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Grotta Azzurra - 30 Reviews - 177 Mulberry St, New York, NY 10013-4797, New York, NY - Restaurants Reviews - Phone (212) 925-8775

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177 Mulberry St, New York, NY 10013-4797 (at Broom St.)
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We recently planned to take my husband to one of our favorite Little Italy restaurants to celebrate his birthday. To our surprise it was closed for renovations. Our path took us t...

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i've lived in the neighborhood for over 20 years and while i don't frequent italian restaurants often, the times i do have been quite disappointing.

Editorial review from Citysearch 10/24/2012

My husband and I went here wanting great food, what we received was ok food and terrible service I can understand if the place was busy but it wasnt they maybe had three couples in the restaurant. Our waiter took our order after waiting 15minutes a different waiter brought out our food and we never seen anyone after that we had to flag down a different waiter just for refills on our drinks. I guess the 20% that they tact on to your bill is the only way they would get tipps because the service was terrible. This was our first time eating in little italy and we would definitely not recommend this place. They should be ashamed more

Discriminated against..very sad in 2012 2/12/2012

I have never in my life been so infuriated and disgusted visiting a restaurant to eat. A few of my girlfriends and I made a reservation here to have Sunday Brunch. We arrived about 15 mins early, we're seated and introduced to our waiter. There were only about two or three other tables being occupied at the time. Immediately we got into conversation. Our waiter came and took our order and we went back into conversation. After about 20 minutes the place started to fill up, pretty quickly. It wasn't until they were seated and eating their bread that we realized we were never served bread. Every table was filled at this point and every table was served bread. We asked our waited and he then brought us out a large basket of bread. We were them absorbed into deep conversation again when I noticed that one of my friends was not saying a word, she just sat and observed what was going on around the restaurant. I looked around and realized that everyone who had come in after us were being served, eating and even some had all ready come and gone. We were all baffled and in disbelief of what was happening. We were literally the ONLY ones who were not eating. We confronted our waiter and he mumbled some sorry excuse that the kitchen is very busy and they have a big party in another section of the restaurant. That would be a wonderful explanation if people who had arrived way after us were it seated and eating. For goodness sakes, we ordered eggs and other simple breakfast foods. How long does it take to make that. As much as we didn't want to believe it was happening, it was crystal clear we were being discriminated against. I was so angry I was almost in tears. The waiter approached again, pitcher of Mimosa in hand. Apparently as some way of stalling us and he informed us that the cook said the food is coming. Are you serious? At this point we had lost our appetites and took whatever was left of our pride and exited the restaurant. We had our brunch at another Italian restaurant that treated us wonderfully. Our waiter was attentive and kind, she looked at us as ladies and did not treat us based on the color of our skin. It's disgusting that this happens in 2012, however it is a shocking reality. Pros: null Cons: null more

A MUST for DINNER! 6/24/2011

We recently planned to take my husband to one of our favorite Little Italy restaurants to celebrate his birthday. To our surprise it was closed for renovations. Our path took us to Grotta Azzurra. A little hesitant because we had never dined here before, the family entered the restaurant. We are thrilled that we ate here! It is now our favorite New York restaurant. From appetizers to dessert, from specialty drinks to cappuccino, it was fabulous!. The food is authentic Italian (as if my "Grandma D" was in the kitchen cooking it herself) cooked fresh and absolutely delicious!!!! I shared my enthusiasm about Grotta Azzurra to my New Jersey co-workers and we have made plans to visit the restaurant in the very near future. Grotta Azzurra is surely a taste of Italy! more

A restaurant that has only gotten better over time 3/27/2011

My father came to this country from Sicily in 1920. Years later, when he could afford eating out, he would return to Little Italy and try differenet restaurants and over time Grotta Azzurra became his favorite. Shortly before he died in 1973, my entire family (2 parents, 10 kids) went there and had a wonderful meal in the below ground dining room, the only one at the time. more

Like grandma's 1/28/2011

Got to stop by!!!! more

Absolutely love this place!!! 1/24/2011

I absolutely love this place!! 9.95$ for TWO courses(pasta and main) in the CITY??? You gotta be kidding me.Food is absolutely great,service is fast,they have special 'ladies'nite" on Thursdays.Great place to come for a date or with a group of friends for a drink.Go-go-go Grotta!!!! more

