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11 NYC Bars and Restaurants with a Fascinating Mob History

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This fancy Lower East Side bar still operates like a speakeasy, serving drinks in mugs and beers with paper bags over them. Back during Prohibition, it was frequented by Jewish gangsters Bugsy Siegel and Meyer Lansky. Behind a bookcase that still exists, the mobsters would hold meetings. According to owner Johnny Barounis, the place was a hotspot for gangsters not just because of its drinks, but because of the many available exits.

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