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Grotta Azzurra Restaurant

177 Mulberry St, New York City, NY 10013-3741
+1 212-925-8775
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  • Excellent28%
  • Very good36%
  • Average19%
  • Poor6%
  • Terrible11%
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“pasta” (64 reviews)
“braciole” (10 reviews)
“potatoes” (14 reviews)
Open Now
08:30 - 23:00All hours
Italian, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
177 Mulberry St, New York City, NY 10013-3741
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

If you like mirelit pizza, it is your place! We had to send our NOT italian pizza back. 2 points for the chicken in Caesar's salad.

Thank Varsadi R
Reviewed 1 week ago

I have to say one thing about Grotta Azzurra, I have been coming here for years since I was a kid and the food and service have gone way down, even in the last few years. No one on staff is even Italian and everyone...More

Thank Justin W
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This isn't the most attractive restaurant when viewed from the street but in my experience it delivers what you need. It offers excellent happy hour discounts in the early evening. We also took breakfast here which was fine(see photos). Good value for money.

Thank RogerfromTown
Reviewed 1 week ago

When my brother visits from upstate we always try to take him into New York City. Since we have always loved the food here we have been back quite a few times with him and his wife. They offer a great deal on a two...More

Thank PrincessVahineMaui
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

One of the best meals I have eaten out, with excellent service, large portions and a very reasonable price! Would recommend going during happy hour (before 7pm I believe?). We had the pasta starter, carbonara and marinara, both of which were delicious and filling. Followed...More

Thank a b
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We arrived in Little Italy around lunch time and there are so many restaurants to choice from and we wanted Italian restaurant with Italian waiters.and stop.at the Grotta. We.ordred fried clamary and each had main course with seafood which was very tasty and we had...More

Thank Mark K
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We were expecting much better for a restaurant right at a prime corner in Little Italy. The margarita pizza is disappointing (I think it's a store bought crust), could have made a better one myself! Bruschetta and garlic bread were the usual. We were not...More

Thank Rose M
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We had pizzas here and those were way below average quality. Clearly not self made base. And they put automatic 20% tip top everyone (which is told in menu so not real surprise). Starters we took (garlic bread and bruchetta) were good, but pizzas were...More

Thank JaniOo
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We arrive early for dinner since we had later plans. It was the first restaurant going into Little Italy. While we did not walk the rest of the street until after we made an excellent choice. The shrimp and pasta had large shrimp perfectly cooked....More

Thank brn2trvl2
Reviewed 4 weeks 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

1  Thank agdebrouwer
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
US$15 - US$50
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, Takeout, Highchairs Available
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Kids, Child-friendly, Groups, Special Occasion Dining
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
  • 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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