If you thought getting a table at Per Se was tough, try getting into Rao’s. On second thought, don’t. Rao’s (pronounced “RAY-ohs”) is really a private club without the dues. To eat here, you’ll need a personal invite from one of the heavy hitters who “owns” a table. These CEOs, actors, politicians, news personalities and neighborhood old-timers established a long-standing arrangement with the late, legendary owner Frankie “No” Pellegrino, and that's what ensures a seat at one of the ten tables at the Italian-American icon. In fact, reading this review is probably the closest you’ll get to Rao’s.
455 E 114th St
|Cross street:||between Pleasant and 1st Aves|
|Opening hours:||Mon–Fri, dinner by reservation only|
|Transport:||Subway: 6 to 116th St|
|Price:||Average main course: $40. Cash only|
|Do you own this business?|