My 15 year old brother is really into gangster movies and such right now, so, at the suggestion of a co-worker, I took him to Chumley's, a former speakeasy.
It was supposedly located on Bedford Street between Barrow and Grove. After walking up and down the block and not locating it, I feared that they might have closed down. We went to a nearby restaurant and were assured that it had not closed down, it was just a couple of doors away. Huh? The rest of the block was filled with entrances to apartments. A young man must have noticed the confusion on our faces. "Are you looking for Chumley's? It's right here." He said, pointing at, a simple door with no sign, no hint that it led to anything more than, maybe a dumpy apartment.
Reluctantly, we pushed back the door and opened a curtain to reveal a bar/restaurant. The decor was PERFECT! An old fireplace, tables with little lamps on them, the smell of old wood, pictures of mafia members on the walls.
I was expecting the food to be awful (but I didn't care - we were there for the ambience), however, it was pretty darn good! I had the grilled portobello mushroom and artichoke salad. It came with a delicious, warm dressing made with vinegar and sauteed onions among other ingredients. David had the ribs with french fries. The ribs weren't anything to rave about, but the FRENCH FRIES...now I'm no expert, but I think they might have been the best I ever had. They needed more salt, but they were very similar to McDonald's fries (don't scoff - you KNOW you love 'em!) except better.
Bill came to $25 (no alcohol). I've heard that late at night, it fills with Frat-boy types getting drunk and being loud, which, I'm sure would ruin the gangster mood. I suggest you go early. Oh, and good luck finding it!