5. Tommaso Ristorante

Tommaso Ristorante, one of NYC's mob hangouts

Famous in Dyker Heights for its Italian cuisine, Tommaso caught an early break when the Gambino crime family opened up a headquarters next door. Mafia frequenters included the aforementioned Paul Castellano — the don that was murdered outside of Sparks Steak House. Owner Tommosa Verdillo told the Financial Times that Castellano was “like a big brother to me.” Verdillo even catered many events at the don’s Staten Island home.