You really don’t need to be a Seinfeld fan to head over to Tom’s Restaurant in Morningside Heights for an all-American breakfast experience. I’d say the buttered pancakes with syrup and bacon is in itself worth the trip…
Having said that, dining like Seinfeld at Tom’s Restaurant does add to a devoted Seinfeld fan’s joy when asking the cab driver to stop outside what looks like the facade of Monk’s Diner where Jerry, Elaine, Kramer and George would hang out to chat about nothing, drink decaf coffees and eat big salads.
This was exactly what we did on a rainy day in New York. We hailed a yellow cab. We decided we needed to line our stomachs before heading to our Woodbury Common Outlets Shopping tour. And dining like Seinfeld turned out to be an excellent choice and a very special experience to tell to our friends – or to write on a blog 😉
We chose the booth by the window as the bar stools were mostly taken up by men devouring their first or second meal of the day. We were a bit short of time, so ordered the first thing on the menu that caught our eyes; one vegetarian omelette for my friend, the generous portion of pancakes for me. The coffee was filtered and a bit bland, served with a small jug of milk. The service was friendly, fast and the whole meal was less than $6 (but don’t forget the tip!). The cashier sat behind a desk in front of an old-fashioned till, just like in an episode of Seinfeld. It was just how I expected it to be. What a great start to the day.
Note: If you do fancy sealing the moment at Tom’s Restaurant by taking lots of photographs, then be aware that no one seems to mind, but bear in mind that it might be a good idea to ask when photographing people. Just like we found when asking that lady behind the till. She was having none of it. Fair play I say, she must be sick of the Seinfeld fans, she probably just wants to get on with her day like the rest of us.