Tom’s Restaurant is one of New York’s most famous eateries immortalized in the Suzanne Vega song “Tom’s Diner”, but more famously as the diner on Seinfeld.
Owned and operated by a Greek-American family since the 1940s,Tom’s Restaurant exterior was used as a stand-in for the fictional Monk’s Cafe on the TV show Seinfeld. Now the main reason to come here is to take a photo in front of the restaurant and check it off the list. As the interior scenes were shot in a studio in LA, it doesn’t look anything like the diner on the inside. But it does have its own charm with pictures and autographs of the cast and a copy of “The Kramer”.
I went on a Saturday morning and it was packed. But luckily we got a booth at the back and got to observe all of the craziness of Tom’s Restaurant and all of its characters. This place was full of tourists, locals and a not so attractive transvestite. And the menu was huge. Everything you expect from a diner with some Greek thrown in as well. But it is a diner so don’t expect gourmet, stick to a grilled cheese and breakfast. And I highly recommend not sitting by the bathroom as there is constant traffic to it. Try eating an omelet when you’ve got an elderly ladt yelling at her husband through the door “What’s taking so long, did you die in there?” That seriously happened.
Tom’s Restaurant is cash only, so bring your money, your camera and your best Seinfeld pose.
Tom’s Restaurant 2880 Broadway New York, NY 10025