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Rao's Restaurant

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(6 Reviews)

455 E 114th St, New York, NY 10029

(212) 722-6709

Today: 10:00 am - 10:00 pm
Tomorrow: 10:00 am - 10:00 pm
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TollFree: (877) 346-4642

Payment method
cash, no credit cards
Price Range
Upper Manhattan, East Harlem


American Restaurants, Italian Restaurants, Pizza, Bar & Grills, Family Style Restaurants, Restaurants
Other Information

Parking: Street

Wi-Fi: No

Bike Parking: No

Attire: Dressy

Cuisines: Family Style, American, Italian, European, Continental, Bar & Grills, Pizza

Alcohol: Full Bar

Takes Reservations: Yes

Outdoor Seating: No

Good For Groups: Yes


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Provided by Citysearch - 
Not worth the hassle

Not worth the trouble for getting a reservation. Pure hype. Went with some friends who have a secured a table and noticed that the pasta they use was De Cecco - which can be bought in the store. Plus if you go with friends or family is almost impossible to have a conversation without other people listening what you are saying. Frank Pellegrino was nice and tried to be a great host but doesn't go further than that. I also found very annoying apeople looking from the bar to our table. Definitely not a place that a public figure would like to go. One of the person at our table was within that category and he didn't enjoy the experience. I guess what keep the business going is the reduced number of tables they have available. Very unlikely will be able to fill a bigger space and keep customers coming.



Provided by Citysearch - 
Nick the Vest is Best!

Wineturtle worked with Nick in the old Daleys Rest by Bloomies 30 some years ago and he was the best barman around in those days,an half step slower now but still sitting at his bar is magic ,watching a master mixer run this old time bar is still a treat and the staff he has trained....well they would shine anywhere else but next to Nick every one takes a back seat(alas even Wineturtle). Some say Frank is the show,some say the food is the show,both right BUT NICK IS THE BEST!



Provided by Citysearch - 
Great place...

I have been to Rao's probably 15 times the past 3 years and it keeps getting better. For those that go once and don't enjoy it, all I can say is that they just don't get it. Rao's has the best service and atmosphere in NYC. Good luck getting a table.



Provided by Citysearch - 

I was at Rao's last Wed. for Meetball Night. The service was excellent, the food was excellent, but the entire experience was very cool. It's true, you feel like your in a scene from Goodfellas. Nicky the Nose at the bar is a treat. If you wrote a bad review, it's because you don't understand what Rao's is all about. I can't wait for the nex time.



Provided by Citysearch - 
Too Snobby for Real New Yorkers

Been there, done that, and New York, it's not that big a deal. The food is decent at best, and the ambience, well, it's a matter of opinion, some may consider it to be a sweet thing, I thought it was just annoying. If celebrities make you sweat, then your in for a ride, but if your like most around these parts then you'll just yawn and wonder whats with all the hype. Rao is a good restaurant, but it's nothing special.



Provided by Citysearch - 
Still the best after 16 years

it has been at least 16 years since I have eaten at Rao's. The food was unbelievable then and I am sure it is still so. If I ever get to New York again I can only hope I can get a chair in a corner for any meal.

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