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Tom's Restaurant


Tom's Restaurant

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

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 1980s 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 California.[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, Tom's is featured in the Seinfeld New York Tour conducted by Kenny Kramer. The trademark "Tom's Restaurant" marquee still exists above the exterior windows.

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

See also


  1. ^ a b "Tom's Restaurant". Retrieved 4 April 2013. 
  2. ^ a b c d Vines, Richard (2008-03-13). "Real 'Seinfeld' Restaurant Is New York Staple". Retrieved 4 April 2013. 
  3. ^ "11 questions for Meghan McCain". 2008-09-09. Retrieved 4 April 2013. 

External links

  • Tom's Restaurant Official Homepage
  • Video shows Suzan Vega talking about the Tom's Restaurant
  • Morningside Heights: Tom's Restaurant
  • VirtualNYC panoramic image of Tom's Restaurant
  • Google Street View: 112th Street and Broadway
  • Annie Merner Pfeiffer Library: WV Authors: Merideth Sue Willis

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