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Recipes from the Grotta Azura (Manhattan)

Chich214 - direct from the book. Mangia Bella!


Pasta e Fagioli

- 1 lb. white kidney beans (soaked in water overnight)
- 2 stalks celery, copped
- 2 cloves garlic, chopped
- 6 Tbsp. olive oil
- 1 cup tomatoes
- 3 slices prosciutto
- salt, pepper, and basil to taste
- 3 qts. water
- 1/2 lb. ditalini (pasta)

Cook beans in 3 qts. of water until it comes to a boil. Lower flame. In a skillet, brown the garlic and add prosciutto. Let simmer for a few minutes. Next, add tomatoes and celery and let simmer again for a few minutes. Then add salt, pepper and basil to taste. Add mixture to beans and let cook for 1 1/2 hours or until the beans are tender. Just before beans are finished cooking, cook pasta in 3 qts. of boiling salted water about 10 minutes. Drain, and add to beans. Mix well and serve.

Serves 4

Jan 22, 2014
Balderayne in Home Cooking

Azucar - Jersey City, NJ

I had started going to Azucar when it was in Edgewater, NJ. Oh, and before you couldn't enjoy a fine cigar with your meal. It was bring your own bottle and feel free to have a cigar.

All of that aside, my reason for posting here today is that I am living much farther away and going in to withdrawal for their Yuca Frita Cubana. They refer to them as "Golden cassava fries served with our
famous culantro dip". All I know is they are amazing and something you can really get addicted to.

Now, on to my reason... does anyone have a recipe for these delicious pieces of cuban crack?! lol I have tried a few ideas but each seems to fall short of the real deal.

What I don't think their description really points out is that I believe the dip is a yougurt/sour cream-based garlic/cilantro mixture. Not entirely unlike a tzsaziki.

Thanks everyone.

Oh, if you have never been to Azucar - It's a recommended stop in Jersey City.

Azucar Cuban Cuisine & Cigars
495 Washington Blvd.
Jersey City, NJ 07310
Phone# (201) 222-0090

Hours of Operation
Tuesdays - Thursdays 11:30 AM - 10:00 PM
Fridays: 11:30 AM - 1:00 AM
Saturdays: 3:00 PM - 1:00AM
Sundays: 3:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Mondays: Closed

May 05, 2012
Balderayne in New Jersey

Grilled Peanut Butter and Jelly Sandwich

Mmmmm.... THAT sounds dangerously tastey. Now dip that sucker in some pancake batter and deep fry it, sprinkle some confectioners sugar and that might make it truly dangerous.

Sep 03, 2011
Balderayne in Recipes

Recipes from the Grotta Azura (Manhattan)

Bless you! You have no idea what this means to me - especially as my wife is after me for a nice veal dish for dinner. Thank you again!

Feb 24, 2011
Balderayne in Home Cooking

Recipes from the Grotta Azura (Manhattan)

Would you by any chance have the cookbook that I believe is titled, "The Recipes of the Grotta Azzurra" from about 1977? That book was amongst some of the items lost over the years and through several moves. The recipe I am going crazy trying to remember, while very simple, is the one for Veal or Chicken Picante - I think that was the spelling (it had lemon in it and served with the thinly sliced lemon over the top). If you have this and can re-type it for me I would be most appreciative.

Grotta Azzurra
177 Mulberry Street, New York, NY 10013

Feb 23, 2011
Balderayne in Home Cooking

Italian Rest Grotta Azura/Blue Grotta on Broome & Mulberry?

I don't know if you are still on here or will get this but I used to have this book. Saddly, I believe I lost it when my ex and I separated. There was a recipe for , I believe, Chicken Picante, in that book - unless I am losing my mind completely. It was chicken with lemon, etc. Would you be able to send me that recipe here on ChowHound or by email?
Thanks so much,

Feb 23, 2011
Balderayne in Manhattan

I'm Dyin' Up Here!!! (Need NYC quality chinese in Carmel/Brewster/Holmes area)

Honestly... best I have had in the area without having to go to three-four restauants for a complete meal that tastes good... two places:

Toro in Carmel on Route 6 across from Lake Gleneida (and they are especially nice there);

Andif you want small shop, eta in-take out, there's China Star next to McDonald's on Route 22 in Brewster.

Holy Smoke BBQ, Mahopac, NY

I suppose there is always the one REALLY BAD night at a place, buit I have to be honest, for every meal at out table to have been so tasteless, I was blown away.

