The crew, which arrived early in the morning, used the Italian restaurant Trattoria Neo to film a scene involving a clam bar.
“The show takes place in the 80s, so our décor must’ve just worked for a scene involving a clam bar from that time period,” said Antonetter Mirro, a manager at the restaurant on 149th Street and 15th Avenue.
The crew came in around 10 a.m. and left at 3 p.m., according to Mirro. The cast for the show includes Winona Ryder, Catherine Keener, James Belushi, Terry Kinney and Michael Stahl-David.
The miniseries, which hasn’t released a premiere date yet, is based on a nonfiction book by Lisa Belkin of the same name. It tells the story of a mayor, Nick Wasicsko, who’s charged with building low-income housing in his hometown of Yonkers, N.Y. The project brings to the surface class prejudices, almost shuts down the local government and ruins the mayor’s political career, according to a show synopsis.
Mirro said that the crew will not be returning to the restaurant. During the filming, she didn’t notice any of the main cast members, but she spotted LaTanya Richardson Jackson, Samuel L. Jackson’s wife, who is going to be in at least one episode, according to IMDb.
She also noticed one actress from “a soap opera that I used to watch many years ago.”