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Grotta Azzurra Restaurant

) #1,431 of 9,272 Restaurants in New York City $$ - $$$ Italian, ,
177 Mulberry St, New York City, NY 10013-3741
+1 212-925-8775
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  • Very good35%
  • Average19%
  • Poor6%
  • Terrible11%
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Italian, Bar, Wine Bar, Vegetarian Friendly
$$ - $$$
177 Mulberry St, New York City, NY 10013-3741
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Reviewed 3 days ago

As we stayed very near little Italy and as we often go to Italy, we were tempted to try the Italian cuisine in little Italy. We went to Grotta Azzura. Nobody spoke Italian, the waiter of Asian origine spoke something that resembled English and wasn't...More

Thank agdebrouwer
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

An authentic italian-american quartier, with a lot of noise, with a lot of italian flavours. We took dinner in this restaurant. Nothing amaising, but with good taste. Quatro formaggi raviolli is very good. Good wine selection, good services, acceptable prices. And italian atmosphere!

Thank gabriel Liviu i
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We were doing a bus tour of the downtown area, and decided it would be fun to eat lunch in Little Italy. We did not want anything too pricey, or with a menu that we did not care for. Grotta Azzurra had the right amount...More

Thank karenoK5455SQ
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We came here right before the lunch hour was over at 3:45. They had a 2 course lunch special for $9.95-16.95. They gave so much, we couldn't finish our food. The spaghetti was very light in flavor and eggplant and Chicken Parmigiana was great. Both...More

Thank timteresa0
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Great food, nice location, i always return when in town. This visit was nice to dine outdoors and enjoy.

Thank Kurt K
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

The service at Grotta was poor. My mother and I sat for over 15 minutes without even a glass of water. If we weren't so tired from walking we would have left! Prices were expensive for both quality and quantity of food. Eat somewhere else!

Thank rachelapatch
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Had a great outside table on the corner and enjoyed the food, great weather and people watching! It felt like we were in a movie with the best view of all the street activity. We were there on a Tuesday evening so the crowds were...More

Thank Neil T
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Had a wonderful experience in Little Italy. Gotta Azzurra sits on a corner which has a wonderful outdoor patio to sit and take in all the sights. Outstanding menu of authentic dishes and extensive wine list at reasonable prices.

Thank AimeeB8
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

The food here was amazing! Great service too. I had the bolognese, which was spectacular. Real Italian food too. It wasn't just a knock-off restaurant, there food was real and pure. Overall, it was a great experience.

Thank bumblebee_popcorn
Reviewed June 18, 2017

Authentic food. Good wine selection at reasonable prices. They offer a price fix menu for lunch and dinner. Service was good but not very engaging. A nice outside area for and large open doors throughout give an airy feel even when dining inside. Food was...More

Thank denali13
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
$15 - $50
Italian, Bar, Wine Bar, Vegetarian Friendly
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, Highchairs Available
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Special occasions, Kids, Families with children, Large groups
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
  • Neighborhood: 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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