What You'll Get
A spaghetti noodle, much like a swimming-pool noodle, maintains its shape until it's exposed to boiling water or sat on by children. Savor pasta's forced flexibility with today's Groupon to Grotto on Forsyth Street. Choose between the following options:
- For $45, you get a three-course dinner for two (up to a $94 total value). Click here for a list of what the dinner for two includes.
- For $75, you get a three-course dinner for four (up to a $188 total value). Click here to see what the dinner for four includes.
Grotto elegantly satiates patrons' appetites for upscale Italian cuisine inside an inviting space filled with the aroma of freshly prepared meals. Impress dates with ambidextrous eating skills while sharing antipasti plates such as the caprese di bufala crowned with creamy buffalo mozzarella or a cool beef carpaccio dressed with arugula and shallot dressing. Grotto's pasta courses tickle tummies with clams woven into a nest of cherry tomatoes and linguini noodles, pieces of smoked trout and mascarpone decorated with homemade ribbons of mafaldine, and four other tantalizing recipes. Diners can appease sweet teeth that spent the previous courses sulking in the inner ear with rich panna cotta, two scoops of Il Laboratorio del Gelato's seasonal flavors, or other select dessert items. Throughout the meal, palates can be cleansed with measured sips of the house wine or nervous gulps of water triggered by prolonged periods of eye contact.
An intimate dining room and secluded patio welcome diners seeking a romantic evening for two or relaxing night of conversation with Milli Vanilli. Candles illuminate rows of tables lining exposed brick walls parallel to a polished wooden bar and Grotto's own outdoor grotto surrounds guests with green plants and wooden lattices.
The Fine Print
Promotional value expires Oct 20, 2011. Amount paid never expires. Limit 1 per person. Limit 1 per table. Limit 1 per visit. Valid only for option purchased. Not valid for catering. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.
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.