I agree, what a beer selection, and honestly, I might pop in just for the Delerium Tremens and a few others along with a basket of Sweet Potato fires, but I would be hard pressed to want to try the BBQ again. Once bitten, twice shy. Again... try Q in Port Chester if you are ever down that way... you'll see wat I mean.

Holy Smoke BBQ, Mahopac, NY

I certainly will. Thanks for the suggestion.

We just got a Cheeburger Cheeburger...

We HAD a Cheeburger Cheeburger at the Palisades Mall in Nyack, NY but it suddenly disappeared. I LOVED that place. I had heard so much about them from friends in and around Philly that I was dying to try one. Well, lo and behold, one opened in the Palisades mall and we all went nuts for the place. But now, we went there with friends and they were gone. I was and am so upset. They were wonderful. Food, shakes of all kinds, beers - my God they were wonderful.

Anyone know what happened or if they moved?!

If you have one ANYWHERE near you - Go! You'll love it.

Jul 10, 2008
Balderayne in Chains

Holy Smoke BBQ, Mahopac, NY

Well... since we strive for honesty hereI hope you will all understand that my intention is not to slam Holy Smoke, but honestly, worst I've had in a VERY long time.

The fried catfish had so much cornbread batter that it was hard to find the fish. The oil used was probably old as the breading was hard and very dark, not golden brown, when delivered.

The garlic mashed potatoes may have indeed been potatoe, bt they weren't even properly mashed - there was a good 1/4 potato left on one of our plates. As for flavor - WHERE?! They tasted like cardboard. We dumped on so much salt and still couldn't make them palatable.

The brisket barely tasted smoked and was dry - flavor was, again, questionable. Thank GOD for the sauces on the table although they were not the tastiest I have ever had. Store bought sauces had more flavor in our opinions.

The pulled pork also required added sauces to make edible.

The chicken - well, I think you see the trend from above.

The cornbread might as well have been purchased from a grocery store with a mediocre bakery - it was ok but not great.

I had the beer sampler - truthfully - the beers were warmer than they should have been. None were of a variety that should have been close to room temperature but were served not far from that temp.

As for the ambiance of the place - LOUD! With more than four tables filled with patrons, not only could I not make out the music that was played loud enough, but I couldn't hear the others at my table. Not the kind of place I would go to to enjoy good food OR good conversation.

We opted out of coffee or dessert - honestly, I was affraid after the track record of the rest of the night.

I know many have slammed Southbound in Valhalla, but if you liked Holy Smoke and NOT Southbound - you do not know BBQ. However, my current favorite without question in "Q" in Port Chester. I could not find a single complain, even when VERY busy. And for a cool dessert - Palateria Fernandez - is across the street and towards town. Both were suggested here in another post and I cannot thank thos e folks enough for the recommendation. Even the kids have been begging to go back to both. nd Port Chester is NOT close to where we live.

Sorry if this hurts anyone's feelings or insults anyone, but man I wanted my money back and several anti-acids. 1 star from us - TOPS - and that is being generous.

Buying a gift certificate for SF restaurant from Boston, help???

I was always partial to The Fog City Diner. If they are still around and any good... I would highly suggest it. Usually needed reservations a week or so in advance it that tells you anything.

McKinney & Doyle in Pawling -- Is it slipping?

Hey all!

Went today for brunch... 1st timers. Had many suggestions to go there. I have to say... we LOVED it... and the service was fantastic. Got there late in the day and everything was still quite delicious. My daughter wanted to know if we could come every morning for breakfast.

- She had Bananas Foster's French Toast (fresh fruit on side was delicious) with warm maple syrup on the side - WONDERFUL!

- I had Jerry Aron's Favorite Soup (scallop & shrimp in a sauterne-leek cream) - bought some to bring to a friend's house for them to try (delicious, fresh rolls were included with the take home - Unexpected and well appreciated)! - Astounding! The friends are now ready to go for a visit.

- I also had the Birch Hill Omelet (chopped ripe tomato, honey baked ham and smoked gruyere cheese and some delicious home-made toasted bread with the provided strawberry preserves) - Very enjoyable.

We even left with Banana Bread, Belgian Chocolate Cake and Bread Pudding for later. All were enjoyed. One of my friends (who tasted the cakes and soup) is from Hungary and the daughter of a baker and pastry chef... she gave the desserts high marks.

We are planning to go again within the next week or two with more folks in tow. Unless you hear otherwise from me... I would expect that all will be at least equally as good next time. Let your concerns be calmed... hopefully it was a classic case of the "One Bad Night" syndrom. Sorry for the long post... but I hope it puts your mind to rest for a return visit.