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Posted by Daniel Vargas on 08/22/2014
Let me prelude this review before I go any further. To this point in time, I have had positive experiences at Tom's restaurant from ordering something simple as a milkshake to complicated as broiled chicken. At no point in my decade plus of visits have I ever been so severely disappointed in the quality of my meal and the value allotted to it. I decided to to choose a selection labeled the "mexican wrap" and never have I been so disappointed in a meal. Once would think with a name like the "mexican wrap", the meal would include a tangy flavor which would engage my tastebuds but this was quite the opposite. Instead of getting a tasty hot meal I received a cold, stale, uninspired piece culinary creation. Cold turkey, cold cheese, flavorless tomato, bland avocado, twirled together in a cold flavorless flour wrap. Now I would not be so upset with the quality of my meal if I had not paid 11 dollars for such an abomination. This corner store quality piece of food was paraded as a delicious quality meal. A hot delicious grilled burger would have cost me 2 dollars less and would have been much more enjoyable than this abomination instead of a complete waste of money. Its sad to say that I have eaten better quality food at a bodega for less than half the price I paid to eat at Tom's diner. I specifically travelled over 3 miles from downtown manhattan for the experience and I was devastated by the result. This day going forward I will never recommend anyone I know to each from this bland establishment. I had a much different perception if this establishment for the majority if my life…. now I just feel its no better than a corner store.
Posted by DA on 11/16/2013
I get the feeling that the out-of-towners that review here expect some elaborate dining experience, or pre-packaged extravaganza. It's a real diner. If you come and sit at the counter (even once) they treat you like family. They have good breakfasts in the morning and hot soup on a cold day. Get a milkshake or a coffee and you can catch up on the game, the newspaper, or even the weather with the guys. For culinary wonders, go elsewhere. For a place to rest your bones and get a smile and some hot food, some here.
Posted by RonShapley/UWS on 10/12/2011
who are these people posting negative reviews of Tom's.. It's a diner, for God's sake.. Not a five star establishment.. The armosphere fits me fine and the service has always been friendly, neighborhoody(sp).. Always a nice relaxing time.. Great food, cheap prices.. That's the bottom line... It's all I ask
Posted by Jerry on 07/08/2011
My girlfriend and i went to Tom's diner after a nice dinner in the neighborhood, after watching Seinfield the night before. Thought it would be fun. We ordered pie and cappuccino. The pie were freezing cold, could not really get the sense of the taste because it was so cold and sticky, so i asked the waitress to heat up the pies and put some ice cream on top. Now that the pies are slightly warm or more like room temperature, we can start to taste the plastic and artificial texture. Even the ice cream tasted fake. It was uneatable!!! Our cappuccino were from a packets but watered down. One bite and one sip was we can handle. The bill came to $23.00, the waitress was supper rude, almost throwing the dishes on the table and she did not even ask why we hardly touch the food. I don't think she was surprise. I do not recommend eating at Toms diner. Its such a shame, i love Seinfeld and every time i watch the show will remind me of this disappointing experience.
Posted by Sk on 04/22/2011
I ordered the chicken bowl with no bread (allergic), when it came it had bread on both top and bottom. The waitress was very eager to get us out, and gave us our bill during the first bite. Afterwards they came once more, and told us to hurry up. The bill was at 18 dollars, we gave three dollar tip. But then another waitress came, and yelled at me for not giving enough money. Watching seinfeld will never be the same again :/
Posted by dogrunner on 10/18/2010
Tom's has been a neighborhood/Columbia hangout since long before the invasion of mobs of tourists with bad taste (I have been a customer for over 40 years, since my first freshman week hamburger). If you judge the place by its hamburgers and milkshakes, as apparently are most reviewers, you are missing the point. It is a local diner, with excellent home made soups and hot meals (yes, there are clams in the clam chowder, they usually get stuck in my teeth). Try the vegetable or cream of broccoli soup, on Monday, Manhattan clam chowder, on Friday, or lentil soup on Saturday. Specialty home made main courses include baked breast of lamb, stuffed cabbage in egg-lemon sauce, baked leg of lamb and boiled beef with horseradish sauce. The days for these items vary. The Seinfeld pictures on the wall and Seinfeld's use of the place as a prop have, in fact, had very little effect on the real character of the place, other than to bring in a regular flow of tourists, most of whom are really looking for something else. If you want real food and authentic local New York atmosphere, this is the place.
Posted by Bob h on 10/09/2010
The food, service and atmosphere were all poor to mediocre. Not worth the trip to see it or the money