Tom's Restaurant
Tom's Restaurant
Tom's Restaurant, NYC.jpg
Tom's Restaurant in 2000
Restaurant information
Street address 2880 Broadway
Morningside Heights, Manhattan
City New York City
State New York
Tom's Restaurant interior

Tom's Restaurant is a diner located at 2880 Broadway (on the corner of West 112th Street) in the Morningside Heights neighborhood of Manhattan in New York City.[1] Frequented by students and faculty of nearby Columbia University, it has been owned and operated by the Greek-American family of Minas Zoulis since the 1940s.[2]

Tom's Restaurant was the locale that inspired Suzanne Vega's 1987 song "Tom's Diner."[2] Later, its exterior was used as a stand-in for the fictional Monk's Café in the television sitcom Seinfeld, where comedian Jerry Seinfeld's eponymous character and his friends regularly gathered to eat.[1][2] The interior shown on the television show, however, looked very little like the real "Tom's", as indoor scenes were filmed on a set in Los Angeles.[2]

Early Seinfeld episodes showed the entire neon sign; later, the "Tom's" portion was cropped out, showing only the "RESTAURANT" wraparound. Even though the interior and exterior have undergone minor remodeling since the show, the distinctive sign has remained the same. Tom's is featured in Kramer's Reality Tour conducted by Kenny Kramer.

Senator John McCain often ate at Tom's when he visited his daughter Meghan when she was a student at Columbia.[3]

Tom's exterior has been seen on television before, in the 1978 The Bionic Woman episode "Long Live the King" at around the 27 minute mark of the DVD release.

See also


  1. ^ a b "Tom's Restaurant". Retrieved 2013. 
  2. ^ a b c d Vines, Richard (2008-03-13). "Real 'Seinfeld' Restaurant Is New York Staple". Retrieved 2013. 
  3. ^ "11 questions for Meghan McCain". 2008-09-09. Retrieved 2013. 

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Coordinates: 40°48?20?N 73°57?56?W / 40.80556°N 73.96556°W / 40.80556; -73.96556

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