Restaurants Mobbed By Popular Mobsters

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Movie wise, I’m pretty sure you’ve heard of the movies The Godfather and the Goodfellas. I’m more curious about Yakuzas rather than Mobs, but these two films are actually two of the best mob flicks I’ve seen. While these guys work their hats off in their respective areas, I gave a quick thought to myself, “how does it feel to be around these men?” Well, that was just for a moment – thinking of the bigger picture.

Men in suits, tie, and the occasional tobacco on the side, mobs normally do not go into hiding. Instead, they are very much around the city, killing it with a glance. And here, we have the famous Five Families, consisting of the original Italian-American Mafias. It is by far, the strongest Italian Mafia in the U.S., getting themselves comfortable, settling in New York, the city of lights and lavish restaurants and food houses. These mobs’ stomachs bring them to the best of the best when it comes to award-winning Italian restaurants in New York. Apparently, it’s not just the food that makes the restaurant memorable for the guys. Brace yourselves as we reveal the restaurants which have been linked to famous mobster families.


455 E 114th St New York, NY

This restaurant in the old neighborhood of Harlem attracted mobster Louis Barone for a night for some fun-filled entertainment. But after having an argument with another mobster customer, the night ended with a bloodshed. This altercation was followed by unusual sightings such as finding a body inside a trash can outside the restaurant. Did the music that night really suck or was everyone just having a bad night?

Hours of Operation

Monday 10:00 am – 10:00 pm
Tuesday 10:00 am – 10:00 pm
Wednesday 10:00 am – 10:00 pm
Thursday 10:00 am – 10:00 pm
Friday 10:00 am – 10:00 pm
Saturday 10:00 am – 10:00 pm
Sunday Closed

Umberto’s Clam House

129 Mulberry St New York, NY (now at 132 Mulberry St, New York, NY 10013)

Before moving its location twice, this seafood restaurant in Mulberry St. became the dying ground for high-profile mobster “Crazy JoeGallo. Coming in at Umberto’s in the wee hours after his birthday celebration at Copacabana, Crazy Joe was shot and died after getting comfortable in his seat. A gunman was immediately called in after a rival gangster saw Joe coming into the restaurant. Well, they should’ve fired clams instead.

Hours of Operation

Monday 11:30 am – 12:00 am
Tuesday 11:30 am – 12:00 am
Wednesday 11:30 am – 12:00 am
Thursday 11:30 am – 12:00 am
Friday 11:30 am – 1:00 am
Saturday 11:30 am – 1:00 am
Sunday 11:30 am – 12:00 am

Don Peppe

135-58 Lefferts Blvd Queens, NY

Talking about the mobsters’ favorite Italian restaurants, Don Peppe makes it on our top list. Constant guests include AnthonyFat TonyRabito from the Bonnano crime family which was banned from coming back to this famous restaurant after his imprisonment for extortion, gambling, and racketeering. It is said that other mobsters meet every Tuesday and Thursday at the same, old, familiar table to discuss mob business, recorded by a surveillance camera which was used as an evidence for a legal case.

Hours of Operation

Monday Closed
Tuesday 12:00–10:00 pm
Wednesday 12:00–10:00 pm
Thursday 12:00–10:00 pm
Friday 12:00–10:00 pm
Saturday 12:00–10:00 pm
Sunday 1:00–9:00 pm

Marco Polo Ristorante

345 Court St Brooklyn, NY

Joseph Chirico, crime family member, a Brooklyn restaurateur and owner of this Caroll Gardens Classic, Marco Polo Ristorante got in conflict with the law because of extortion charges. He was a part of a money-laundering operation which was busted back in 2008. He sure knows how to manage a famous restaurant and an illegal operation at the same time.

Hours of Operation

Monday 11:00 am – 11:00 pm
Tuesday 11:00 am – 11:00 pm
Wednesday 11:00 am – 11:00 pm
Thursday 11:00 am – 11:00 pm
Friday 11:00 am – 12:00 am
Saturday 11:00 am – 12:00 am
Sunday 1:00–10:30 pm

John’s of 12th Street

302 E 12th St New York, NY

In case you don’t know it, this restaurant on 12th street used to be a very popular mobster hangout. The night of August 22 was supposed to be a night for a kiss and make-up between mobsters Rocco Umberto Valenti of the Morello family and Guisseppe Messeria, but ended with a blood spill. Valenti died from the shooting fiasco courtesy of Genovese crime family member, CharlesLuckyLuciano.

Hours of Operation

Monday 4:00–11:00 pm
Tuesday 4:00–11:00 pm
Wednesday 4:00–11:00 pm
Thursday 4:00–11:00 pm
Friday 4:00–11:30 pm
Saturday 4:00–11:30 pm
Sunday 4:00–10:30 pm

Parkside Restaurant

107-01 Corona Ave Queens, NY

This popular restaurant in Queens was owned by Genovese crime family captain and philanthropist, AnthonyTough TonyFederici. He was charged with different offenses throughout the years but managed to work with some community services and a few bucks of fines.

Hours of Operation

Monday 12:00–11:30 pm
Tuesday 12:00–11:30 pm
Wednesday 12:00–11:30 pm
Thursday 12:00–11:30 pm
Friday 12:00–11:30 pm
Saturday 12:00–11:30 pm
Sunday 12:30–10:00 pm

Altadonna Restaurant

249-30 Horace Harding Expy Queens, NY

This classic Italian restaurant was one of the favorite dining places of top mobster John Gotti. He was well known for getting rid of former Gambino family Boss, Paul Castellano and eventually becoming the boss of one of the strongest mob families in New York. He was charged with racketeering, murder (5 charges), illegal gambling, loan sharking, and a couple of other crimes. He was convicted in 1992 and died at the age of 61 due to cancer in June 2002.

Sparks Steak House

210 E 46th St New York, NY

This relates to the above-mentioned mobster, John Gotti. This steakhouse in Midtown, New York was home to the biggest high-profile mob killing over the last 3 decades. This was the place where John Gotti had planned an ambush attack on Paul Castellano (former Gambino family Boss) and Thomas Bilotti (underboss). He succeeded and both Castellano and Bilotti died in this bloodshed, making him the new Boss of the Gambino family throne.

Hours of Operation

Monday 12:00 pm – 12:00 am
Tuesday 12:00 pm – 12:00 am
Wednesday 12:00 pm – 12:00 am
Thursday 12:00 pm – 12:00 am
Friday 12:00 pm – 12:00 am
Saturday 5:00–11:30 pm
Sunday Closed

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27 Prince St New York, NY

Ralph “Raffie” Cuomo opened up the Original Ray’s in 1959. The restaurant was the consortium for the “Prince Street Crew,” and the Luchese crime family. It is said that cash and heroin were taken care of in the basement of Ray’s. The family sold the restaurant when Ralphie died and in its place stands Prince Street Pizza.

Hours of Operation

Monday 11:30 am – 12:00 am
Tuesday 11:30 am – 12:00 am
Wednesday 11:30 am – 2:00 am
Thursday 11:30 am – 2:00 am
Friday 11:30 am – 2:00 am
Saturday 11:30 am – 12:00 am
Sunday 11:30 am – 12:00 am


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