Rao's

Italian
$ $ $ $
455 E 114th St (at Pleasant Ave)
New York, NY 10029
(212) 722-6709
Monday
10:00am - 10:00pm
Tuesday
10:00am - 10:00pm
Wednesday
10:00am - 10:00pm
Thursday
10:00am - 10:00pm
Friday
10:00am - 10:00pm
Saturday
10:00am - 10:00pm

Tips

  • So you can't get a table? Stop in and have a drink at the bar. Who knows, you might just run into Robert DeNiro or Woody Allen!
  • If you are lucky enough to know someone to get in to Rao's, go. The meatballs and sauce are worth the trip. Try the steak pizzaiola. If you cant get in, buy their cookbook! -Jill Zarin, Real Housewiv
  • Great food
  • The old school-style restaurant is often likened to the Italian version of cheers: with time, the friendly staffers all know your name (and ziti order) by heart.
  • I'll have dreams about the lemon chicken for a while.
  • Do you know anyone that has eaten here? Neither do we...Legend has it that you need to know someone who owns a table and reservations require a (3) month notice. If. The bar or takeout is a best bet!
  • Established 1896 and continuously family owned and operated. Renowned for its Neapolitan cuisine, but notorious as one of the most difficult restaurants in New York in which to get a reservation.
  • Classic, unforgettable, and fantastic. This is one of the top places on the bucket list along with the pyramids of Giza. The fried chicken is a nice surprise as is the (4 of 4 petals via Fondu)
  • To see what Wall Streeters and mobsters have in common, go to Raos. The food explodes with flavor, especially the lemon chicken and pasta dishes, says Suzanne Corso, author of Brooklyn Story.
  • Nicky the vest only works a few days a week...but if you have the opportunity to ever meet him, you will be a lucky person! He is a great human being!
  • Writing this review so owner change the opening hours on google maps. Weve made a long way to get to the restaurant and it was closed.
  • Miss it; The all night dinner parties, walking into the kitchen and checking out the fresh ingredients, the "Nose".
  • If you have a chance to eat at Rao's do not pass it up. The food is great, as everyone has mentioned, but it's the history that's truly unique.
  • Oh my gosh. Counting my lucky stars to be here! What a scene... Amazing seafood salad and penne arrabiata hmmm. Pork chops looked very succulent but I don't eat meat :)
  • Eaten here 4 times...fun.
  • Sam Hazen, chef of The Chester, eats here on his nights off. He loves the Meatballs.
  • Seafood Salad tonight.
  • It's good...checked off my list
  • Not open for lunch.
  • Amazing!!!

Nearby places

2287 1st Ave (btwn E 117th & E 118th St)
283 Pleasant Ave (btwn E115th & E 116th St)
2180 1st Ave (btwn 111th St. & 114th St.)