One of the most memorable scenes in Martin Scorsese’s classic 1990 film “Goodfellas” is when Henry Hill, played by Ray Liotta, takes Karen, played by Lorraine Bracco, on a date to the Copacabana in Manhattan. The camera follows them as they take a side entrance, skipping the line and walking through the kitchen out onto the restaurant floor, where a table is immediately brought for them.
The Copacabana was a legendary restaurant located in the actual spot seen in the film. Acts such as Dean Martin, Sammy Davis, Jr. and The Supremes all performed there. However, after fifty years, it was relocated in 1992, not long after the film was released. The Copacabana supposedly appears again in Scorsese’s 2019 film “The Irishman,” but an alternate location stood in for it.
LOCATION: 10 E 60th St, New York, NY 10022
Henry meets Jimmy, played by Robert De Niro, at the Sherwood Diner, where they await news of Tommy becoming a made man. These scenes were filmed at what was then known as the Maspeth Diner. After the success of the film, it changed its name to the Goodfellas Diner. However, it got damaged by a fire in 2018. Since then, the building has remained closed down and appears in disrepair these days. The diner also makes a brief, return appearance in Scorsese’s “The Irishman.”
LOCATION: 56-26 Maspeth Ave, Maspeth, NY 11378