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.
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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.
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