With all five seasons of Boardwalk Empire available to stream now on HBONOW and HBO GO, it’s a great time to revisit the unique locations within New York City’s five boroughs that the show filmed at. Recreating the Prohibition era is no small task, neither is scouting for locations that serve as Atlantic City and other geographical areas that are shown in the show.
1. John’s of 12th Street in Manhattan
This East Village restaurant was Joe the Boss and Lucky’s meeting place in Boardwalk Empire. It was also turned into Whiting’s Pharmacy for a day this June. Aside from serving as the set of Boardwalk Empire, John’s of 12th Street is a popular Italian restaurant. It converted its top floors into a speakeasy during Prohibition, serving alcohol in espresso cups. Patrons are said to have included some of the characters depicted on Boardwalk Empire. In fact, the restaurant attracted a lot of mob types. Perhaps it was the appeal of the original tile floors (which remain intact today) or the immense wax candelabra at the back of the restaurant.