Manhattan – East Harlem/El Barrio
455 E 114th St at Pleasant Ave
Manhattan, NY 10029
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. CEOs, actors, politicians, news personalities and neighborhood old-timers have a long-standing arrangement with legendary owner Frankie "No" Pellegrino, and that's what ensures a seat at one of the ten tables. Reading this review is probably the closest you"ll get to Rao"s, so check out Frank Jr.'s Baldoria instead.
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- Average main course: $20. Cash only