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    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!
  36. KL

    KeithL

    New York Area

    23 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on September 16, 2017

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Place was busy but i had a reservation so they took me right away. Tasted like homemade food. Nice evening.
  37. b

    bobbied

    New York Area

    6 reviews

    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on August 25, 2017

    overall4food4service4ambience3
    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.
  38. d

    ddenner

    St. Louis

    28 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    28 reviews

    Dined on August 2, 2017

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    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.
  39. KB

    KarenBBB

    Fort Lauderdale

    107 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    107 reviews

    Dined on July 30, 2017

    overall3food3service5ambience4
    Great outdoor dining in Little Italy. Loved the gnocchi Bolognese (very light) and live the idea that they make their own pasta.
  40. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on July 23, 2017

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    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!

FAQs

Grotta Azzurra offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (212) 925-8775.

Grotta Azzurra is rated 3.8 stars by 546 OpenTable diners.

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Additional information

  • Cross street

    Broome Street

  • Neighborhood

    Little Italy

  • 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.

  • Cuisines

    Italian

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • 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.

  • Payment options

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

  • Additional

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

  • Phone number

    (212) 925-8775

  • Catering

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

  • Private party facilities

    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.

  • Private party contact

    Grotta Azzurra's Management: (844) 861-1291

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