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The New York Bars and Restaurants of Goodfellas

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Occasionally, we like to take a look back at restaurant scenes from classic New York movies. Today: Goodfellas.
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2008_10_hasmaps.jpgMartin Scorsese's mob land masterpiece Goodfellas depicts an epic rise followed by a crushing fall, with a few great restaurant scenes scattered throughout. Here's the play-by-play:

2011_airline_diner1.jpgThe first time we see the fully grown-up Henry Hill (Ray Liotta) is when he's waiting to steal a truck in the parking lot of the Airline Diner. This greasy spoon is still open in Jackson Heights, although now it's a location of the Jackson Hole burger chainlet.

2011_bamboo_lounge1.jpgHenry and his friends hang out at a bar and restaurant called The Bamboo Lounge. The interior shots here were filmed at Hawaii Kai, one of the most famous Polynesian lounges to come out of the Tiki boom — it opened in 1961 and closed in 1989. As the camera weaves through the dining room, you get a sense that these guys live in a strange, decadent world:

2011_salernos1.jpgRestaurants play a big part in Henry's courtship with his wife, Karen (Lorraine Bracco). He meets her on a double date with his partner Tommy (Joe Pesci), at a swanky Italian restaurant that's filled with big red leather booths. This scene was shot at Salerno's Restaurant in Richmond Hill, Queens — it closed down a few years ago.

Henry doesn't show up to their second date at Salerno's, but he makes it up to Karen by taking her to The Copacabana. This is how you enter a restaurant:

This scene was shot at the first location of The Copacabana on 60th Street. The original Copa closed in 1992, and the space is now home to Rouge Tomate.

2011_oriental_manor1.jpgShortly after their sexy date, Henry and Karen get married in a big, tacky banquet hall. This was filmed at Oriental Manor, an Asian-themed event space in Bensonhurst that closed not too long ago.

Slideshow: Dining in The Second Half of Goodfellas


At the start of the film, the Goodfellas glide in and out of restaurants like kings. But in the second half of the movie, they eat most of their meals at home or in prison.

2011_the_suite_loung1.jpgThe trouble for Henry and his crew starts when Tommy kills his old acquaintance Billy Batts in a bar fight at The Suite Lounge. This space once housed Spartan, an Italian place, but now it's a Kazakh restaurant called Lido Cabaret.

2011_neirs_tavern1.jpgA lot of the scheming in the second half of the film takes place at Neir's, an old-school tavern that's still going strong today. (For more on the history of the bar, check out Robert Simonson's Who Goes There? feature on Neir's.) This is where Henry and his team plot the Lufthansa heist:

2011_clinton_diner_queens1.jpgAfter the heist, Jimmy Conway (Robert De Niro) and Henry share a few meals at The Sherwood Diner in Lawrence, NY. This restaurant on the Rockaway Turnpike is still open for business.

At the end of Goodfellas, the characters are chasing bigger thrills than meals at fancy restaurants. But once Henry Hill enters the witness protection program, he misses those finer things in life. The closing line of the film:

There's no action. I have to wait around like everyone else. Right after I got here, I ordered spaghetti with marinara sauce, and I got egg noodles and ketchup. I'm an average nobody. I get to live the rest of my life like a schnook.

Bonus Video: Dinner in Jail

Mapping the Restaurants of Goodfellas:

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Salerno's

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117-11 Hillside Ave
Queens, NY 11418

2. The Bamboo Lounge/Hawaii Kai

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1638 Broadway
Manhattan, NY 10019

3. The Copacabana

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10 E 60th St
New York, NY 10022

4. The Suite Lounge/Spartan Lounge/Lido Cabaret

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73-20 Grand Ave
Queens, NY 11378

5. The Airline Diner/Jackson Hole

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69-35 Astoria Blvd
Queens, NY 11370

6. Oriental Manor

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1818 86th St
Brooklyn, NY 11214
(718) 236-9344

7. Neir's Tavern

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87-48 78th St
Queens, NY 11421
718-296-0600

8. Sherwood Diner

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(516) 371-4616

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1. Salerno's

117-11 Hillside Ave, Queens, NY 11418
117-11 Hillside Ave
Queens, NY 11418

2. The Bamboo Lounge/Hawaii Kai

1638 Broadway, Manhattan, NY 10019
1638 Broadway
Manhattan, NY 10019

3. The Copacabana

10 E 60th St, New York, NY 10022
10 E 60th St
New York, NY 10022

4. The Suite Lounge/Spartan Lounge/Lido Cabaret

73-20 Grand Ave, Queens, NY 11378
73-20 Grand Ave
Queens, NY 11378

5. The Airline Diner/Jackson Hole

69-35 Astoria Blvd, Queens, NY 11370
69-35 Astoria Blvd
Queens, NY 11370

6. Oriental Manor

1818 86th St, Brooklyn, NY 11214
1818 86th St
Brooklyn, NY 11214

7. Neir's Tavern

87-48 78th St, Queens, NY 11421
87-48 78th St
Queens, NY 11421

8. Sherwood Diner

Rockaway Turnpike, NY

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