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  1. Forgetaboutit. Not doable unless you know someoe who's a regular. (See numerouus posts on this subject.)

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    1. re: Ann900

      Ann got that right. Fageetaboutit,,,, go to las vegas you can get in to that Rao's no problem And dont let anyone tell you Frankie Pelligrino's baldaria in the 40's is same as Rao's the only similarity is the roasted peppers which are great

    2. There is no way that I know of, unless you are a guest of someone who's a "member". I've been only once with this way and the best part hands down was the scenery. The food was totally secondary. Don't get me wrong, it was good and fresh and well prepared, but no better or worse than you'd get at your Italian grandmother's house.

      1. Sorry.

        If one has to ask, one ain't gonna eat there.

        There was a time when one could enjoy a cocktail or two at the bar and feel quite comfortable. There was a time about a year and a half back when people were abusing that privilege. There is *no way* you're going to segue from the bar to a table *unless* you're invited by the "owner" of the table.

        Vinnie Rao's in Heaven, and he's probably laughing at all the people carrying on about things down here on earth...

        1. Since it's not likely you're going to be able to eat there here's a link to a CH post which will give you a feel for the food. (It's good, not great.)

          http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/4656...

          1. I got there when a friend won a table at a charity auction. Agree with everyone else that the food is very good, but not spectacular. The theater is priceless. I'll never forget Frank P and 2 very well known moguls who were dining together all singing Under the Boardwalk. Lucky for them, this was way before anyone had video on their phones - it would have been a You Tube sensation!