When making pasta, the best Italian chefs understand there is only a small window of time between al dente and mashed potatoes. Reap the benefits of expert cooking with this Groupon.
Choose Between Two Options
$29 for three-course Italian meal for two (up to a $66 total value)
- One antipasto (up to a $14 value)
- Two pasta entrees (up to a $19 value each)
- One dessert (up to a $14 value)
$75 for a three-course Italian meal with wine for four (up to a $188 total value)
- Four antipasti (up to a $14 value each)
- Four pasta entrees (up to a $19 value each)
- Four glasses of house wine (up to a $7 value each)
- Two desserts (up to a $14 value each)
Grotto’s menus of authentic Italian dishes include appetizers such as caprese di bufala, buffalo mozzarella paired with tomatoes and a basil pesto; pasta main courses such as the rigatoni al ragu with prime short ribs and the ravioli al limone; and a dessert list that includes an after-dinner cheese plate and numerous flavors of fruity panna cotta.
Like Alice’s rabbit-hole, Jack’s beanstalk, or Huck Finn’s time-travelling river-raft, Grotto is an easy-to-miss gateway to a magical, otherworldly realm. A low-lying neon sign and a short descending staircase are all that mark the cozy eatery from the outside. But inside, a wonderland of refined continental furnishings unfolds in three distinct regions. A bar and intimate, candlelit leather-booth seating face each other between exposed brick walls immediately past the entryway, and in another section, navy wainscoting with porthole-shaped flourishes recall the dining hall on a turn-of-the-century cruise. On the patio out back, vines, fronds, and ferns clamber over a playground of trestles, offering a distinctly Mediterranean ambiance. In the words of Time Out New York, this “hidden subterranean spot” is “worth seeking out,” and the menu, “much like everything else about this place, provides a bounty of unexpected gifts.”
Originally from Munich, proprietor David Wiesner developed a love for Mediterranean culture and cuisine over the course of many summers in southern Italy. Along with co-owner (and German television host) Steven Gätjen, he updates the inspired menu on a regular basis. Offerings have included fragrant buffalo mozzarella, organic Cornish hen in a spicy balsamic reduction, and pumpkin ravioli. Additionally, the use of the finest ingredients paired with an immaculate sense of presentation and a romantic setting make Grotto an excellent choice for a first date.
The ambiance of the restaurant is killer. Dark, simple, candlelit. I loved it.Courtney M., Yelp, 10/4/11
The best carbonara I've ever had. Seriously amazing.Saisai M., Yelp, 11/21/12
Lower East Side
100 Forsyth St.
New York, New York 10002