The toughest restaurant reservation in the US
Rao's will soon open its third location, giving West Coast diners a taste of something most New Yorkers rarely get to experience.
The tiny eatery in New York's East Harlem is "the toughest restaurant reservation in this country," writes Forbes' Larry Olmsted. The Italian restaurant only has about a dozen tables, and each one is pretty much spoken for at all times.
The regulars have had long-standing reservations for years, and when they can't go, they ask friends to go in their place, Olmsted adds. As a result, you'll never see a Groupon (GRPN) deal or an ad of any sort for the restaurant. Rao's has been permanently sold out for decades.
If you aren't a regular, you pretty much have to be a politician, celebrity, musician or athlete to get in. For the rest of us muggles, the doors are closed.
"As a result, Rao's is equal parts legend and myth, so hard to get into that very few restaurant critics have been -- and not for lack of trying," Olmsted writes. The restaurant doesn't take credit cards, and it has no menu (a server will tell you the daily options). It's closed on the weekends and it never opens for lunch.
Rao's opened a second location in the Caesar's Palace resort in Las Vegas several years ago. The Las Vegas menu features spaghetti alla bolognese, veal parmesan, ossobucco and Rao's famous lemon chicken.
This week, Rao's is getting ready to open the doors at a third spot in Hollywood that can seat 95.
The newest location is in a drab, empty area of town near some film studios, Eater LA reports. Sounds like a perfect spot to begin courting the celebrities and studio honchos who crave special treatment and exclusivity -- and have the money to ensure they get it.
- Urban Outfitters asks to sell booze
- The poverty rate holds steady
- Starbucks' pumpkin latte signals the season
wow.... I'd probably be better of at Chile's than this place! 1 because its not a big hassle. and two it actually has a MENU!!!!!
RAOS spelled backwards is SOAR. I find no meaning to that, just thought I'd throw it in.
Copyright © 2014 Microsoft. All rights reserved.
Fundamental company data and historical chart data provided by Morningstar Inc. Real-time index quotes and delayed quotes supplied by Morningstar Inc. Quotes delayed by up to 15 minutes, except where indicated otherwise. Fund summary, fund performance and dividend data provided by Morningstar Inc. Analyst recommendations provided by Zacks Investment Research. StockScouter data provided by Verus Analytics. IPO data provided by Hoover's Inc. Index membership data provided by Morningstar Inc.
[BRIEFING.COM] The major averages finished the Tuesday session near their lows with the Russell 2000 (-1.0%) leading the slide. The S&P 500 lost 0.5% with nine sectors ending in the red.
Equities indices started the day with modest gains and spent the first two hours of action in the neighborhood of their flat lines. Although the early trade lacked clear sector leadership, that could have been overlooked due to the strength among heavily-weighted sectors like health care (-0.3%), ... More
More Market News
The apparel chain takes a hard hit after blaming the weather for its quarterly sales decline. But cold temperatures don't explain the drop in full-year sales as well.
MUST-SEE ON MSN
- Video: Easy DIY smoked meats at home
A charcuterie master shares his process for cold-smoking meat at home.
- Jetpacks about to go mainstream
- Weird things covered by home insurance
- Bing: 70 percent of adults report 'digital eye strain'