Tom’s Restaurant in Morningside Heights has been a “go-to” place for burgers, shakes and more in New York for more than 70 years.
While it’s been a local favorite for all those years, it shot to popularity when it was featured in Seinfeld sitcom as Monk’s Diner. In the real world, this diner has been a favorite hangout for Columbia Students and faculty and getting a milkshake and gravy fries at 3 in the morning on Thursday, Friday, or Saturday night has even become a right of passage for students.
It’s a Real Diner
While this diner starred in Seinfeld, it is a real diner and provides a real dining experience. It’s not a five star restaurant, but you won’t find pre-packaged foods served here either. It’s a place to enjoy a nice selection of home-cooked specials, friendly service, and reasonable prices. Plus it’s the perfect place to introduce your family to a sit-at-the-counter experience.
Breakfast options include eggs/omelets, breakfast sandwiches, pancakes and other items from the griddle, cereals, bagels, and more.
After breakfast, Tom’s features a large selection beyond their burgers and shakes. They serve up hot soups, wraps, and a variety of sandwiches from triple deckers to hot sandwiches. For those looking for something on the lighter side the menu also features a nice selection of crispy cold salads. You can view the entire menu online.
If you’re looking for a classic diner experience that serves simple, traditional American food, Tom’s is the place to visit when in New York. Meals average around $7 with coffee and they are served up hot and fresh with all the ambiance you’d expect to find at a classic diner.
If you don’t know what to try, the cheeseburgers are great and the chocolate shakes are real and delicious. However, Tom’s Restaurant only accepts cash payment so come prepared!