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)<p>
$75 for a three-course Italian meal with wine for four (up to a $188 total value)<p>
- 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)<p>
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.<p>
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
80% of 50 customers
“Foods are awesome however the only con is that we waited over an hour for our antipasti to be served after ordered”
“Keep up the good service and food!”
Lower East Side
100 Forsyth St.
New York, New York 10002