Rao's

New York
Italian Restaurant
$$$$
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Mon10:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Tues10:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Wed10:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Thu10:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Fri10:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Sat10:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Rao's

455 E 114th St (at Pleasant Ave)

New York, NY 10029

One of the country's oldest family-owned restaurants (and still in its original location), Rao's in East Harlem has been serving red sauce Italian classics for over 100 years. The 10-table VIP establishment is notoriously hard/impossible to get into, so if you do score a seat, eat as much fried mozzarella, meatballs, and penne alla vodka as you can. If not, don't worry -- there are Rao's sauces and cookbooks available for purchase so you can DIY at home.