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Jan 24, 2014 03:22 PM

Rao's in East Harlem, the original G

Does anyone happen to have a hookup to get me in here ?

I will be in NYC in March.

Thanks a bunch.

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  1. Kevin, you're a funny guy.

    Good luck.

    1. Just show up. A classy guy like you should have no trouble talking your way in.

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      1. re: grampart

        I dunno, most Kevin's are Irish, and their last name doesn't end with a vowel...:)

        1. re: Veggo

          Yeah, I'm not a classy guy and I'm not Italian, so sadly I guess I won't be able to grab a perch there.

          Veggo, I'm presuming you've been many times before ????

          1. re: kevin

            Only in my dreams, when my name is Vito.

            1. re: kevin

              Go in and drop a lot of f bombs like you occasionally do. I'm sure they'll effing let you in.

        2. Just call for a reservation. Highly entertaining.

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          1. re: Motosport

            Ok, but calling won't get me anywhere, right ????

          2. They open at about 4:30 and just about anyone can get a drink at the bar. But not a table.

            There's a reason co-owner Frank Pellegrino's nick-name is "Frankie No."

            And this thread's in the wrong category. Rao's is indeed on the island of Manhattan.

              1. re: c oliver

                That is funny. What is really funny is the one time I went, I saw Rusty Staub there.

                  1. re: Bob Martinez

                    It IS a good read. And, as I suspected, it has really NOTHING to do with the food. It's an event. A happening. And from what I've read, it sounds like, nowadays anyway, the majority of the diners aren't even Italian :)

                    1. re: c oliver

                      Please do let me know if you do garner a table. Dinners on me if I can join up in time.

                      And that ain't no joke.

                      1. re: kevin

                        Ya know, when we're in NYC, we're so focused on GOOD food that it's unlikely we'd even try to go. But a drink at the bar is always possible.

                      2. re: c oliver

                        The food is fine, and you always get a good story out of it, which is priceless.

                        1. re: coll

                          As the saying goes, to each his own. Our visits to NYC don't happen nearly often enough so, when there, we want better than "fine."

                          1. re: c oliver

                            So, then, we'll agree: To each his own. I like a full experience and luckily I can afford to take some chances. Tomorrow's another day, either way.