Outstanding fine restaurant 1/10/2011

We sauntered upon this restaurant, not knowing much about it. We were graciously greeted at the door by an outside doorman, who escorted us to our seats and even helped us with our chairs. The waiter, service AND food were exceptional. We had salmon ($16) and Talapia ($21), spinach salad ($12) plus some drinks (at $7 each). The food was very tasty, freshly prepared, and enough to cause us to take some home. The service was professional, very courteous and welcoming. The outside temperature was very cold, but the inside was very comfortable. The decor was fairly new, but done approximately 8 years ago in the typical style of the turn of the 20th century, which was very appropriate. Floors and walls were tile; ceiling was of the 'tin" vintage and the tableware was properly set. We felt that the value was exceptional and we will certainly be seen at Grotta Azzurra many times again in the future. It might be convenient to take public transportation to the venue rather than to drive there. The "N" train stops just 2 short blocks away. more

Best food in little Italy 1/7/2011

What an amazing find! The perfect restaurant in little italy. The food here is authentic and I will be coming back. The waiters are very nice and attentive and I had a fantastic time. I would recommend this to everyone! more

Mmm Italian! 11/24/2010

Best chicken parm! Came from NC to get some real Italian food! Great service and very affordable...highly recommended for a great date night! more

Food for the right price! 11/24/2010

Excellent food and excellent atmosphere! The servings are very filling and food is of superb quality. The service is great and you rarely wait a long time for your food. Definitely come for the lunch specials! They are worth every penny! more

Deeeelishhhh!!!!! 11/23/2010

Food was great! Good location and friendly people. Good portion size (you won't leave hungry!) every thing was delish!!! more

Little Italy's finest 7/24/2010

Gorgeous Man summoned my friend from California, her two daughters, myself and my daughter into this delightful restaurant. Our waiter was very friendly and helped us out with entree selections. Kids can be picky eaters! Our dinners were excellent and we had an extremely enjoyable, relaxing experience for which we can't wait to return. I want to bring my Italian Mother -in-law and my husband to sample one of Little Italy's finest establishments! Pros: great atmosphere, gorgeous waiters, winning restaurant Cons: can't think of any more

Best food in little Italy 7/24/2010

Food is fresh & great. Drinks are strong. Place feels like home. A must visit! Pros: Drinks Cons: none more

best NY restuarant 7/21/2010

My family and I were visiting the NY area and were unsure where to eat. We knew we wanted to eat in Little Italy so we looked around, Grotta Azzura really caught our eye with the old fashioned building and great atmosphere. The food was delish! My children really enjoyed it and the portions are large! Pros: bread,homamade past, great tasting sauce! Cons: a little slow a on servie, but not to bad more

Nice Atmosphere, Spotty Food Quality 1/22/2010

I had friends come in from Los Angeles to visit New York City for the first time. Part of their adventure here with their 3 children included Chinatown and Little Italy for the sights, sounds, smells and tastes that each section has to offer. Pros: Atmosphere Cons: Hit or miss on the Food more

food and price okay, but keep on walking 7/5/2009

i've lived in the neighborhood for over 20 years and while i don't frequent italian restaurants often, the times i do have been quite disappointing. more

A romantic Italian restuarant 3/13/2009

Times are tough, especially in the restaurant business. Saturday night in Little Italy and there were many empty tables. Grotta Azzurra was doing only slightly better than some other restaurants on Mulberry Street. And the reason is SERVICE. Pros: Good Food & Service Cons: sometimes crowded more

A romantic italian restaurant 3/1/2009

Grotta Azzurra Times are tough, especially in the restaurant business. Saturday night in Little Italy and... more

A romantic italian restaurant 3/1/2009

dshapusa Provided by Partner
Grotta Azzurra Times are tough, especially in the restaurant business. Saturday night in Little Italy and there were many empty tables. Grotta ... more

If you want good food, this is the place to go! 11/14/2008

I love Grotta Azzurra!! I had my birthday party there last year and have been going back for more ever since. The food is absolutely amazing. If you want good Italian food this is the place to go. The waiters are always very nice and attentive. The inside of the resturant is really big, very cozy and romantic. Pros: Everything Cons: Have not found one yet more
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Grotta Azzura is an old fashioned Italian joint that serves up classic dishes in a setting worthy of "Old Blue Eyes."

Owner Message

  • They say Rome wasn't built in a day, and the same can be said for Little Italy, one of New York City's most quaint, romantic, and historic neighborhoods where legends like Robert Deniro and Frank Sinatra spent most of their famous youth.

    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 reborn by a descendant renaissance for dining in Little Italy, with multi-tallented chef Frank Castellana recreating the finest in Italian Cuisine.

Editorial

  • Grotta Azzura is an old fashioned Italian joint that serves up classic dishes in a setting worthy of "Old Blue Eyes."

  • 11/6/2007 Provided by Citysearch

Additional information

  • Hours:

    Sun-Thu 8:30am-11pm, Fri-Sat 8:30am-12am
  • Payments:

    Discover, American Express, Visa, Diner's Club, Master Card, Cash
  • Neighborhoods:

    Little Italy, Downtown, NoLita
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