Original location of Umberto’s Clam House

New York City and the mafia basically go hand-in-hand. As much as New York does not want to admit it, our ties are deeply connected to the gangs that used to – and in some cases still – roam the streets. Here are ten mob hangouts throughout history: some may be closed, but they are certainly not forgotten.

1. Rao’s

Rao's East harlem Untapped Cities

Rao’s originally opened its Harlem location in 1896. It was a famous spot for wiseguys and gangsters throughout the place’s long history: with the likes of Lucky Luciano and John Gotti allegedly dining there. However, it is also a famous place in general, with celebrities and officers dining there as well: it was even featured in The Wolf of Wall Street.

But what made Rao’s really notorious in the mob world was the incident that happened in 2003, when Louis ‘Louie Lump Lump’ Barone, an associate, murdered Albert Circelli, a “made man” in the Lucchese crime family. It was reportedly prompted because Circelli threw insults at a singer.

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5 thoughts on “10 Famous Mob Hangouts in NYC

  1. Hell’s Kitchen – 47 St Diamond District 45 West 47 ST. Mr Stans place was it in the 1990s At Gem Stones Trading Gallery International ! Check out #motherartistfatherartist No Joke True Crime. NYC !!

  2. Panarellas 85 Columbus Ave is a secret Mob Hangout just it was mixed Serbian YACS Pink Panthers and LCN .
    Columbus Café Paul Hermans Spot was popular with my father Mr Stan and John Gotti hanging out till closing time 4pm
    Regines , and a few after hours that Luigi ran ! NYC you would run into Paulie Zaza , or Paulie Punch !

  3. raos is a great place the staff and owners have been my family friends for over 40 years the sauce is 2nd too none i will remind you you treat people the way you want to be treated..i will be adding one of there favorite dishes too my cookbook with there ok which is in the works as we speak

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