Grotto

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Italian-inspired osteria's chefs craft charbroiled steaks & seared ahi tuna inside elegant dining rooms or romantic garden

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Promotional value expires Jan 28, 2012. Amount paid never expires. Limit 1 per person, may buy 2 additional as gifts. Limit 1 per table. Valid only for option purchased. Dine-in only. Not valid on holidays. Not valid for fromaggio desert option. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.

A multicourse meal lets diners enjoy a variety of culinary delights without the stress of pulling puréed steak gristle and cheesecake through a crazy straw. Savor an elegantly separated feast with today’s Groupon to Grotto in the East Village. Choose between the following options:

  • For $34, you get an Italian dinner for two (up to an $80 value). The dinner includes:
  • One antipasti or insalata (up to a $22 value)
  • Two entrees (up to a $29 value each)<p>

  • For $49, you get a deluxe Italian dinner for two (up to a $115 value). The deluxe dinner includes:
  • One antipasti or insalata (up to a $22 value)
  • One pasta (up to a $19 value)
  • Two entrees (up to a $29 value each)
  • Two desserts (up to an $8 value each)<p>

Grotto slips diners into a southern Italian-inspired osteria, where a duo of unique subterranean dining rooms and a romantic garden patio await. While enjoying the beef carpaccio off the antipasti menu or the trevisana from the insalata list, couples may sit beneath a porthole window that washes a satiny glow over the navy wainscoting, wrapping the room with the ambiance of a turn-of-the-century steamliner. The luxurious pasta menu boasts succulent options such as homemade ravioli stuffed with ricotta and a decoder-ring prize. Delectable entrees, including a New York–style strip with grape-tomato chutney and a milanese pork cutlet, draw diners’ attention away from the rustic shelves that carve nooks into the brick dining alcoves.

In the open air of the garden, candlelight casts shadows across cushions and pillows upon which dining duos lounge while enjoying multicourse meals and extended discussions about Tim Allen’s career arc. Those savoring a deluxe degustation can linger longer with an indulgent dessert, such as the creamy gelato by il laboratorio del gelato.

Grotto

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.

Customer Reviews

Thank you so much for an amazing night full of delicious food and amazing service.... See you soon!!! Already recommended you to all of my friends.
Julio U. · February 12, 2012
Keep up the good service and food!
Olivia M. · January 17, 2013
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    Bowery

    100 Forsyth St.

    Manhattan, New York 10002

    212-625-3444

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