Cue a Sinatra song on the jukebox, order a bottle Chianti and let the waitress make you an offer you can't refuse - fettuccini ala puttanesca, calzone classico or maybe a pizza napolitana with anchovies, olives and capers?
The venue is Mulberry Street Bar in Manhattan's Little Italy district, home to more movie meals than just about anywhere else on the planet, including an Andy Garcia-Sofia Coppola rendezvous in "The Godfather: Part III" and a Johnny Depp/Al Pacino confab in "Donnie Brasco." The legendary eatery has also appeared in "The Sopranos," "Law & Order" and "Kojak."
New York City is flush with eateries where the stars once acted. Katz's Delicatessen on Hudson Street is renowned as the place where Meg Ryan famously "faked it" in "When Harry Met Sally."Also renowned is its classic deli menu, offering matzo ball soup, chopped liver with onions, hot pastrami sandwiches and sinful cheesecake.
Tom's Restaurant in Morningside Heights is where the Jerry, George, Elaine and Kramer gathered on nearly every episode of "Seinfeld." And the legendary last scene of "The Sopranos"? It was filmed on location on the other side of the Hudson River at Holsten's Brookdale Confectionery, a neighborhood ice cream parlor in Bloomfield, N.J. The homemade confections served there are the stuff of local legend.
Among Chicago's cinematic dives is the Twin Anchors Tavern in Old Town. You can down a shot and twirl a coin on the bar a la Harvey Dent (a.k.a. Two Face) in "The Dark Knight." Or order "ribs, and keep 'em coming," like Frank Sinatra, a longtime patron of the Sedgwick Street institution.
From "High Fidelity" and "Ocean's 12" to "The Lake House" and "The Dilemma," Chicago's Green Mill Jazz Club has co-starred in more than a dozen movies. In addition to live jazz, the club serves up a variety of cocktails including a classically crafted gin and tonic.
Life imitates art at the original Cheers Bar in Boston's Beacon Hill neighborhood. Before and during the show's 11-year run, it was called the Bull & Finch Pub. Then in 2002 the bar officially changed its name to Cheers. The menu is loaded with show references in dishes like Woody's Garden Greens, Ma Clavin's Soup and the Giant Norm Burger.
Foreign cities also boast their fair share of movie eats. Perched 52 floors above Tokyo, the bar at the Park Hyatt's New York Grill is where Bill Murray and Scarlett Johansson first meet in "Lost in Translation." For the record, he's drinking Suntory whisky on the rocks and she's sipping a vodka tonic. For dinner, the internationally flavored waygu sirloin served with a roasted apricot-wasabi cream.
-By Joe Yogerst, Brand Publishing Writer
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