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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
Posted by peter on 08/03/2010
This place has the best french toast and bacon on the planet. Stick with breakfast
Posted by Anonymous on 07/17/2010
Tom's is as part of the neighborhood as the subway. Good for families!
Posted by Not Silent Not Bob on 02/15/2009
An institution, no, not in the lunatic asylum euphemistic sense, but in that it's been in the neighborhood for forever (and yes that means long before Seinfeld use the exterior and the tourists began to arrive). It's a diner, to be judged as diner food. Generally good, but, yes, it varies. The service, in my experience, is fine if you give the staff a chance. They deal with a lot of tourists who know they'll never return and are notorious for not tipping. Some students (not all) are the same. Treat them with decency and respect (they have a rough job) and you'll probably have a good experience. If not, not. The eggs are good, as are the burgers and fries. Not gourmet, no, as some complain, but good. The prices are reasonable if you're accustomed to New York prices, and insane if you're not. It's a matter of perspective. Yes, the shakes are formidable. A good place, with good people.
Posted by nightvision on 01/16/2009
I've been there lots of times. I worked nearby and it's a good place
Posted by keith Hargreaves on 12/21/2008
As I ate my burger deluxe and looking at the Seinfeld and Vega memorabilia, it hit me that the a fast food chain's third pounder and fries are not that bad after all.