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where wise guy eat ?

bruno89 Jan 3, 2008 09:18 AM

i have a nephew coming for few days in N.Y and love wise guy movies .
He ask me where wise guy eat in restaurant ? hang out place for lunch or dinner i know the very well place of Spark but what else? Bensonhurst ?

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  1. Gio RE: bruno89 Jan 3, 2008 09:27 AM

    Hello Bruno. You might try Rao's at at 455 East 114th Street, East Harlem, New York 10029: 212-722-6709

    Open Monday through Friday for dinner Only. If you don't have a reservation, you can always have a drink at the bar. But - it's almost imossible to get a reservation.

    Click on this link to see their web site: http://www.raos.com/raos_restaurant.htm
    Buona fortuna !

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      NAtiveNewYorker RE: Gio Jan 3, 2008 10:51 AM

      Forget Rao's. You'll never get in.

      (Rao's is run like a club. You only eat there if you're known, and then you get your table at your specific time of the week.)

      The Soprano's was filmed outside of Il Cortile once. Also, there was a rub out in the early 70s at Umberto's Clam House (now called something else).

    2. Cheese Boy RE: bruno89 Jan 3, 2008 09:28 AM

      I'm not familiar with the NYC scene for today's mob boys, but this thread reveals a few spots the wise guys like to frequent to satisfy their appetites.

      Check it out: http://www.chowhound.com/topics/451853

      1. Chow Baby RE: bruno89 Jan 3, 2008 09:44 AM

        Areo in Bay Ridge.
        But I'm warning you, if you go you will see a lot of colorful characters and the women who love them. Keep your eyes in a neutral place and your comments to yourself until after you leave the building.
        Here in NYC, there is F.illi Ponte Ristorante, but the crowd there is sort of diluted with Wall St. guys pretending to be masters of the universe.

        1. JoanN RE: bruno89 Jan 3, 2008 10:28 AM

          There's Da Nico, an old school, red sauce, place in Little Italy on Mulberry between Broome and Grand. Used to work in the nabe, would go for lunch once in a while. Never asked for credentials, but some diners sure had "the look."

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            sam1 RE: bruno89 Jan 3, 2008 11:11 AM

            tom's restaurant on 3rd ave off union in brooklyn is a notorious mafia soldier hangout.

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              NAtiveNewYorker RE: sam1 Jan 4, 2008 05:53 AM

              I think you mean Two Toms. And yes, you are right.

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                JFores RE: NAtiveNewYorker Jan 5, 2008 07:42 PM

                How fitting. I was shown that place by my family's stereotypical mafiaesque friend...

                Good for restaurant Italian!

            2. Bob Martinez RE: bruno89 Jan 3, 2008 12:30 PM

              Embers in Bay Ridge.

              1. sed231 RE: bruno89 Jan 4, 2008 02:28 PM

                Arthur Avenue. Roberto's or his new restaurant, Zero Otto Nove.

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                  Farfalle RE: bruno89 Jan 5, 2008 09:28 PM

                  I have a couple of places... I could tell you, but then I'd have to whack you. :)

                  Couple of mediocre places in Ozone Park still where you spot a few colorful characters but not really worth the trip to be honest. There are a couple of decent restaurants in Bensonhurt on 86th street that sometimes get that crowd. To be honest though, might as well just take him to Spark's. It doesnt really have that crowd anymore, but it still has the same decor, same crusty waiters and bartenders and has that old gangster vibe to it.

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