Bamonte's in New York City

Brooklyn’s Bamonte’s is a charming family-owned Italian eatery and essential New York City institution. Passed down through several generations, the 120-year-old Bamonte's may be the oldest Italian restaurant in the city.

Though recognized for its great food and service it's really the atmosphere and ambiance that drive crowds to Brooklyn for Bamonte's. Initially, a banquet hall and meeting place, Bamonte's now occupies two stories with shiny chandeliers, red drapes, and a darkened barroom.

The dining room is vintage 50s with tuxedo-wearing servers and old phone booths. Pictures of the pope and celebrities cover the walls where both Frank Sinatra and Robert De Niro have dined.

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Fun Fact: Bamonte’s has a glassed-in open kitchen. Rumor has it, it was designed for mob bosses who wanted to make sure no one poisoned their food.

For starters try the shrimp cocktail or a dozen clams oregonata, an appetizer baked in a heap of herbed bread crumbs and butter, served in a briny clam broth with a side of saltless Florence bread. There are also the bacon-wrapped seared scallops, hot antipasto, and broiled lamb chops to satisfy your hunger pangs from so much calorie-burning city walking!

Everything is served family-style. Enjoy large portions of Italian American classics that include baked ziti, spaghetti and meatballs, cheese ravioli, and pork chop parmesan.

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Bamonte’s fabulous cannoli are some of the best in the city. Each bite is pure heaven with whipped ricotta in a crunchy pastry tube. You can’t go wrong with the Tartufo, a large hump of ice cream coated with chocolate for dessert.

Bamonte's, founded in 1900 by Pasquale Bamonte, and still family-owned, is a notorious establishment and alleged mob hangout. In 2009, mobster Carmine Galante was gunned down in the restaurant, then later Bamonte’s closed for the night, where a supposed celebratory dinner happened between the heads of the five New York crime families. You didn't hear it here!

Fun Fact: Bamonte’s has been the backdrop for several episodes of the HBO classic The Sopranos. Character Gerry Torciano was infamously murdered between bites in the Bamonte's setting. Food for thought: Does life imitate art or is art imitating life?

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Bamonte’s Hours

  • Monday: 12pm to 10pm
  • Thursday: 12pm to 10pm
  • Friday: 12pm to 11pm
  • Saturday: 12pm to 11pm
  • Sunday: 1pm to 10pm

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