2. Sparks Steak House

Sparks Steakhouse, one of NYC's infamous mob hangouts

Sparks Steak House probably does not need an introduction. Originally opened in 1966 before moving to its Midtown Manhattan location in 1977, it is one of New York City’s most famous steakhouses and one of the city’s most infamous mob hangouts. It gained mafia notoriety when John Gotti used the location to make a power move for the Gambino crime family. With tensions already high between him and Paul Castellano, Gotti ordered his death in December 1985: both Castellano and his bodyguard were mowed down in front of the restaurant.