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455 E. 114th St.
New York, NY, 10029, United States
TEL: (212) 722-6709

After this 10-table Italian eatery opened in 1896, locals who frequented the family-run establishment were given standing reservations that are still in place today. Thus, year-long waits for a table are the norm, unless would-be diners are invited by a table “owner.” Behind the unassuming façade, Rao’s exclusive dining room is lined with photos of former guests, a group that includes Tom Cruise, Madonna, Celine Dion, and Donald Trump. There’s no printed menu, but signature dishes include the seafood salad, meatballs, and lemon chicken. During the meal, the owner chats with patrons and occasionally sings along with the famous jukebox.

Insider Tip:

If you’re lucky enough to score a table, purchase some of Rao’s famous sauces before you leave. They’re also sold in exclusive grocery stores, but at a much higher price.


Open / Closes
  • Accessible by Public Transportation
  • Dinner
  • Full Bar
  • Family Style
  • Handicapped Accessible
  • Reservations Required
  • Sunday - Closed
  • Saturday - Closed

Cash Only: 1

Cuisine Type:: Italian


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